The Reading / Listening - Jay Z - Level 6

The rapper Jay Z has been recognized for his prolific and influential songwriting career by being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He becomes the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Hall. The Hall's mission is to, "preserve, honor and celebrate the legacy of the great songwriters whose work has enriched the world’s culture". Jay Z's real name is Shawn Carter. He grew up in a poor area of New York, where he went to school with future rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes. He got into hip-hop and became one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. He is also a successful businessman and owns an upmarket sports bar in New York and the music streaming service Tidal.



Former U.S. President Barack Obama inducted Jay Z into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Obama expressed his admiration for Jay Z, saying: "Like all of you, I am a fan, and I've been listening to Jay Z since I was a young and hungry state senator. I'm pretty sure I'm still the only president to listen to Jay Z's music in the [White House]." Mr Obama said Jay Z should also be considered a "true American original" for his contribution to rap and American culture. He called Jay Z the "greatest rapper of all time". Jay Z's music publisher Jon Platt accepted the award on his behalf. He said: "[Jay Z] would tell up-and-coming hip-hop artists today that there can be no mistake or question that you are indeed songwriters."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Jay Z - Level 4  or  Jay Z - Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/obama-honors-jay-z-songwriters-hall-fame-n773371
  • http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/06/16/533200940/barack-obama-honors-jay-z-at-songwriters-hall-of-fame-gala
  • http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7833651/jay-z-inducted-songwriters-hall-of-fame


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. RAP MUSIC: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about rap music. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       rapper / prolific / influential / celebrate / legacy / songwriters / poor / musicians /
       admiration / fan / listening / original / contribution / award / up-and-coming/ mistake

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. SONGWRITING: Students A strongly believe rap is the best form of songwriting; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. WORLD CULTURE: How has rap changed world culture? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How?

Has It Affected You?

Music

 

 

Fashion

 

 

Dance

 

 

Movies

 

 

Language

 

 

Social awareness

 

 

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5. ARTIST: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "artist". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. MUSIC GENRES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best music genres at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Techno
  • Jazz
  • Heavy metal
  • Punk
  • Hip-Hop
  • Country
  • Rock
  • Latin

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Jay Z is the first hip-hop artist to be in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.     T / F
  2. Jay Z went to school with two men who also became rappers.     T / F
  3. Jay Z has sold over 100 million albums.     T / F
  4. Jay Z owns a sports bar in Los Angeles.     T / F
  5. Barack Obama started listening to Jay Z a few years ago.     T / F
  6. Mr Obama said a few presidents listened to Jay Z in the White House.     T / F
  7. Mr Obama considered Jay Z to be the best rapper ever.     T / F
  8. A music publisher told rappers to ask questions and make no mistakes.   T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. recognized
  2. prolific
  3. inducted into
  4. enriched
  5. musicians
  6. admiration
  7. considered
  8. original
  9. up-an-coming
  10. indeed
  1. improved
  2. deemed
  3. productive
  4. respect
  5. emerging
  6. acknowledged
  7. performers
  8. certainly
  9. admitted to
  10. free spirit

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. recognized for his prolific and influential
  2. celebrate the legacy of
  3. enriched the world’s
  4. one of the best-selling
  5. music streaming
  6. Obama expressed his admiration
  7. his contribution to rap
  8. Platt accepted the award on his
  9. up-and-
  10. there can
  1. for Jay Z
  2. service
  3. and American culture
  4. coming hip-hop artists
  5. the great songwriters
  6. be no mistake
  7. songwriting career
  8. culture
  9. musicians of all time
  10. behalf

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
rappers
artist
albums
prolific
streaming
enriched
selling
mission

The rapper Jay Z has been recognized for his (1) ____________ and influential songwriting career by being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He becomes the first hip-hop (2) ____________ to be inducted into the Hall. The Hall's (3) ____________ is to, "preserve, honor and celebrate the legacy of the great songwriters whose work has (4) ____________ the world’s culture". Jay Z's real name is Shawn Carter. He grew up in a poor area of New York, where he went to school with future (5) ____________ The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes. He got into hip-hop and became one of the best-(6) ____________ musicians of all time. He has sold more than 100 million (7) ____________ worldwide. He is also a successful businessman and owns an upmarket sports bar in New York and the music (8) ____________ service Tidal.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
award
senator
expressed
indeed
considered
coming
fan
contribution

Former U.S. President Barack Obama inducted Jay Z into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Obama (9) ____________ his admiration for Jay Z, saying: "Like all of you, I am a (10) ____________, and I’ve been listening to Jay Z since I was a young and hungry state (11) ____________. I'm pretty sure I'm still the only president to listen to Jay Z's music in the [White House]." Mr Obama said Jay Z should also be (12) ____________ a "true American original" for his (13) ____________ to rap and American culture. He called Jay Z the "greatest rapper of all time". Jay Z's music publisher Jon Platt accepted the (14) ____________ on his behalf. He said: "[Jay Z] would tell up-and- (15) ____________ hip-hop artists today that there can be no mistake or question that you are (16) ____________ songwriters."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The rapper Jay Z has been recognized for his ______ songwriting career
     a.  prolific and influenced
     b.  prolific and influences
     c.  prolific and influential
     d.  prolific and influentially

