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2. Match the main ideas you ticked in the previous exercise with the details below. Write the number of the main idea next to the detail.

___3___ a. Some murders are mistakes, caused by anger or fear.

_______ b. The government spends millions of tax dollars on execution decisions.

_______ c. Most people would rather go to prison than be executed.

_______ d. Caryl Chessman learned not to hate while in prison.

_______ e. The message of execution is that murderers will not be allowed to live.

_______ f. The government can make mistakes when it decides if a person is

guilty or not.

_______ g. Prisoners have the basic pleasures of eating and sleeping.

_______ h. Executing the murderer is a violent act.

3. Look back at the ideas you listed in the pre-reading task. Which ideas did you predict correctly? Discuss your predictions with your group.

4. When you have finished, find a partner from the other group and swap information about the opinions presented in the two editorials.

5. What kind of person wrote "Life in Prison Is Still Life: Why Should a Killer Live?" Look at the following list of qualities, and circle two or three you think best describe this person.

  • believes in forgiveness

  • cares about prisoners

  • believes in fairness

  • cares about victims

  • hopes to change people

  • wants to protect society

6. What kind of person wrote "Why Do We Kill People to Show That Killing People Is Wrong?" Look at the following list of qualities, and circle two or three you think best describe this person.

  • cares about prison workers

  • believes freedom is important

  • cares about prisoners' families

  • wants other countries to follow the United States

  • believes mistakes are unusual

  • hopes that people will change

/From North Star: reading and writing. Second edition. Laurie Barton, Carolyn Dupaquier Sardinas/

Writing 2

Look at the survey ‘Capital punishment in the USA’ conducted by Harris. Write a survey report describing some of the information it contains, and giving some possible explanation for the data.

The Harris Poll. Dec. 10-16, 2003. N=993 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3

Do you believe in capital punishment, that is, the death penalty, or are you opposed to it?”

Believe in it

Opposed to it

Not sure

12/03

69

22

9

7/01

67

26

7

2000

64

25

11

1999

71

21

8

1997

75

22

3

1983

68

27

5

1976

67

25

8

1973

59

31

10

1970

47

42

11

1969

48

38

14

1965

38

47

15

Do you feel that executing people who commit murder deters others from committing murder, or do you think such executions don’t have much effect?”

Deters others

Not much effect

Not sure

12/03

41

53

6

7/01

42

52

7

2000

44

50

7

1999

47

49

4

1997

49

49

2

1983

63

32

5

1976

59

34

7

In general, would you like to see an increase or decrease in the number of convicted criminals who are executed, or no change?”

Increase

Decrease

No change

Not sure

12/03

36

21

33

11

7/01

35

26

30

8

2000

36

22

31

11

1999

43

21

28

7

1997

53

14

27

6

Do you think that innocent people are sometimes convicted of murder, or that this never happens?”

Sometimes

Never

Not sure

12/03

95

4

2

7/01

94

3

3

2000

94

5

1

1999

95

3

1

/http://www.pollingreport.com/crime.htm/

Listening 3 Arguments Against the Death Penalty

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