English Reading Practice

Human Right Number 24:
The Right to Play

1. Watch the video at the top of the page.

2. Read the story "The Right to Play" just below it.

3. Do the exercise at the bottom of the page.

Here is the The Right to Play video. You can watch it in your own language at www.youthforhumanrights.org. (Simply click the word "language" at the top of their homepage.)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights describes 30 basic rights that each person has, simply because he or she is human.

This is human right number 24 (the simplified version):

"24. The Right to Play. We all have the right to rest from work and to relax."

Now read the short story about this important human right.

The Right to Play  

Devin and his friends gather at the park every Sunday afternoon for a game of soccer. They all work together at an advertising agency, and their jobs are very stressful.

Today, the sky is full of clouds. It is a little cold out. Rain pours from the sky. There are many mud puddles.
Tyler looks at Devin, "Do you still want to play?"

"Absolutely," Devin says. "A little rain never hurt anyone."

"Okay," Tyler says and runs through the puddles and into the field.

Devin passes the ball to Tyler. Soon, their friend Michael appears. He joins them in their warm-ups.

"Devin?" Michael says.

"What?" Devin asks.

"Do you ever feel guilty that we spend this time out here?" Michael asks.

"Never," Devin answers. "We cannot work every second of every day. We all have the right to take a break and to relax. It does not make sense to work all the time without a break."

"True," Michael agrees. "Okay, thanks. I sure am grateful that we get to do this."

"Me too," Devin says, "Even in the rain."

"A little rain never hurt anyone!" Tyler adds.

And now, practice:

Exercise 01

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