2)  He becomes the first hip-hop artist to be ______ Hall
     a.  inducted into the
     b.  conducted into the
     c.  impacted into the
     d.  compacted into the

3)  The Hall's mission is to preserve, honor and celebrate the ______ great songwriters
     a.  lethargy of the
     b.  legally of the
     c.  regally of the
     d.  legacy of the

4)  He got into hip-hop and became one of the best-selling ______ time
     a.  musicians off all
     b.  musicians of every
     c.  musicians of all
     d.  musician of all

5)  owns an upmarket sports bar in New York and the music ______ Tidal
     a.  stream in service
     b.  streaming service
     c.  steaming service
     d.  stream in service

6)  Obama expressed his ______ Jay Z
     a.  admiration at
     b.  admiration from
     c.  admiration by
     d.  admiration for

7)  I've been listening to Jay Z since I was a young and ______ senator
     a.  hungrily state
     b.  hungry state
     c.  hungriness state
     d.  hungrier state

8)  Mr Obama said Jay Z should also be considered a "______"
     a.  truth American original
     b.  true Americana original
     c.  true American original
     d.  true American originally

9)  Jay Z's music publisher Jon Platt accepted the award ______
     a.  in his behalf
     b.  on his behalf
     c.  off his behalf
     d.  at his behalf

10)  there can be no mistake or question that you are ______
     a.  indeed songwriters
     b.  in deed songwriters
     c.  indie songwriters
     d.  in did songwriters

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The rapper Jay Z has been recognized (1) ___________________ and influential songwriting (2) ___________________ inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He becomes the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Hall. The Hall's (3) ___________________ "preserve, honor and celebrate the legacy of the great songwriters whose (4) ___________________ the world’s culture". Jay Z's real name is Shawn Carter. He grew up in a poor area of New York, where he went to school with future rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes. He got into hip-hop and became one of the best-selling musicians (5) ___________________. He has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. He is also a successful businessman (6) ___________________ upmarket sports bar in New York and the music streaming service Tidal.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama inducted Jay Z into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Obama expressed (7) ___________________ Jay Z, saying: "Like all of you, I am a fan, and I’ve been listening to Jay Z since I was a (8) ___________________ state senator. I'm pretty sure I'm still the only president (9) ___________________ Jay Z's music in the [White House]." Mr Obama said Jay Z should also be considered a "true American original" for (10) ___________________ rap and American culture. He called Jay Z the "greatest rapper of all time". Jay Z's music publisher Jon Platt accepted the award (11) ___________________. He said: "[Jay Z] would tell up-and-coming hip-hop artists today that there can be no mistake or question that (12) ___________________ songwriters."

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of career did the article say Jay Z has had?
  2. How many hip-hop artists were in the Hall of Fame before Jay-Z?
  3. What did the Hall of Fame say the work of songwriters enrich?
  4. Where did Jay Z meet the rapper Busta Rhymes?
  5. How many albums has Jay Z sold?
  6. When did Barack Obama first start listening to Jay Z?
  7. Where did Barack Obama say he listened to Jay Z?
  8. What did Barack Obama say Jay Z should be considered as?
  9. Who is Jon Platt?
  10. What kind of hip-hop artists might Jay Z call definite songwriters?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of career did the article say Jay Z has had?
a) an event-filled one
b) prolific and influential
c) a crazy one
d) a slow-moving one

2) How many hip-hop artists were in the Hall of Fame before Jay-Z?
a) 3
b) 2
c) 1
d) 0

3) What did the Hall of Fame say the work of songwriters enrich?
a) world culture
b) themselves
c) rap
d) American life

4) Where did Jay Z meet the rapper Busta Rhymes?
a) in a recording school
b) at a concert
c) at school
d) at the White House

5) How many albums has Jay Z sold?
a) just fewer than 100 million
b) over 100 million
c) 100 million
d) around 100 million

6) When did Barack Obama first start listening to Jay Z?
a) after he became President
b) 2011
c) when he was young
d) when he met his wife

7) Where did Barack Obama say he listened to Jay Z?
a) in his car
b) in the bath
c) while jogging
d) in the White House

8) What did Barack Obama say Jay Z should be considered as?
a) an American original
b) a poet
c) a role model
d) a contributor

9) Who is Jon Platt?
a) Jay Z's music publisher
b) the Hall of Fame boss
c) a rap music critic
d) a rapper

10) What kind of hip-hop artists might Jay Z call definite songwriters?
a) underground rappers
b) up-and-coming songwriters
c) those from New York
d) gangsta rappers

Role play

Role  A – Hip-Hop

You think hip-hop is the best musical genre. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): classical, rock or techno.

