While many Canadians are celebrating The Calgary Stampede’s 100th anniversary this week, animal rights activists around the world hope organizers will come to their senses and shut the rodeo down. Are you looking for something to talk about in class this week? Do you enjoy using authentic materials in the classroom? Introduce your students to this article from the Huffington Post: Bob Barker Wants Stampede Shut Down. Here are some questions to share with your learners after you read the article:
1. What is a “chuckwagon”?
2. What does the expression “lightning rod” mean?
3. What rules have recently been changed at the stampede in order to appease animal rights groups?
4. Is it possible to have an animal friendly rodeo?
5. Why do you think the Vancouver and Calgary chapters of the Humane society have different opinions?
6. What does the report mention about calf roping?
7. Do you agree or disagree with Bob Barker’s statement below?
“I would like very much to see them celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede by saying that is enough animal cruelty.” Bob Barker for The Canadian Press