English Lesson on Bob Marley

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THE LESSON ON BOB MARLEY

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Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley is the greatest ever reggae singer.  He spread reggae and his message of love and unity to a worldwide audience. His live performances were legendary for their passion and energy. Marley’s album ‘Exodus’ was voted by ‘Time’ magazine as the best of the 20th Century. The BBC declared his song ‘One Love’ as the song of the millennium.

Marley was born in 1945 in a small village in Jamaica to a white father and black mother. The racist bullying he received as a child had an impact on his songwriting. He left school at the age of 14 to make music. He met members of his future band The Wailers at a jam session. It took several years before they became famous.

The Wailers' first album ‘Catch a Fire’ was released in 1973 and sold well. Another album followed a year later which included the song ‘I Shot The Sheriff’. Eric Clapton’s cover of the song in 1974 brought Marley a lot of global attention. In 1975, Marley released his breakthrough song ‘No Woman, No Cry’, still regarded as a classic today.

Marley left Jamaica for England in 1976 to record his ‘Exodus’ and ‘Kaya’ albums. He toured the world and performed to campaign against apartheid in South Africa and to celebrate Zimbabwe’s independence. He died of cancer in 1981, aged 36. He was given a state funeral in Jamaica according to the Rastafari tradition. He continues to be an important influence on today’s music.

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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’?

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1.

unity

a.

famous

2

legendary

b.

well-known

3.

declared

c.

influence

4.

impact

d.

a number of

5.

several

e.

harmony

6.

famous

f.

announced


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7.

released

g.

push

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global

h.

brought out

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regarded

i.

official

10.

campaign

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thought of

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state

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inspiration to

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influence

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worldwide

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

his message

a.

received as a child

2

His live performances are

b.

of global attention

3.

song of

c.

before they became famous

4.

The racist bullying he

d.

as a classic today

5.

It took several years

e.

influence on today’s music

6.

‘Catch a Fire’ was released in 1973

f.

of love and unity

7.

brought Marley a lot

g.

funeral

8.

still regarded

h.

legendary

9.

He was given a state

i.

and sold well

10.

He continues to be an important

j.

the millennium

LISTENING GAP FILL

Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley is _________________ reggae singer.  He spread reggae and _________________ and unity to a worldwide audience. His live performances were legendary _________________ energy. Marley’s album ‘Exodus’ was voted by ‘Time’ magazine as the best of the 20th Century. The BBC declared his song ‘One Love’ as the song _________________.

Marley was born in 1945 _________________ Jamaica to a white father and black mother. The _____________ received as a child had _________________ songwriting. He left school at the age of 14 to make music. He met members of his future band The Wailers at a jam session. It took several years before _________________.

The Wailers' first album ‘Catch a Fire’ was _________________ and sold well. Another _________________ year later which included the song ‘I Shot The Sheriff’. Eric Clapton’s _________________ in 1974 brought Marley a lot of global attention. In 1975, Marley released his breakthrough song ‘No Woman, No Cry’, still ____________________ today.

Marley left Jamaica for England _________________ his ‘Exodus’ and ‘Kaya’ albums. He _________________ and performed to campaign against apartheid in South Africa _________________ Zimbabwe’s independence. He died of cancer in 1981, aged 36. He was given a state funeral in Jamaica according to the Rastafari tradition. He continues to be an _________________ on today’s music.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley is the greater / greatest ever reggae singer.  He spread reggae and his message of love / lovely and unity to a worldwide audience. His live / life performances were legendary for their passion and energy. Marley’s album ‘Exodus’ was voted by ‘Time’ magazine as the best of the 20th Century. The BBC declared his song ‘One Love’ as the song of / by the millennium.

Marley was born in 1945 in a small village in Jamaica to a white father and black mother. The racism / racist bullying he received as a child had an impression / impact on his songwriting. He left school at the age of 14 to make music. He met member / members of his future band The Wailers at a honey / jam session. It took several years before they became famous.