Role  B – Classical

You think classical is the best musical genre. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): hip-hop, rock or techno.

Role  C – Rock

You think rock is the best musical genre. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): classical, hip-hop or techno.

Role  D – Techno

You think techno is the best musical genre. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  classical, rock or hip-hop.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'hip'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'hop'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • expressed
    • fan
    • state
    • original
    • called
    • mistake
    • prolific
    • artist
    • work
    • future
    • got
    • bar




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Jay Z receives top songwriting honor

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'rap'?
    3. What do you know about Jay Z?
    4. Why hasn't a rapper been honored in this way before?
    5. Who is your favourite songwriter and why?
    6. How has Jay Z enriched the world's culture?
    7. How is rap different from other forms of music?
    8. How much of a role model is Jay Z?
    9. What advice would you give to Jay Z?
    10. How important is rap?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'songwriter'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What music does your country's leader like?
    5. Who is your favourite singer, and why?
    6. What do you think of a U.S. President listening to rap?
    7. Who is the greatest rapper of all time?
    8. Why do people question whether rappers are songwriters?
    9. Will a rapper ever win the Nobel Prize for Literature?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Jay Z?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The rapper Jay Z has been (1) ____ for his prolific and influential songwriting career by being inducted (2) ____ the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He becomes the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Hall. The Hall's (3) ____ is to, "preserve, honor and celebrate the (4) ____ of the great songwriters whose work has enriched the world’s culture". Jay Z's real name is Shawn Carter. He grew up in a poor area of New York, where he went to school with future rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes. He got into hip-hop and became one of the best-selling musicians of (5) ____ time. He has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. He is also a successful businessman and owns an upmarket sports bar in New York and the music (6) ____ service Tidal.

    Former U.S. President Barack Obama inducted Jay Z into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Obama (7) ____ his admiration for Jay Z, saying: "Like all of you, I am a fan, and I’ve been listening to Jay Z since I was a young and (8) ____ state senator. I'm pretty sure I'm (9) ____ the only president to listen to Jay Z's music in the [White House]." Mr Obama said Jay Z should also be considered a "true American original" for his contribution (10) ____ rap and American culture. He called Jay Z the "greatest rapper of all time". Jay Z's music publisher Jon Platt accepted the award (11) ____ his behalf. He said: "[Jay Z] would tell up-and-coming hip-hop artists today that there can be no mistake or question that you are (12) ____ songwriters."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     recognize     (b)     recognized     (c)     recognizes     (d)     recognition    
    2. (a)     as to     (b)     into     (c)     unto     (d)     onto    
    3. (a)     missals     (b)     missive     (c)     missile     (d)     mission    
    4. (a)     legislate     (b)     legacy     (c)     legalize     (d)     legend    
    5. (a)     every     (b)     all     (c)     whole     (d)     entire    
    6. (a)     steaming     (b)     storming     (c)     streaming     (d)     stomping    
    7. (a)     confessed     (b)     repressed     (c)     expressed     (d)     compressed    
    8. (a)     strangely     (b)     eagerly     (c)     hungry     (d)     angry    
    9. (a)     never     (b)     once     (c)     ever     (d)     still    
    10. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     for     (d)     on    
    11. (a)     on     (b)     to     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    12. (a)     recede     (b)     concede     (c)     indeed     (d)     deeds

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     selling musicians of all time. He has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. He is also a successful

    (    )     into the Hall. The Hall's mission is to, "preserve, honor and celebrate the legacy of the great songwriters whose

    (    )     being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He becomes the first hip-hop artist to be inducted

    (    )     contribution to rap and American culture. He called Jay Z the "greatest rapper of all time". Jay Z's music

    (    )     work has enriched the world’s culture". Jay Z's real name is Shawn Carter. He grew up in a poor

    (    )     hungry state senator. I'm pretty sure I'm still the only president to listen to Jay Z's

    (    )     businessman and owns an upmarket sports bar in New York and the music streaming service Tidal.

    1  )     The rapper Jay Z has been recognized for his prolific and influential songwriting career by

    (    )     coming hip-hop artists today that there can be no mistake or question that you are indeed songwriters."

