Esl lesson Plan Warm-up: Terrorism Are these examples of terrorism? Circle Yes or No

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ESL Lesson Plan Warm-up: Terrorism

Are these examples of terrorism? Circle Yes or No. Try to explain your answers.


Greenpeace stopping a Japanese whaling boat.



The bombing of a medical clinic where abortions take place.



The hacking of a U.S. government website.


  1. How would you define terrorism?

  2. What were you doing when the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened?

Terrorist Leader Osama Bin Laden Dead (May 2nd, 2011)

U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement on Sunday, May 1st, that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been killed triggered celebrations across America. For the U.S. army and its supporters, this was the day they were fighting for.

Bin Laden was found and killed in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. U.S. intelligence found the compound by tracking one of his personal couriers. The name of the courier was received years earlier through “questionable” methods used on terrorist suspects in CIA prisons.

After a short fight, U.S. military forces captured bin Laden’s body. The US media reports that the body was later buried at sea to according to Islamic practice of a burial within 24 hours and to prevent a burial site from becoming a shrine.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented that the recent protests in the Arab world against authoritarian governments are another sign of the defeat of al-Qaeda and its ideology. US allies are calling the news an achievement. Other leaders, such as Prime Minister Ismail Haniya of Gaza, have called bin Laden a “Muslim and Arabic warrior” who fought two superpowers in the name of jihad.

US embassies are on now on the lookout for counterattacks attacks by al-Qaeda.

Bin Laden claimed responsibility for the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. He was at large for nearly 10 years, despite a 25 million dollar reward for information leading to his capture. [240 words]


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