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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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50 Cent is one of the world’s most famous and influential rappers. He shot to fame with the release of his albums ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin' and ‘The Massacre’, which sold over 20 million copies. He has also acted in several movies and founded his own record label. 50 Cent has hit the headlines for feuding with other rappers.

50 Cent’s real name is Curtis James Jackson III. He was born in New York in 1975. His mother was murdered when he was eight. He never knew his father. At the age of 12, he started drug dealing and carrying a gun. When he was 14, he competed at boxing in the Junior Olympics. In 1994, he spent six months in prison.

50 Cent started rapping in 1996, after meeting Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC. Jay developed 50 Cent’s rapping skills and in 1999, Columbia Records signed him. He recorded a successful single called “How to Rob”. Just as his popularity was growing, he was shot nine times outside his home. His record label dropped him and he was unable to find work.

He moved to Canada and recorded his album ‘Guess Who's Back?’ In 2002, Eminem heard the album and invited 50 Cent to his home in LA to sign a million-dollar record deal. In 2003, 50 Cent released his smash-hit album ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin'. 50 Cent is now an actor and very successful businessman as well as being a rap superstar.

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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.

influential

a.

rose

2

shot

b.

jail

3.

feuding

c.

selling

4.

murdered

d.

important

5.

dealing

e.

killed

6.

prison

f.

arguing


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

skills

g.

let go

8.

growing

h.

contract

9.

dropped

i.

extremely

10.

moved

j.

talent

11

deal

k

relocated

12

very

l

increasing

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

the world’s most famous and

a.

carrying a gun

2

founded his own

b.

was growing

3.

hit the headlines for feuding with

c.

rapping in 1996

4.

he started drug dealing and

d.

influential rappers

5.

he spent six months

e.

record deal

6.

50 Cent started

f.

in prison

7.

Jay developed 50 Cent’s

g.

successful businessman

8.

Just as his popularity

h.

other rappers

9.

sign a million-dollar

i.

record label

10.

50 Cent is now an actor and very

j.

rapping skills


LISTENING GAP FILL

50 Cent is one of the world’s most ____________________ rappers. He shot to fame ____________________ his albums ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin' and ‘The Massacre’, which sold over 20 million copies. He has also acted in several movies and ___________________ record label. 50 Cent has hit the headlines ____________________ other rappers.

____________________ Curtis James Jackson III. He was born in New York in 1975. His mother _________________ he was eight. He never knew his father. At the age of 12, he started drug __________________ a gun. When he was 14, he competed at boxing in the Junior Olympics. In 1994, he ____________________ prison.

50 Cent started rapping in ____________________ Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC. Jay developed 50 Cent’s ____________________ in 1999, Columbia Records signed him. He recorded a successful single called “How to Rob”. ____________________ was growing, he was shot nine times outside his home. His record label ________________ was unable to find work.

_________________ and recorded his album ‘Guess Who's Back?’ In 2002, Eminem heard the __________________ 50 Cent to his home in LA to sign a ____________________ deal. In 2003, 50 Cent released his smash-hit album ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin'. 50 Cent is now an actor and very successful businessman ________________ a rap superstar.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

50 Cent is one of the world’s most famous and influence / influential rappers. He shot to fame / famous with the release of his albums ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin' and ‘The Massacre’, which sold over 20 million copies. He has also acted on / in several movies and founded his own record label. 50 Cent has hit the headlines for feuding with another / other rappers.

50 Cent’s reality / real name is Curtis James Jackson III. He was born in New York in 1975. His mother was murdered when he was eight. He never known / knew his father. At the age of 12, he started drug / drugs dealing and carrying a gun. When he was 14, he competed / completed at boxing in the Junior Olympics. In 1994, he spent six months in prison.

50 Cent started rapping in 1996, after met / meeting Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC. Jay developed 50 Cent’s rapping skills and in 1999, Columbia Records signed him. He recorded a successful single called “How to Rob”. Just as his popular / popularity was growing, he was shooting / shot nine times outside his home. His record label dropped / drooped him and he was unable to find work.

