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Liang in a Chinese Cancer Village



Liang in a Chinese Cancer Village
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.83

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    affected, bamboo, cancer, grassy, kinds, leukemia, liang, literature, smelly, spite, temples, happy, also, anyone, back, beautiful
     content words:    Many Chinese


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Other Languages
     French: Liang dans un village à cancer chinois
     Spanish: Liang en un pueblo chino de cáncer
     Italian: Liang in un villaggio cinese del cancro
     German: Liang in einem chinesischen Krebsdorf


Liang in a Chinese Cancer Village
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Liang is an old man. His eyes look happy, but he feels sad. He is dying of lung cancer. His village in China has changed a lot. He believes that the pollution there gave him the cancer.
 
2     The river in the village used to flow clear and clean. Today, the water is dark and smelly. The air used to be fresh and clean. Today, the air is dirty. Liang drinks the bad water. He thinks it gave him cancer. New factories in the village have affected the water and air. Liang thinks that the factories brought sickness to his village.
 
3     Many villagers are sick. Over 200 people have different kinds of cancer. Even the children have cancer. It is a blood cancer. It is called leukemia. Because so many people are sick, the village is now called a "cancer village." This has all happened recently.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Research why water is important for human life. Describe one way that water is purified.

2.  Chinese culture has existed for thousands of years. Pretend that you are a scientist and you have to prepare a time capsule to bury for the future. Which items would you put in the time capsule so that future generations will know something about our culture? List two items that you would place in the time capsule and why.

3.  Write up fortune cookie messages for five of your friends. Then, write one for yourself that describes the best thing that could happen in your life.



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