English Lesson on Beyonce Knowles

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Beyonce Giselle Knowles was born in Texas in 1981. She grew up singing and dancing and quickly developed the qualities that would make her an international superstar. Her talents were discovered by her dance teacher while she was a church choir soloist. She took Beyonce to local talent competitions, where she won no fewer than 30 of them.

Beyonce decided to form a singing group. She asked her best friend LaTavia Roberson to join her. She also invited along a cousin and a friend and together they formed a quartet called 'Destiny's Child'. Beyonce’s father saw their potential and quit his well-paid job to become the group’s manager. They shot to fame as the most successful female group of all time.

It was touch and go at the beginning whether or not her father’s financial risk would pay off. In 1997, they signed with Columbia Records and their debut single, ‘Killing Time’, was the soundtrack to the film ‘Men In Black’. They recorded hit after hit and won dozens of awards. Beyonce went solo in 2000 and her career continued to take off.

Knowles won five awards at the 2004 Grammy Awards and a BRIT Award for International Female Solo Artist. She has recorded with the biggest names in music. Her career also went off in different directions. She became the first singer ever to model for ‘Sports Illustrated’ magazine and appeared in many movies. In April 2008, she married her long-time sweetheart, rapper Jay-Z.

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Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.

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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

developed

a.

rose

2

talents

b.

found

3.

discovered

c.

foursome

4.

form

d.

built up

5.

quartet

e.

create

6.

shot

f.

skills


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7.

touch and go

g.

prizes

8.

pay off

h.

beloved

9.

awards

i.

acted

10.

names

j.

be successful

11

appeared

k

considered

12

sweetheart

l

stars

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

qualities that would make her

a.

formed a quartet

2

she won no fewer than

b.

long-time sweetheart

3.

Beyonce decided to form

c.

go at the beginning

4.

together they

d.

an international superstar

5.

They shot

e.

names in music

6.

It was touch and

f.

a singing group

7.

her father’s financial risk would

g.

after hit

8.

They recorded hit

h.

pay off

9.

recorded with the biggest

i.

to fame

10.

she married her

j.

30 of them

LISTENING GAP FILL

Beyonce Giselle Knowles was born in Texas in 1981. __________________ and dancing and __________________ qualities that would make her an international superstar. Her talents were discovered by her dance teacher while she was a __________________. She took Beyonce to local talent competitions, where she __________________ 30 of them.

Beyonce __________________ singing group. She asked her best friend LaTavia Roberson to join her. She __________________ cousin and a friend and together they formed a quartet called 'Destiny's Child'. Beyonce’s father __________________ quit his well-paid job to become the group’s manager. They __________________ successful female group of all time.

It _____________________ beginning whether or not her father’s financial __________________. In 1997, they signed with Columbia Records and their debut single, ‘Killing Time’, was the soundtrack to the film ‘Men In Black’. They recorded __________________ dozens of awards. Beyonce went solo in 2000 and her career __________________.

Knowles __________________ 2004 Grammy Awards and a BRIT Award for International Female Solo Artist. She has recorded __________________ in music. Her career __________________ different directions. She became the first singer ever to model for ‘Sports Illustrated’ magazine and appeared in many movies. In April 2008, she __________________ sweetheart, rapper Jay-Z.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics:

Beyonce Giselle Knowles was born in Texas in 1981. She grown / grew up singing and dancing and quickly developing / developed the qualities that would make her an international superstar. Her talents were discovered with / by her dance teacher while she was a church choir soloist. She took Beyonce to local talent competitions, where she won no few / fewer than 30 of them.

Beyonce decided to form / formed a singing group. She asked her best friend LaTavia Roberson to join her. She also invited long / along a cousin and a friend and together they formed a quartet called 'Destiny's Child'. Beyonce’s father saw their / there potential and quit his well-paid job to become the group’s manager. They shot to fame / famous as the most successful female group of all time.

It was touch and bye-bye / go at the beginning whether or not her father’s financial risk would pay off / on. In 1997, they signed with Columbia Records and their debut single, ‘Killing Time’, was the soundtrack to the film ‘Men In Black’. They recorded hit before / after hit and won dozens of awards. Beyonce went solo in 2000 and her career continued to take / give off.

Knowles won five awards at / for the 2004 Grammy Awards and a BRIT Award for International Female Solo Artist. She has recorded with the biggest / largest names in music. Her career also went off in different directions / direction. She became the first singer ever to model for ‘Sports Illustrated’ magazine and appearance / appeared in many movies. In April 2008, she married her long-time sweetheart, rapper Jay-Z.

SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

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1.

She grew up ninsigg and dancing

2.

the auesilqit that would make her an international superstar

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4.

she won no ewrfe than 30 of them


Paragraph 2
 

5.

She also eiitvdn along a cousin

6.

they fedorm a quartet called 'Destiny's Child'

7.

Beyonce’s father saw their anpoittel

8.

They htso to fame


Paragraph 3
 

9.

It was utcoh and go at the beginning

10.

they eisgnd with Columbia Records

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They errecdod hit after hit

12.

her eacrre continued to take off.


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13.

Knowles won five wrsada

14.

She has recorded with the ebgtigs names in music

15.

the first singer ever to eomdl for ‘Sports Illustrated’

16.

she married her long-time athwsreete, rapper Jay-Z.

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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Knowles won five awards at the 2004 Grammy Awards and a BRIT Award for

(    )

 

off. In 1997, they signed with Columbia Records and their debut single, ‘Killing Time’, was the soundtrack to the film ‘Men In Black’. They recorded hit

(    )

 

after hit and won dozens of awards. Beyonce went solo in 2000 and her career continued to take off.

(    )

 

qualities that would make her an international superstar. Her talents were discovered by her dance teacher while

(    )

 

different directions. She became the first singer ever to model for

(    )

 

Beyonce decided to form a singing group. She asked her best friend LaTavia Roberson to join

(    )

 

called 'Destiny's Child'. Beyonce’s father saw their potential and quit his well-paid job to become the group’s manager. They shot

(    )

 

her. She also invited along a cousin and a friend and together they formed a quartet

(    )

 

International Female Solo Artist. She has recorded with the biggest names in music. Her career also went off in

1  )

 

Beyonce Giselle Knowles was born in Texas in 1981. She grew up singing and dancing and quickly developed the

(    )

 

‘Sports Illustrated’ magazine and appeared in many movies. In April 2008, she married

(    )

 

It was touch and go at the beginning whether or not her father’s financial risk would pay

(    )

 

her long-time sweetheart, rapper Jay-Z.

(    )

 

to fame as the most successful female group of all time.

(    )

 

she was a church choir soloist. She took Beyonce to local talent competitions, where she won no fewer than 30 of them.

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With your partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

make   would   that   qualities   superstar   international   an   her

2.

were   talents   Her   teacher   dance   her   by   discovered

3.

friend   to   She   best   Roberson   her   her   LaTavia   join   asked

4.

their   father   potential   saw   Beyonce’s

5.

successful   most   the   time   all   of   group   female

6.

beginning   the   at   go   and   touch   was   It

7.

awards   hit   and   of   recorded   hit   dozens   They   after   won

8.

continued   career   her   off   take   to

9.

has   names   recorded   in   with   music   the   She   biggest

10.

married   long-time   she   her   sweetheart

DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Beyonce Knowles?

2.

Would you like to meet Beyonce Knowles?

3.

What would you like to know about Beyonce Knowles and why?

4.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Beyonce Knowles?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Beyonce Knowles?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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8.

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THE BEYONCE KNOWLES SURVEY

Write five questions about Beyonce Knowles in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

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Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITING

Write about Beyonce Knowles for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 more information about Beyonce Knowles. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. BEYONCE KNOWLES POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Beyonce Knowles. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Beyonce Knowles. Include an imaginary interview with her. Write about what she does every day and what she thinks about.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Beyonce Knowles. Ask her three questions about her life. Give her three suggestions on what she should do in her future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Beyonce Knowles expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

developed

a.

rose

2

talents

b.

found

3.

discovered

c.

foursome

4.

form

d.

built up

5.

quartet

e.

create

6.

shot

f.

skills


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

touch and go

g.

prizes

8.

pay off

h.

beloved

9.

awards

i.

acted

10.

names

j.

be successful

11

appeared

k

considered

12

sweetheart

l

stars

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

qualities that would make her

a.

formed a quartet

2

she won no fewer than

b.

long-time sweetheart

3.

Beyonce decided to form

c.

go at the beginning

4.

together they

d.

an international superstar

5.

They shot

e.

names in music

6.

It was touch and

f.

a singing group

7.

her father’s financial risk would

g.

after hit

8.

They recorded hit

h.

pay off

9.

recorded with the biggest

i.

to fame

10.

she married her

j.

30 of them

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