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Greta Thunberg's history


Read this text about Greta Thunberg and learn how she became a Climate Change activist:


Greta Thunberg is a Swedish climate activist leading the school strike for climate. 


She was born on Januray 3rd, 2003 in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden where she still lives with her parents and her younger sister, Beata.

Her mother, Malena Ernman, is a popular opera singer in Sweden. 

Her father, Svante Thunberg, is an actor and the descendant of Svante Arrhenius, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist, who first calculated the greenhouse effect caused by carbon dioxide emissions in 1896, known to some as the “father of climate change science.” He was also named after him.


When she was about 8 years old, she heard about something called “Climate Change” and “Global Warming.”  She started getting interested in this concept when her teachers told her to turn off the lights, save papers, and not to throw out food.


Later, Greta and her younger sister, Beata, were diagnosed with Asperger’s autism and A.D.H.D. (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).



Greta began researching climate change. She gave up eating meat and turned vegan. She also insisted her family turn vegan and give up flying. 

The family also installed solar batteries and started growing their own vegetables outside the city. 


On August 20, 2018, when she had just started ninth grade, she went on a school strike and decided not to attend school until the 2018 Sweden general election on September 9, 2018. 


Adapted by Mrs Williams from  this article






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Exercise 1: Global comprehension

Read the text once and answer the questions


What is the text about?   .

What is she organizing? .

Exercise 2: Detailled comprehension

Read the text a 2nd time and find the vocabulary in the text

What is "suédoise" in English?      It's  .

What is "grève" in English?      It's  .

What is "effet de serre" in English?      It's  .

What is "Global warming" in French?    It's .

What is "Climate change" in French?     It's .

What is "give up" in French?     It's .

Exercise 3: Are the statements Right or Wrong?

Greta Thunberg is 18 years old.  


She is an only-girl.


She lives in Germany.


Her grand-father was a physicist.


She has got a developmental disorder.




For this kind of exercice, I don't usually ask open questions because it's too difficult to find the exact proposition.

That's why I often tell pupils to:


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Exercise 4: Answer this quiz to test your comprehension of the text