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CURRENT EVENT | SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

The Hidden Value of Dirt

Climate change is causing coastal areas to erode, and building them back up with mud and dirt will become increasingly necessary. Fortunately, large construction projects like digging tunnels often involve excavating tons of dirt that could then be moved to coastlines. Instead, it typically gets dumped in the ocean. Listen to learn why dirt is becoming a valuable resource and how people are working to move it to where it can do the most good.

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Story Length: 4:22

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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