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CURRENT EVENT | MAY 18, 2022

Kangaroo Rat Rebounds

Around the world, conservationists work hard to protect endangered species from extinction. Their efforts are paying off in California, where an adorable rodent, the kangaroo rat, has moved off the endangered species list. The small, hopping critter plays an important role in the region’s ecosystem, but human encroachment into its habitat has threatened its survival. Listen to learn how the dwindling kangaroo rat population is being restored.

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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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