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Give Yourself Up – And Get A Mani-Pedi?

Eccotique posterIf you turn yourself in to police and admit you were part of last year’s Stanley Cup riot, you could get a free manicure or pedicure.

Last June, there was a major riot in Vancouver after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to Boston. Crowds swarmed the streets, smashing store windows and stealing things.

So many people were involved that the police are still trying to identify who did what.

Vancouver’s Eccotique Salons has an unusual promotion to help the police identify and arrest the rioters. They are offering a $50 “Calm Down And De-Stress Gift Certificate” to any rioter who gives himself up to police. The gift certificate can be used for a massage, a pedicure or other spa services.

In order to receive the gift certificate, rioters must show an official arrest form from the Vancouver police. They call the promotion a win-win for the police and the suspects. “Suspects can finally come to terms with their conscience, while the police can see justice is done,” Eccotique’s website says.

They hope their promotion will help police catch the people who stole things and vandalised businesses in the city last June.

After Eccotique launched its new promotion some people have complained about it, saying it rewards rioters who did bad things, according to the Ottawa Sun newspaper.

So far, no one has come forward to give themselves up and claim their free massage.

By Jonathan Tilly

Writing/Discussion Prompt
Today’s article explains that some people have complained about Eccotique Salon’s promotion because it rewards people who have done something wrong. On the other hand, the spa has described its deal as a win-win. Who do you agree with and why?

Reading Prompt
Readers need to use many strategies when reading. One such skill is sounding out onsets and rimes. Onsets and rimes are two parts that come together to make a single syllable. The onset is the first consonant or consonant blend – before the vowel. The rime is the vowel plus any consonant that follows. For example, in the one syllable word “swim,” sw is the onset and im is the rime.

Find all of the one-syllable words in today’s article. Underline all of the onsets and circle all of the rimes.

Primary, Junior, and Intermediate
Predict the meaning of and rapidly solve unfamiliar words using different
types of cues, including: graphophonic (phonological and graphic) cues (e.g., onset and rime; syllables; similarities between words with common spelling patterns and unknown words; words within words) (OME, Reading: 3.2).

Grammar Feature: “into” / “in to”
Did you need to reread the first sentence of today’s story? If so, you likely misread the words “in to.” And instead of learning that individuals were being asked to admit their involvement in last year’s riot, you may have mistakenly believed that these citizens were becoming police officers. Whoops! Reread the first sentence now and see the difference for yourself.

If you turn yourself in to police and admit you were part of last year’s Stanley Cup riot, you could get a free manicure or pedicure.

In the examples below, fill each blank with the words “in to” or “into.”

1. He went _________________ the store.

2. Marcus gave _________________ his temptation.

3. Ramona looked _________________ her purse.

4. Kieland ran _________________ the fence.

5. Logan and Tristan looked __________________ each other’s eyes.