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ENGLISH TEST - 10th

Teens and Technology

Teens using Social Media for Good Deeds

Using social media for good deeds is rare. There’s so much bad publicity these days about aloof digital natives and social media.
Cyber-bullying, inappropriate postings on social networking sites that make people look down on teens. But there are also young
people out there using social media in positive ways—sometimes wonderful, life-changing ways that show you’re never too young
to make a difference. These two people are far from being “fakes and wannabes”! …So, get ready to be inspired!

Hannah Alper motivates people of all ages to identify their passion and take action

If there’s such a thing as a social-media prodigy, Hannah Alper is the perfect portray. Hannah, who is
from Toronto, launched her blog Call Me Hannah when she was just nine years old. Hannah’s passion
for speaking out about important causes started early on with her love for animals, which quickly
spread to concern for threatened habitats and the environment as a whole, her father recalls.
Fast forward four years, and Hannah has not only built a huge following for her blog but gained
influence through public speaking and public appeals. She has 34,000 loyal followers on Twitter, writes for The Huffington Post,
and serves as both a Me to We Motivational Speaker and Free the Children Ambassador. Meanwhile, her advocacy has evolved to
also include anti-bullying efforts and celebrating other young role models, including highly regarded, Malala Yousafzai.
Hannah goes by a lot of profiles, from eco-warrior to “kindraiser.” And if you want to know what “kindraising” is, here it is in
Hannah’s own words: “Kindraising is all about making communities and the world change through kindness. I believe that money is
not the only tool to overcome social issues and that compassion, empathy and kindness play a huge role in reaching that goal.”

Jah’Kiyla Atwaters provides the opportunity for children, who can not afford tuition, to play sports

A few years ago, 12-year-old competitive cheerleader Jah’Kiyla Atwaters of Boynton Beach, Fla.—who is also a model and
actress—was practicing cheerleading routines at a park when she noticed some girls outside the gate
watching. When she encouraged them to try cheering, one of them responded, “My mom died, and my sister
is taking care of us. She doesn’t have the means for me to cheer.” Saddened by the hard facts, Jah’kiyla told
her mom, a strong advocate of getting her hands on the things she believes in, and together they formed
the Jump with Jah’kiyla (JWJ) Foundation to provide children who normally couldn’t afford it, the opportunity
to play sports. They created a charity operated website to encourage donations and to help kids and their
families more likely enjoy the benefits of sports. Jah’kiyla also launched a social media campaign last year
asking kids to create unique posters by posting a wide range of photographs depicting their favourite sport.
Due to her gripping personality and personal commitment to this cause, this young girl has been on the
cover of printed and broadcasted media sources.
The website BlackCelebrityGiving highlighted the JWJ Foundation in 2014, recalling, “The urge to help others and her outgoing
personality led Jah’Kiyla to where she is today.” (abridged and adapted from:https://safesmartsocial.com/teens-using-social-media-good-deeds/)
I - READING COMPREHENSION

A - Read the introductory paragraph and answer the following questions.

1. Explain the meaning of “Using social media for good deeds is rare.”
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
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2. Why do you think current digital natives are described as “aloof”?
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
3. According to the paragraph, what do teenagers do that make adults not see them with good eyes?
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
4. What does the statement -These two people are far from being “fakes and wannabes”- immediately tell you regarding
the people you are going to read about?
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Read Hannah Halper’s text and do the tasks that follow it.

B – Write TRUE (T) or FALSE (F) next to the statements below.

1. Hannah embodies what a social-media extraordinary person should be. ____


2. She began to write on a personal website later on in life. ____
3. Prior to her environmental awareness, she was already making an impact on an issue that was dear to her. ____
4. We know a little about her early life because of her dad’s statement. ____
5. Hannah is still a teenager. ____
6. When she talks in public, she just does it in her own name. ____
7. She tries to assure people that not all youth should be looked down on. ____
8. She believes financial support should go hand in hand with other kind of social support. ____

C – Find a word or expression in the text that means the same as:

1. A very talented or gifted person ______________________

2. Put in danger _________________

3. Much admired; full of prestige ______________________

4. To deal with an obstacle successfully ___________________


Read Jah’kila’s text and do the tasks that follow it.

