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CURRENT EVENT | AUGUST 21, 2015

Falcons in Skyscrapers

Peregrine falcons are making skyscrapers in many large cities their new homes. By living in urban areas and nesting on tall bridges and skyscrapers instead of cliffs, they have plentiful food and safe nesting areas. In Massachusetts, there are now about 35 pair of these previously endangered birds, more than there have ever been. The population rebounded after the birds shifted their habitat. Some are nesting in skyscrapers in downtown Boston. Listen to this story about three fledgling peregrine falcons who are learning to fly from their nest on the 19th floor of Boston University housing tower.

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Story Length: 5:58

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Listening Comprehension Questions

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  • 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?

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  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
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