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Clara and friends - Clara is leaving the youth centre, waving good bye to her friends who look on.

The Youth Council

The Youth Council

This story is about Clara. This week, Orlando the coach asks Clara to represent Morro Verde at the Football Association's Youth Council.
Clara has just finished football practice with her friends. As she’s leaving the pitch, the coach asks her to hold back because he wants to speak to her. The coach gives Rini a letter from the national sports youth council. It’s an invitation to represent Morro Verde at the city’s youth sports council. The coach asks her to talk to her friends about the issues she should bring up. Her friends laugh – Why would you want to represent Morro Verde? What a waste of time!
 
Vocabulary: In this activity, you have to match the words from the comic with the descriptions
Match the words to the descriptions
When she arrives at the council meeting rooms (attached to a hotel in the city centre), she looks for information. There’s a display with an agenda and list of participants. There are also name badges. She stands behind a couple of kids from rich neighbourhoods who are looking at the information and overhears one of them, (Rita) saying: “I can’t believe they’ve invited someone from Morro Verde… That place is a dump.” Clara is embarrassed and puts her name badge in her bag.
 
She makes friends with the other representatives and gets on well with most of them. The discussion is good and she participates fully.  She goes back to Morro Verde and tells her friends all about it (except for the part about lying about where she’s from) and how fantastic it was.   She tells her friends that next week she will be taking part in a debate at the council.
 
Activity 2: In this activity, you have to read statements about the story so far and decide if they are true or false.
True or false?
At the youth sports council:   The council is talking about a citywide sports tournament.  Clara is one of six representatives at the youth sports council - each representing an area of the city. The representatives discuss where the tournament should be held in front of an audience of senior council members and other interested parties.  Rita stands up and states that the tournament should be held at her school because they have the best facilities and pitches. We can’t risk our lives by going to Morro Verde - we’ll all be mugged the moment we set foot there!
 
Clara stands up. She states that each area should hold matches.  All areas should have this opportunity. Kids from poorer areas can’t afford to cross the city - it takes time and money.  Other representatives agree and the audience applauds. Rita looks angry.
 
Activity 3: This activity is about expressions with the very 'get'. You have to drag the verbs into the correct sentences so that they match the descriptions.
Phrases with 'get'
Her team is playing in the youth tournament. Their first match is against a team from one of the richest neighbourhoods in the city. As soon as the team arrives, she spots the Rita. Rita sees her and laughs and tells her that she will be thrown off the Youth Council when they find out she lied.
 
Morro Verde lose the match. Clara confesses to her coach. Her coach tells her it’s OK. They go together to visit the council to explain.
 
The council are very understanding and apologise for making her feel uncomfortable. They praise her, saying they value her presence in the council and ask her to stay. Rita is told off the by the Council for not welcoming Clara and not showing the spirit of football. Clara finds her name badge and puts it on.
 
 

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What do you think?

1. What did Clara think of her neighbourhood at the beginning of the story?
2. How do you think Clara feels now?
3. Are you always proud about where you are from? 
4. Do you have neighbourhoods in your city that are poor?
5. How does that affect the people who live there?
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Abbey
04/08/2023
BR
69
points

Really good story. I think it was really well structured. It has a good plot twist at the end with Rita being told off. (Murilo)


Abbey
04/08/2023 18:55
Brazil
Arsenal
69

Really good story. I think it was really well structured. It has a good plot twist at the end with Rita being told off. (Murilo)

KareemZain
02/08/2023
EG
383
points

1. Clara was so ashamed of her neighbourhood for being called a dump.
2. I think Clara is now happy and proud.
3. Yes, I am.
4. Yes, a lot of neighbourhoods including mine.
5. Some people feel ashamed for where they are from but some are proud and not ashamed.


KareemZain
02/08/2023 14:48
Egypt
Manchester City
383

1. Clara was so ashamed of her neighbourhood for being called a dump.
2. I think Clara is now happy and proud.
3. Yes, I am.
4. Yes, a lot of neighbourhoods including mine.
5. Some people feel ashamed for where they are from but some are proud and not ashamed.

mucasame
15/08/2022
BR
87
points

easy


mucasame
15/08/2022 20:46
Brazil
Manchester City
87

easy

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hsn
05/06/2022
TR
5537
points

What do you think
• I never proud or ashamed about where I'm from. My birth place has been selected by God. It’s just destiny.
• In my neighborhood residents are consist of middle-class except doorkeepers. But there are many neighbourhoods in my city that are poor. In these places, some city services must be intensified and free.
Phrases
• He represented our neighborhood at the city council to talk citywide issues. The meeting held in the city hall.First item to discuss, electricity cut off very often.
• Rough people should be kept away from society.
• The moment I set foot there I felt that this place was marvellous.
• He had cheated in the test therefore was told off. He was ashamed of being cheater.