D. Find a phrase /expression that proves the following: (put only the necessary information that focuses on
what is asked. INFORMATION MAY NOT BE IN SEQUENCE ORDER!!!
1. Others have shared their appreciation for Jah’kila’s achievements.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
2. We are sure that people have either seen her on television or the radio.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
3. Jah’kila has most probably appeared in newspapers.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
4. Young people were not to just encouraged to create a poster with a simple picture they happened to have at home.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
5. Jah’kila is in the entertainment industry.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
6. Solidarity is a key element of the platform they created.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
7. One of the girls was from a disadvantaged family.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
8. The place where the girls saw her cheerlead was surrounded by a fence or a wall.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________

E. Write who or what the highlighted words in the text refer to.
1. who ______________________________ 2. them _______________________
3. her _______________________ 4. their _______________________

II – VOCABULARY

Read these young people’s opinions about the role of media in people’s
lives. Fill in the gaps with the words (NUMBERS) in the box.

1. sensational 2. youth 3. window 4. societies 5. portrayed


6. perceive 7. achievements 8. deal 9. depict 10. tool

“I think that the cause of all this is the way our ____function. People are still convinced that we, young people, have no
positive contribution to make…our society is also more interested in hearing ____news…the media reacts to the
society’s wants. It’s a consumer____.” - 16-year-old girl from United Arab Emirates

“The media is a powerful ___to influence behavior, the way people think and the way people ___the world. In this way,
you’d think that the media would use its power for positive change. Instead, we still see images of good for nothing
___instead of the progressive people we are trying to be.” - 21-year-old girl from Zambia
“The media gives us a ___to the world, of what is happening in our own and other countries. The image ___through that
media is diverse; it can bring us information on the ___of children overcoming adversity, or ___their abuse.” - 19-year-
old boy from the UK

III - GRAMMAR

A. Add the missing dependent prepositions to these verbs, nouns or adjectives.

1. That journalist was expelled ______ the journalist committee group because his news stories were biased.
2. His blog is based ______ rumors he hears. He is devoted ______ telling lies.
3. Are you a fan ______that good for nothing tabloid?
4. He was blamed ______ all the lies he posted ______ his Facebook page.
5. He is an expert ______digital natives.
6. You should stick ______ the facts when writing a news story.

B. Form a new word from the one given in brackets so as to coherently complete the sentence.

1. I’m _________________ (hope) that I will get the _________________ (authorize) I need to enter that private
network group.
2. He comes from a _________________ (develop) country with access to _________________ (educate).
3. He has all sorts of electronic ________________ (equip) at home.
4. Mobile devices keep children _________________ (entertain).
5. He is a _________________ (succeed) blogger that has made a big _________________ (contribute) for
Kenyan teenagers.

C. Circle the correct relative pronoun.

1. The man WHO/ WHOSE I met yesterday is a CNN reporter.


2. John, WHO /WHOSE wife works for The Times, couldn’t participate in the discussion.
3. That is the blog WHICH / WHO I always read.
4. My e-mail account, WHICH / THAT was blocked, is working now.
5. Students WHOSE / WHO blogs provide trustworthy information will receive an award.
6. I wish I could visit the art gallery which / who houses those famous paintings.

D. Join these sentences using a relative pronoun. Make any necessary changes.

1. Citizens post news stories on the web. They usually become amateur reporters.
_________________________________________________________________________________________
2. I’ve just posted a blog. It shares some ideas on citizen journalism.
_________________________________________________________________________________________
3. Clarissa was once a bullying victim. Her anti-bullying blog became viral.
_________________________________________________________________________________________
4. School newspapers get more attention from students. They have an online version.
_________________________________________________________________________________________
5. The newspaper asked for the cooperation of our students. Its priority is to make teens aware of internet
dangers.
_________________________________________________________________________________________

E. Rewrite the sentences using the Passive Voice.

1. I saw the journalist’s profile on a social networking site.


___________________________________________________________________________________
2. I don’t update my Facebook page constantly.
___________________________________________________________________________________
3. You should check your social network pages for new likes and friendship requests.
___________________________________________________________________________________
4. Social media has made communication easier.
___________________________________________________________________________________
5. Social media gives people an opportunity to participate actively on issues of their interest.
___________________________________________________________________________________
6. David Warwick wrote a major report about freedom of expression last week.
___________________________________________________________________________________
7. You can buy a large variety of International Press in Portugal.
___________________________________________________________________________________
8. The politician is discussing copyright laws in the Parliament right now.
___________________________________________________________________________________

IV – WRITING

Look at the cartoon and caption below it. Then express your opinion on it, making a connection to the topic that
has been discussed in class. Use no more than 80-120 words.
I - READING COMPREHENSION

A - Read the introductory paragraph and answer the following questions.

