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Reading Activity Handout

1) Read the following text and as you do, make pictures in your mind.

2) Ignore any words you don’t know. We will work on words later in the lesson.

Extract from “The Beach” 

Think about a lagoon, hidden from the sea and passing boats by a high, curving wall of rock. Then imagine white sands and coral gardens never damaged by dynamite fishing or trawling nets. Freshwater falls scatter the island, surrounded by jungle – not the forests of inland Thailand, but jungle. Canopies three levels deep, plants untouched for a thousand years, strangely coloured birds and monkeys in the trees.

On the white sands, fishing in the coral gardens, a select community of travellers pass the months. They leave if they want to, they return, the beach never changes. 

‘Select?’ I asked quietly, as if talking through a dream. Zeph’s vision had entirely consumed me.

‘Select,’ he replied. ‘Word of mouth passes on the location to a lucky few.’

‘It’s paradise, ‘Sammy murmured. ‘It’s Eden.‘

‘Eden,‘ Zeph agreed, ‘is how it sounds.’  

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