    (    )     music in the [White House]." Mr Obama said Jay Z should also be considered a "true American original" for his

    (    )     publisher Jon Platt accepted the award on his behalf. He said: "[Jay Z] would tell up-and-

    (    )     Former U.S. President Barack Obama inducted Jay Z into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Obama expressed his

    (    )     area of New York, where he went to school with future rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes. He got into hip-hop and became one of the best-

    Put the words in the right order

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    3. has   work   whose   Songwriters   culture   world’s   the   enriched   .
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    7. president  House  in  Jay Z's  to  The  the  listen  only  White  music  to .
    8. to   original   rap   for   A   his   true   contribution   American   .
    9. called   the   of   He   Jay Z   rapper   time   greatest   all   .
    10. Jay Z   hip   up-   today   coming   tell   artists   -   would   hop   and-   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The rapper Jay Z has been recognition / recognized for his prolific and influential songwriting career / careen by being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He becomes the first hip-hop artist to be / been inducted into the Hall. The Hall's mission / missionary is to, "preserve, honor and celebrate the lethargy / legacy of the great songwriters whose work has enriched / enriching the world’s culture". Jay Z's real name is Shawn Carter. He grew up in a poor area of New York, where he went to school with future rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes. He got / get into hip-hop and became one of the best-selling musicians from / of all time. He has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. He is also a successful businessman and owes / owns an upmarket sports bar in New York and the music steaming / streaming service Tidal.

    Former U.S. President Barack Obama inducted Jay Z into / onto the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Obama expressed his admires / admiration for Jay Z, saying: "Like all of you, I am the / a fan, and I’ve been listening to Jay Z since I was a young and hungrily / hungry state senator. I'm pretty sure I'm still the only president / precedent to listen to Jay Z's music in the [White House]." Mr Obama said Jay Z should also be considered / considerable a "true American originality / original" for his contribution to rap and American culture. He called Jay Z the "greatest rapper of all time". Jay Z's music publisher Jon Platt accepts / accepted the award on his behoove / behalf. He said: "[Jay Z] would tell up-and-coming hip-hop artists today that there can be no mistake or question that you are indeed / deed songwriters."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the rapper jay z has been recognized for his prolific and influential songwriting career by being inducted into the songwriters hall of fame he becomes the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the hall the hall's mission is to "preserve honor and celebrate the legacy of the great songwriters whose work has enriched the world’s culture" jay z's real name is shawn carter he grew up in a poor area of new york where he went to school with future rappers the notorious big and busta rhymes he got into hip-hop and became one of the best-selling musicians of all time he has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide he is also a successful businessman and owns an upmarket sports bar in new york and the music streaming service tidal

    former us president barack obama inducted jay z into the songwriters hall of fame obama expressed his admiration for jay z saying "like all of you i am a fan and i’ve been listening to jay z since i was a young and hungry state senator i'm pretty sure i'm still the only president to listen to jay z's music in the [white house]" mr obama said jay z should also be considered a "true american original" for his contribution to rap and american culture he called jay z the "greatest rapper of all time" jay z's music publisher jon platt accepted the award on his behalf he said "[jay z] would tell up-and-coming hip-hop artists today that there can be no mistake or question that you are indeed songwriters"

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    TherapperJayZhasbeenrecognizedforhisprolificandinfluentialsongw
    ritingcareerbybeinginductedintotheSongwritersHallofFame.Hebeco
    mesthefirsthip-hopartisttobeinductedintotheHall.TheHall'smission
    isto,"preserve,honorandcelebratethelegacyofthegreatsongwriters
    whoseworkhasenrichedtheworld’sculture".JayZ'srealnameisShawn
    Carter.HegrewupinapoorareaofNewYork,wherehewenttoschoolwith
    futurerappersTheNotoriousB.I.G.andBustaRhymes.Hegotintohip-
    hopandbecameoneofthebest-sellingmusiciansofall-time.Hehass
    oldmorethan100millionalbumsworldwide.Heisalsoasuccessfulbusin
    essmanandownsanupmarketsportsbarinNewYorkandthemusicstrea
    mingserviceTidal.FormerU.S.PresidentBarackObamainductedJayZi
    ntotheSongwritersHallofFame.ObamaexpressedhisadmirationforJa
    yZ,saying:"Likeallofyou,Iamafan,andI'vebeenlisteningtoJayZsinceI
    wasayoungandhungrystatesenator.I'mprettysureI'mstilltheonlypre
    sidenttolistentoJayZ'smusicinthe[WhiteHouse]."MrObamasaidJayZ
    shouldalsobeconsidereda"trueAmericanoriginal"forhiscontributiont
    orapandAmericanculture.HecalledJayZthe"greatestrapperofalltime
    ".JayZ'smusicpublisherJonPlattacceptedtheawardonhisbehalf.Hesa
    id:"[JayZ]wouldtellup-and-cominghip-hopartiststodaythattherecan
    benomistakeorquestionthatyouareindeedsongwriters."

    Free writing

    Write about Jay Z for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Rap is the most important form of songwriting today. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. RAP MUSIC: Make a poster about rap music. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. NOBEL PRIZE: Write a magazine article about rap lyrics winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on rap music. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on rap. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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