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hsn
05/06/2022 16:39
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5537

What do you think
• I never proud or ashamed about where I'm from. My birth place has been selected by God. It’s just destiny.
• In my neighborhood residents are consist of middle-class except doorkeepers. But there are many neighbourhoods in my city that are poor. In these places, some city services must be intensified and free.
Phrases
• He represented our neighborhood at the city council to talk citywide issues. The meeting held in the city hall.First item to discuss, electricity cut off very often.
• Rough people should be kept away from society.
• The moment I set foot there I felt that this place was marvellous.
• He had cheated in the test therefore was told off. He was ashamed of being cheater.

Michaelsun
27/03/2022
CN
738
points

Clara thought her neighborhood don’t like Morro Verde.
Clara feel happy because the Youth Council understood her.
There are not big difference in neighborhoods in a city of China.


Michaelsun
27/03/2022 08:23
China
Manchester United
738

Clara thought her neighborhood don’t like Morro Verde.
Clara feel happy because the Youth Council understood her.
There are not big difference in neighborhoods in a city of China.

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Gabriel Amaral
05/03/2021
BR
1512
points

1. She thougt that despites her meighbourhood beeing poor and far from the biggest centers, they might be held some of the tournament matches.
2. Ashamed because of her lies, but proud for her defences about her communitie.
3. Not always, but almost every time.
4. Yeah, a lot of, unfortunalety. Actually my neighbourhood is poor.
5. That affects their job opportunities, their access to schools or universities, and other things. And that situation might increase the distance between the rich people and the poor people every siblge day


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Gabriel Amaral
05/03/2021 16:27
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

1. She thougt that despites her meighbourhood beeing poor and far from the biggest centers, they might be held some of the tournament matches.
2. Ashamed because of her lies, but proud for her defences about her communitie.
3. Not always, but almost every time.
4. Yeah, a lot of, unfortunalety. Actually my neighbourhood is poor.
5. That affects their job opportunities, their access to schools or universities, and other things. And that situation might increase the distance between the rich people and the poor people every siblge day

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mobeckham
05/07/2020
TR
6511
points

1. She felt ashamed because she heard others talking about her neighbourhood in a bad way.
2. She feels proud of herself , her coach and her neighbourhood.
3. I’m always proud of where I’m from.
4. Of course, we have few poor neighbourhoods in our city.
5. Sometimes they feel ashamed whereas some others study hard to succeed and live in a better place.


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mobeckham
05/07/2020 09:08
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

1. She felt ashamed because she heard others talking about her neighbourhood in a bad way.
2. She feels proud of herself , her coach and her neighbourhood.
3. I’m always proud of where I’m from.
4. Of course, we have few poor neighbourhoods in our city.
5. Sometimes they feel ashamed whereas some others study hard to succeed and live in a better place.

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Ahage
08/06/2020
CD
8
points

She felt ashamed about it because Rita said it was dump
She is now happy because she was reconforted by the council team and told her she should not be ashamed and at the end the told Rita that she didn't be welcome
Am proud of where I live
Some of our neighborhoods are poor and people fell ashamed about it sometimes but it is difficult to change some people behavior.


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Ahage
08/06/2020 07:08
Congo (Kinshasa)
Arsenal
8

She felt ashamed about it because Rita said it was dump
She is now happy because she was reconforted by the council team and told her she should not be ashamed and at the end the told Rita that she didn't be welcome
Am proud of where I live
Some of our neighborhoods are poor and people fell ashamed about it sometimes but it is difficult to change some people behavior.

Ewan Croasdale
22/04/2020
GB
31
points

Clara felt ashamed of her town at the beginning of the story but now she feels proud of where she is from.
I am always proud of where I am from and love playing for my football team.