The Wailers' first album ‘Catch a Fire’ was releasing / released in 1973 and sold well. Another album following / followed a year later which included the song ‘I Shot The Sheriff’. Eric Clapton’s cover / covered of the song in 1974 brought Marley a lot of global attention. In 1975, Marley released his breakthrough song ‘No Woman, No Cry’, still regarded / regarding as a classic today.

Marley left Jamaica for England in 1976 to recording / record his ‘Exodus’ and ‘Kaya’ albums. He toured / tour the world and performed to campaign against apartheid in South Africa and to celebrate Zimbabwe’s independence. He died by / of cancer in 1981, aged 36. He was given a state funeral in Jamaica according to the Rastafari tradition. He continues to be an important influential / influence on today’s music.

SPELLING

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

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1.

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10.

Eric Clapton’s rocve of the song

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He died of cecanr

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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included the song ‘I Shot The Sheriff’. Eric Clapton’s cover of the song in 1974 brought Marley a lot of global

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Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley is the greatest ever reggae singer.  He spread reggae and his message of love and

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members of his future band The Wailers at a jam session. It took several years before they became famous.

(    )

 

unity to a worldwide audience. His live performances were legendary for their passion and energy. Marley’s album ‘Exodus’

(    )

 

attention. In 1975, Marley released his breakthrough song ‘No Woman, No Cry’, still regarded as a classic today.

(    )

 

Marley was born in 1945 in a small village in Jamaica to a white father and black mother. The racist

(    )

 

to the Rastafari tradition. He continues to be an important influence on today’s music.

(    )

 

world and performed to campaign against apartheid in South Africa and to celebrate Zimbabwe’s

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was voted by ‘Time’ magazine as the best of the 20th Century. The BBC declared

(    )

 

bullying he received as a child had an impact on his songwriting. He left school at the age of 14 to make music. He met

(    )

 

his song ‘One Love’ as the song of the millennium.

(    )

 

independence. He died of cancer in 1981, aged 36. He was given a state funeral in Jamaica according

(    )

 

The Wailers' first album ‘Catch a Fire’ was released in 1973 and sold well. Another album followed a year later which

(    )

 

Marley left Jamaica for England in 1976 to record his ‘Exodus’ and ‘Kaya’ albums. He toured the

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

is    greatest    reggae    Marley    the    ever    singer

2.

and    of    unity    reggae    message    and    spread    his    love    He

3.

small    village    in   Jamaica   Marley   was    born    in    1945    in    a

4.

make    music    He    left    school    at    the    age    of    14    to

5.

became    they    before    years    several    took    It    famous

6.

year    a    followed    album    Another    later

7.

breakthrough    his    released    Marley    ,    1975    In    song

8.

for    in    Marley    Jamaica    England    1976    left

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Jamaica    in    funeral    state    a    given    was    He

10.

influence    continues    be    important    He    to    an

BOB MARLEY DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Bob Marley?

2.

Would you like to have met Bob Marley?

3.

What would you like to know about Bob Marley 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 Bob Marley?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Bob Marley?

3.

What would his answers have been to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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8.

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BOB MARLEY SURVEY

Write five questions about Bob Marley 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.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

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 Bob Marley 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 Bob Marley. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. BIB MARLEY POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Bob Marley. 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 Bob Marley. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he did every day and what he thought 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 Bob Marley. Ask him three questions about his life. Tell him how important he is in today’s world. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Bob Marley expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

unity

a.

harmony

2

legendary

b.

famous

3.

declared

c.

announced

4.

impact

d.

influence

5.

several

e.

a number of

6.

famous

f.

well-known


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

released

g.

brought out

8.

global

h.

worldwide

9.

regarded

i.

thought of

10.

campaign

j.

push

11

state

k

official

12

influence

l

inspiration to

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

his message

a.

of love and unity

2

His live performances were

b.

legendary

3.

song of

c.

the millennium

4.

The racist bullying he

d.

received as a child

5.

It took several years

e.

before they became famous

6.

‘Catch a Fire’ was released in 1973

f.

and sold well

7.

brought Marley a lot

g.

of global attention

8.

still regarded

h.

as a classic today

9.

He was given a state

i.

funeral

10.

He continues to be an important

j.

influence on today’s music

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