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End of the Circus

End of the Circus

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The circus starts to entertain families in the 1800s. People call it “the Greatest Show on Earth” because it so exciting.

Now the circus is going to end forever in May. This is because of high costs and the popularity is falling.

People do not want to come anymore. Animal rights groups tell the circus to stop the elephant show. The circus closes the elephant show.

The circus has 30 more shows between now and May. Fans can say goodbye before the last curtain call.

Difficult words: the Greatest Show on Earth (the name for the circus since the 1800s), popularity (how much people like something), curtain call (when people come out at the end of a performance to bow to the people watching them).

Level 2:

The circus, also known as “the Greatest Show on Earth” is going to end forever in May, due to high costs and decreasing popularity. Audience numbers went down after animal rights groups pressured the circus to stop the elephant show.

Technology also played a role in ending the circus.

The circus will perform 30 more shows between now and May, so that its fans will get to say goodbye before the final curtain call.

Difficult words: pressure (push someone to do something)

Level 3:

After a final curtain call, the end of “the Greatest Show on Earth” will happen. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus is going to close forever in May, due to high operating costs and dwindling popularity.

Audience numbers went down after the circus ended the elephant show because of pressure from animal rights groups. Technology also played a role in the circus’s demise.

In recent years, the Ringling Brothers tried to keep up with the times by launching an app, but it was not enough. The company will perform 30 more shows between now and May, so that fans will have a chance to say goodbye before the final curtain call.

Difficult words: dwindling (decreasing), demise (a death, an end), keep up with the times (seem important to today).

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