Ewan Croasdale
22/04/2020 10:23
United Kingdom
Liverpool
31

Clara felt ashamed of her town at the beginning of the story but now she feels proud of where she is from.
I am always proud of where I am from and love playing for my football team.

rickymanoel
19/02/2020
BR
57
points

1- She fells bad and ashamed.
2-Now she fells happy, because Clara is going to represent Morro verde in the youth council.
3-Sometimes, not always.
4-Yes, there are some.
5-They don't have basic stuff (sewerage, public transportation,etc...)


rickymanoel
19/02/2020 18:46
Brazil
Liverpool
57

1- She fells bad and ashamed.
2-Now she fells happy, because Clara is going to represent Morro verde in the youth council.
3-Sometimes, not always.
4-Yes, there are some.
5-They don't have basic stuff (sewerage, public transportation,etc...)

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josegsalass
28/11/2019
VE
581
points

She felt ashamed about living in Morro Verde but later she changed her mind and accepted that she lied to people because of her living place. Many people, especially the ones coming from slums or rural places don't feel proud where they are from.


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josegsalass
28/11/2019 00:02
Venezuela
Liverpool
581

She felt ashamed about living in Morro Verde but later she changed her mind and accepted that she lied to people because of her living place. Many people, especially the ones coming from slums or rural places don't feel proud where they are from.

Guime boy
03/05/2019
BR
51
points

1)she felt ashamed and didn't want to comment about Morro Verde.
2)she feels better because people understood why she lied.
3)I would like to be born in a place that had more nature and less pollution.
4)Yes these neighborhoods resemble Morro Verde.
5)it affects people because they lack basic infrastructure.


Guime boy
03/05/2019 23:03
Brazil
Arsenal
51

1)she felt ashamed and didn't want to comment about Morro Verde.
2)she feels better because people understood why she lied.
3)I would like to be born in a place that had more nature and less pollution.
4)Yes these neighborhoods resemble Morro Verde.
5)it affects people because they lack basic infrastructure.

Ebony
03/03/2019
HK
8
points

I think she feels better now.
2.yeah kind of.
3.no
4.???


Ebony
03/03/2019 10:31
Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Liverpool
8

I think she feels better now.
2.yeah kind of.
3.no
4.???

karsten
20/11/2018
NL
24
points

just good


karsten
20/11/2018 08:51
Netherlands
Liverpool
24

just good

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RafaelRC
14/04/2017
BR
663
points

Good history


RafaelRC's picture
RafaelRC
14/04/2017 12:41
Brazil
Arsenal
663

Good history

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bac_ho1
27/01/2017
GE
93
points

goooooood


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bac_ho1
27/01/2017 07:02
Georgia
Arsenal
93

goooooood

joto
15/06/2016
AT
271
points

She is proud of her neighbourhood, sure.


joto
15/06/2016 08:14
Austria
Stoke City
271

She is proud of her neighbourhood, sure.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4768
points

The people who who live there are in secured, unhealthy and unsafe


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:10
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

The people who who live there are in secured, unhealthy and unsafe

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4768
points

Yes there are neighbourhoods in my city that are poor


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:07
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

Yes there are neighbourhoods in my city that are poor

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4768
points

I am proud of where am from.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:06
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

I am proud of where am from.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4768
points

She feels happy


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:05
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

She feels happy

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4768
points

She wasn't worried about her neighborhood


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:04
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

She wasn't worried about her neighborhood

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
01/03/2016
TR
1761
points

She said it's central neighbourhood.
She might feel relieved.
Yes,I am.
Yes,I have.
If they live in poor neighbourhood,they usually look pessimist against life.


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HakanUslu1881
01/03/2016 23:18
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

She said it's central neighbourhood.
She might feel relieved.
Yes,I am.
Yes,I have.
If they live in poor neighbourhood,they usually look pessimist against life.

tonucatien
07/01/2016
VN
271
points

1. At the beginning of the story, Clara didn't think anything about where she lives. She was ashamed when she heard Rita said that her neighbourhood is a dump place.
2. I think now she feels proud of her neighbourhood.
3. Yes, I am.
4. Yes, we have many.
5. In poor neighbourhoods, there's many disadvantages, especially for children. They grow up in a not good environment, in a bad condition, their parent are so busy to work out for money. They learn in poor quality, play in dangerous, eat unsafe food. They swear uncontrolled. They smoke early....Not always, but people think about them in negative.
About the quiz, in 7th question, I think Clara was upset because she lied, not because she thought she would have to leave the Youth Council.


tonucatien
07/01/2016 03:38
Vietnam
Liverpool
271

1. At the beginning of the story, Clara didn't think anything about where she lives. She was ashamed when she heard Rita said that her neighbourhood is a dump place.
2. I think now she feels proud of her neighbourhood.
3. Yes, I am.
4. Yes, we have many.
5. In poor neighbourhoods, there's many disadvantages, especially for children. They grow up in a not good environment, in a bad condition, their parent are so busy to work out for money. They learn in poor quality, play in dangerous, eat unsafe food. They swear uncontrolled. They smoke early....Not always, but people think about them in negative.
About the quiz, in 7th question, I think Clara was upset because she lied, not because she thought she would have to leave the Youth Council.