1. Explain the meaning of “Using social media for good deeds is rare.”
Most social media users don’t use these networks for a good purpose. Only a few use it in a positive way.
2. Why do you think current digital natives are described as “aloof”?
Because current digital natives are disconnected from the real world. They are not aware of the things they do online.
They are emotionally detached and distant.
3. According to the paragraph, what do teenagers do that make adults not see them with good eyes?
Teenagers practice cyber-bullying on others and they place inappropriate postings on social media sites. These actions
make adults not see them with good eyes.
4. What does the statement -These two people are far from being “fakes and wannabes”- immediately tell you regarding
the people you are going to read about?
It means that the people in these texts don’t fake their interest in helping others, they genuinely want to change other
people’s lives.

Read Hannah Halper’s text and do the tasks that follow it.

B – Write TRUE (T) or FALSE (F) next to the statements below.

1. Hannah embodies what a social-media extraordinary person should be. T


2. She began to write on a personal website later on in life. F
3. Prior to her environmental awareness, she was already making an impact on an issue that was dear to her. T
4. We know a little about her early life because of her dad’s statement. T
5. Hannah is still a teenager. T
6. When she talks in public, she just does it in her own name. F
7. She tries to assure people that not all youth should be looked down on. T
8. She believes financial support should go hand in hand with other kind of social support. T

C – Find a word or expression in the text that means the same as:

1. A very talented or gifted person PRODIGY

2. Put in danger THREATENED

3. Much admired; full of prestige HIGHLY REGARDED

4. To deal with an obstacle successfully TO OVERCOME


D. Find a phrase /expression that proves the following: (put only the necessary information that focuses on
what is asked. INFORMATION MAY NOT BE IN SEQUENCE ORDER!!!
1. Others have shared their appreciation for Jah’kila’s achievements.
“The website BlackCelebrityGiving highlighted the JWJ Foundation in 2014, recalling, “The urge to help others and her
outgoing personality led Jah’Kiyla to where she is today.”
2. We are sure that people have either seen her on television or the radio.
“this young girl has been … broadcasted media sources.”
3. Jah’kila has most probably appeared in newspapers.
“this young girl has been on the cover of printed … media sources.”
4. Young people were not to just encouraged to create a poster with a simple picture they happened to have at home.
“Jah’kiyla … social media campaign … asking kids to create unique posters by posting a wide range of photographs …
favourite sport”
5. Jah’kila is in the entertainment industry.
“Jah’Kiyla Atwaters of Boynton Beach, Fla.—who is also a model and actress (…)”
6. Solidarity is a key element of the platform they created.
“They created a charity operated website to encourage donations and to help kids and their families (…)”
7. One of the girls was from a disadvantaged family.
“one of them responded, “My mom died, and my sister is taking care of us. She doesn’t have the means for me to cheer.”
8. The place where the girls saw her cheerlead was surrounded by a fence or a wall.
“(…)she noticed some girls outside the gate watching(…)”

E. Write who or what the highlighted words in the text refer to.
1. who - Jah’Kiyla 2. Them - some of the girls who had been watching her
3. her - Jah’Kiyla’S MOM 4. Their - the kids’

II – VOCABULARY

Read these young people’s opinions about the role of media in people’s
lives. Fill in the gaps with the words (NUMBERS) in the box.

