Mark Zuckerberg Kills his own Dinner

Facebook Creator Reveals his Personal Challenge of the Year

Vegetarian LessonHave you heard about Mark Zuckerberg’s latest personal challenge? Each year the Facebook creator gives himself a new personal challenge. Last year he learned Chinese. This year the only meat he is eating comes from animals that he kills with his own hands. Does this mean he is a vegetarian? Not exactly. He has already killed a pig, a goat and some chickens. Why not share Mark Zuckerberg’s description of this challenge with your students. He wrote an email in plain and simple English that will give your students something to talk about! You can find his one paragraph explanation in this Huffington Post’s article: Mark Zuckerberg: I’m Eating Only the Meat I Kill.  Read the text out loud, or print it and have your students read it. Then have a discussion about it.

Here are some questions to get the conversation rolling:
1. Why do you think Mark Zuckerberg gives himself an annual personal challenge?
2. What would you do if someone told you that you had to kill your own dinner? Would you become a vegetarian?
3. What do you think is more difficult, this year’s challenge or last year’s challenge? Why?

Class activity: You could also have your students write out personal challenges for themselves. Or, students could think of a list of personal challenges. They could then poll their classmates to see who would be willing to accept these challenges.

We hope you will also try  our full-length Health Lesson on Vegetarianism (Coming in June) . Our NEW lesson is based on the list 10 reasons people choose vegetarianism.

While our Something to Talk About suggestions are useful for getting your students involved in a group or pair discussion, the topics, articles, and videos can also be used if you are looking for something for your students to blog/Skype/or write an opinion essay about. This week you could have your students create a Facebook page for your school or class. Speaking of Facebook, don’t forget to join ESL-Library’s Facebook page. There’s a big giveaway going on!

Related in the ESL-Library:
Health: Vegetarianism (Coming in June!)
Famous People: Steve Jobs
Famous People: Bill Gates
Discussion Starters: Social Media
Business in English: Internet Entrepreneurs

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