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Rich
07/01/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Tonucatien,

Thanks for your answers, I agree with a lot of what you say. In question 7, you're right she is upset because she lied and leaving the youth council would be a consequence of this, so I would say that is the closest of the three options. What do you think?


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Rich
07/01/2016 09:04
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Tonucatien,

Thanks for your answers, I agree with a lot of what you say. In question 7, you're right she is upset because she lied and leaving the youth council would be a consequence of this, so I would say that is the closest of the three options. What do you think?

tonucatien
07/01/2016
VN
271
points

Yes, if we must choose one among those choices. But it is not an 100% exactly answer.


tonucatien
07/01/2016 09:43
Vietnam
Liverpool
271

Yes, if we must choose one among those choices. But it is not an 100% exactly answer.

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aragorn1986
26/12/2015
ME
3557
points

It may affect people who live there but the city I'm from is very small so they can get to the center of town within 15minutes.


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aragorn1986
26/12/2015 20:43
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

It may affect people who live there but the city I'm from is very small so they can get to the center of town within 15minutes.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
26/12/2015
ME
3557
points

Several poor neighbourhoods but that doesn't mean that it is unsafe though.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
26/12/2015 20:42
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Several poor neighbourhoods but that doesn't mean that it is unsafe though.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
26/12/2015
ME
3557
points

I am proud of my neighbourhood, sure.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
26/12/2015 20:41
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I am proud of my neighbourhood, sure.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
26/12/2015
ME
3557
points

Clara feels better now. She realized she has to defend her attitude even others may try to beat her arguments.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
26/12/2015 20:40
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Clara feels better now. She realized she has to defend her attitude even others may try to beat her arguments.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
26/12/2015
ME
3557
points

Clara thinks that they will have to prove that they are capable to organize the tournament.


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aragorn1986
26/12/2015 20:38
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Clara thinks that they will have to prove that they are capable to organize the tournament.

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Manuel64657c8b
06/11/2015
MX
18
points

Activities are very good and entertaining


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Manuel64657c8b
06/11/2015 00:52
Mexico
Chelsea
18

Activities are very good and entertaining

Manuel64657c8b's picture
Manuel64657c8b
06/11/2015
MX
18
points

the activities of program excellent level , good


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Manuel64657c8b
06/11/2015 00:34
Mexico
Chelsea
18

the activities of program excellent level , good

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Armando130599
05/11/2015
MX
14
points

This activity is good


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Armando130599
05/11/2015 14:03
Mexico
Arsenal
14

This activity is good

Arturo GarciaZ
05/11/2015
MX
11
points

a story that makes us think that no matter of where you come always keep sportsmanship and not discriminate.


Arturo GarciaZ
05/11/2015 13:56
Mexico
Manchester United
11

a story that makes us think that no matter of where you come always keep sportsmanship and not discriminate.

ahmed4archi
09/08/2015
DZ
0
points

1. clara think about her neighbouhood at the beginning of the story poor.
2. clara feels now so happy.
3. yes i'am so proud about where i'am from.
4. yes i'have a poor neighbourhoods in my city.
5.poor neighbourhoods affect unsafe,to people who live there.


ahmed4archi
09/08/2015 10:55
Algeria
Chelsea
0

1. clara think about her neighbouhood at the beginning of the story poor.
2. clara feels now so happy.
3. yes i'am so proud about where i'am from.
4. yes i'have a poor neighbourhoods in my city.
5.poor neighbourhoods affect unsafe,to people who live there.

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Rema
31/07/2015
RS
538
points

If i understand the answer for 8. question Rita was fired(''told off for being mean'') from Youth Council, but I can't find that data in the text above.
I can guess that he got fired, but literally I can't find that in the text.


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Rema
31/07/2015 10:24
Serbia
West Ham United
538

If i understand the answer for 8. question Rita was fired(''told off for being mean'') from Youth Council, but I can't find that data in the text above.
I can guess that he got fired, but literally I can't find that in the text.

Ebony
03/03/2019
HK
8
points

Well done


Ebony
03/03/2019 10:32
Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Liverpool
8

Well done

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