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Ruin Hunters

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Archaeologists study ancient ruins around the world. They go to Egypt, China, Mexico, and many other places to study the history of people a long time ago. But ruin hunters don't need to travel far, because these people explore modern, abandoned buildings.

Anyone can be a ruin hunter. It's becoming a more popular hobby, especially among photographers. A ruin hunter goes to an interesting, abandoned building, looks around, and takes pictures. It is popular among people in many different countries.

In the US, there are many mansions from one hundred years ago. There are mines, railroad stations, and even towns too! Maybe the most famous ruin is in Japan, though. It is called "Hashima," or "Battleship Island." People lived there for almost one hundred years, and there are apartments, stores, factories, and much more.

Ruin hunting is an exciting and interesting hobby!

Preview the lesson material:

Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. Do you like history? How about old places? Why/not?

Vocabulary: Check the new vocabulary in a dictionary. Then match the words.

  1. ruin
  2. explore
  3. abandoned
  4. modern
  • empty
  • a broken place
  • new
  • look or hunt

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. What do you think of ruin hunting?
  2. Do you want to try ruin hunting? Why/not?
  3. Are there any ruins in your country? If yes, where?

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