1. sensational 2. youth 3. window 4. societies 5. portrayed


6. perceive 7. achievements 8. deal 9. depict 10. tool

“I think that the cause of all this is the way our 4 function. People are still convinced that we, young people, have no
positive contribution to make…our society is also more interested in hearing 1 news…the media reacts to the society’s
wants. It’s a consumer 8.” - 16-year-old girl from United Arab Emirates
“The media is a powerful 10 to influence behavior, the way people think and the way people 6 the world. In this way,
you’d think that the media would use its power for positive change. Instead, we still see images of good for nothing 3
instead of the progressive people we are trying to be.” - 21-year-old girl from Zambia

“The media gives us a 3 to the world, of what is happening in our own and other countries. The image 5 through that
media is diverse; it can bring us information on the 7 of children overcoming adversity, or 9 their abuse.” - 19-year-old
boy from the UK

III - GRAMMAR

F. Add the missing dependent prepositions to these verbs, nouns or adjectives.

7. That journalist was expelled FROM the journalist committee group because his news stories were biased.
8. His blog is based ON rumors he hears. He is devoted TO telling lies.
9. Are you a fan OFthat good for nothing tabloid?
10. He was blamed FOR all the lies he posted ON his Facebook page.
11. He is an expert ON digital natives.
12. You should stick TO the facts when writing a news story.

G. Form a new word from the one given in brackets so as to coherently complete the sentence.

6. I’m HOPEFUL/HOPING (hope) that I will get the AUTHORIZATION (authorize) I need to enter that private
network group.
7. He comes from a DEVELOPED (develop) country with access to EDUCATION (educate).
8. He has all sorts of electronic EQUIPMENT (equip) at home.
9. Mobile devices keep children ENTERTAINED (entertain).
10. He is a SUCCESSFUL (succeed) blogger that has made a big CONTRIBUTION (contribute) for Kenyan
teenagers.

H. Circle the correct relative pronoun.

7. The man WHO/ WHOSE I met yesterday is a CNN reporter.


8. John, WHO /WHOSE wife works for The Times, couldn’t participate in the discussion.
9. That is the blog WHICH / WHO I always read.
10. My e-mail account, WHICH / THAT was blocked, is working now.
11. Students WHOSE / WHO blogs provide trustworthy information will receive an award.
12. I wish I could visit the art gallery which / who houses those famous paintings.

I. Join these sentences using a relative pronoun. Make any necessary changes.

1. Citizens post news stories on the web. They usually become amateur reporters.
Citizens who post news stories on the web usually become…
2. I’ve just posted a blog. It shares some ideas on citizen journalism.
I’ve just posted a blog that / which shares…
3. Clarissa was once a bullying victim. Her anti-bullying blog became viral.
Clarissa, whose anti-bullying blog became viral, was once…
4. School newspapers get more attention from students. They have an online version.
School newspapers that / which have an online version get…
5. The newspaper asked for the cooperation of our students. Its priority is to make teens aware of internet
dangers.
The school newspaper, whose priority is to make teens aware of internet dangers, asked…

J. Rewrite the sentences using the Passive Voice.

1. I saw the journalist’s profile on a social networking site.


The journalist’s profile was seen on …
2. I don’t update my Facebook page constantly.
My Facebook page isn’t constantly updated.
3. You should check your social network pages for new likes and friendship requests.
Your network pages should be checked for…
4. Social media has made communication easier.
Communication has been made easier by social media.
5. Social media gives people an opportunity to participate actively on issues of their interest.
People are given an opportunity to … with /by social media.
6. David Warwick wrote a major report about freedom of expression last week.
A major report about freedom of expression was written by David Warwick last week.
7. You can buy a large variety of International Press in Portugal.
A large variety of International Press can be bought in Portugal.
8. The politician is discussing copyright laws in the Parliament right now.
Copyright laws are being discussed in Parliament right now.

IV – WRITING

Look at the cartoon and caption below it. Then express your opinion on it, making a connection to the topic that
has been discussed in class. Use no more than 80-120 words.
Sample text:

This cartoon conveys the idea that social media is not only distancing people from face-to-face communication, but also
degrading their knowledge and literary skills. Besides, they usually get to the point in which there is no topic for
conversation. The abuse of social media networks can, therefore, lead to an addiction that removes our social life skills.
People who are addicted to social media tend to ignore their friends and family, making them completely aloof and
alienated.

In conclusion, social media has its positive and negative aspects, which is why people should control the time they
spend there.