He moved to Canada and recording / recorded his album ‘Guess Who's Back?’ In 2002, Eminem heard the album and / to invited 50 Cent to his home in LA to sign a million-dollar record deal. In 2003, 50 Cent released his smash-hit album ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin'. 50 Cent is know / now an actor and very successful businessman as all / well as being a rap superstar.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

most famous and influential apesrpr

2.

the leraese of his albums

3.

sold over 20 million osepic

4.

hit the edhienals


Paragraph 2
 

5.

His mother was rmurdeed when he was eight

6.

he started drug gnieald

7.

he oedmptec at boxing

8.

he spent six months in oinpsr


Paragraph 3
 

9.

50 Cent started rnipagp in 1996

10.

Columbia Records ngiesd 50 Cent

11.

his popularity was nrgogiw

12.

he was eaulnb to find work


Paragraph 4
 

13.

odeecrdr his album

14.

inivdte 50 Cent to his home

15.

sign a million-dollar record leda

16.

successful mnsusaibesn


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

 

movies and founded his own record label. 50 Cent has hit the headlines for feuding with other rappers.

(    )

 

14, he competed at boxing in the Junior Olympics. In 1994, he spent six months in prison.

(    )

 

50 Cent started rapping in 1996, after meeting Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC. Jay developed 50 Cent’s rapping

( 1 )

 

50 Cent is one of the world’s most famous and influential rappers. He shot to fame with the release of his

(    )

 

called “How to Rob”. Just as his popularity was growing, he was shot nine times

(    )

 

and very successful businessman as well as being a rap superstar.

(    )

 

outside his home. His record label dropped him and he was unable to find work.

(    )

 

He moved to Canada and recorded his album ‘Guess Who's Back?’ In 2002, Eminem heard

(    )

 

the album and invited 50 Cent to his home in LA to sign a million-dollar record

(    )

50 Cent’s real name is Curtis James Jackson III. He was born in New York in 1975. His mother was murdered when he was

(    )

 

eight. He never knew his father. At the age of 12, he started drug dealing and carrying a gun. When he was

(    )

 

albums ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin' and ‘The Massacre’, which sold over 20 million copies. He has also acted in several

(    )

 

deal. In 2003, 50 Cent released his smash-hit album ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin'. 50 Cent is now an actor

(    )

 

skills and in 1999, Columbia Records signed him. He recorded a successful single


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

influential    the    most    and    rappers    world’s    famous

2.

several    He    also    in    movies    has    acted

3.

other    with    feuding    for    headlines    the    hit    rappers

4.

a    carrying    and    dealing    drug    started    he    gun

5.

in    he    prison    spent    In    six    1994    months    ,

6.

Cent’s    50    developed    Jay    skills    rapping

7.

He    called    single    successful    a    recorded    “How to Rob”

8.

was    he    home    his    outside    times    nine    shot

9.

deal    a    -    record    sign    million    dollar

10.

businessman    successful    very    and    actor    an


50 CENT DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about 50 Cent?

2.

Would you like to meet 50 Cent?

3.

What would you like to know about 50 Cent and why?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

___________________________________________________

8.

___________________________________________________

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about 50 Cent?

2.

What questions would you like to ask 50 Cent?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

___________________________________________________

8.

___________________________________________________


50 CENT SURVEY

Write five questions about 50 Cent 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

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

Q.1.

 

 

 

 

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 50 Cent 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 50 Cent. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. 50 CENT POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of 50 Cent. 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 50 Cent. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he 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 50 Cent. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “50 Cent expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

influential

a.

important

2

shot

b.

rose

3.

feuding

c.

arguing

4.

murdered

d.

killed

5.

dealing

e.

selling

6.

prison

f.

jail


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

skills

g.

talent

8.

growing

h.

increasing

9.

dropped

i.

let go

10.

moved

j.

relocated

11

deal

k

contract

12

very

l

extremely

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

the world’s most famous and

a.

influential rappers

2

founded his own

b.

record label

3.

hit the headlines for feuding with

c.

other rappers

4.

he started drug dealing and

d.

carrying a gun

5.

he spent six months

e.

in prison

6.

50 Cent started

f.

rapping in 1996

7.

Jay developed 50 Cent’s

g.

rapping skills

8.

Just as his popularity

h.

was growing

9.

sign a million-dollar

i.

record deal

10.

50 Cent is now an actor and very

j.

successful businessman

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