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THE LESSON ON LADY GAGA

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Of course, Lady Gaga isn’t her real name. She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March the 28th, 1986. Lady Gaga is her stage name. She is an American singer-songwriter who has become one of the biggest names in music – for her songs, performances, fashion and politics. She became famous in 2008 and just two years later was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Lady Gaga had a musical upbringing. She learned to play piano from the age of four and was singing in public by the time she was 14. She also loved acting in musicals at school. She went to a New York art college at the age of 17 where she wrote a research paper that focused on "music, art, sex and celebrity”. She concentrated on songwriting and singing in New York clubs. She got her name from the Queen song “Radio Gaga”.

Gaga was inspired by David Bowie, Blondie and Madonna. She hit the big time following the release of her debut album The Fame in 2008. The singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" became international hits. The album reached number one on the record charts in six countries. Her second album Born This Way (2011) also enjoyed spectacular success. The single "Born This Way" was the fastest-selling single in iTunes history.

Gaga is also outspoken when it comes to politics. She has spoken at military meetings in support of gays and lesbians in the US Army and shocked the world by wearing a dress made from meat, to draw attention to human rights. She is also a philanthropist and raised $500,000 for the Haiti earthquake from a concert performance. Gaga also designed a Japan Prayer Bracelet which raised $1.5 million for Japan’s tsunami relief fund.

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.

of course

a.

important

2

famous

b.

thesis

3.

influential

c.

naturally

4.

upbringing

d.

focused

5.

research paper

e.

well-known

6.

concentrated

f.

childhood

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

inspired

g.

highlight

8.

following

h.

amazing

9.

spectacular

i.

collected

10.

military

j.

motivated

11

draw attention to

k

after

12

raised

l

armed forces

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

1.

Lady Gaga isn’t

a.

the time she was 14

2

the 100 most

b.

relief fund

3.

Lady Gaga had a

c.

influential people

4.

singing in public by

d.

to human rights

5.

She concentrated

e.

musical upbringing

6.

She hit

f.

in iTunes history

7.

the fastest-selling single

g.

her real name

8.

outspoken when it

h.

the big time

9.

draw attention

i.

on songwriting

10.

Japan’s tsunami

j.

comes to politics

LISTENING GAP FILL

Of course, Lady Gaga _____________________ . She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March the 28th, 1986. Lady Gaga is her stage name. She is an American singer-songwriter _____________________ of the biggest names in music – for her songs, performances, fashion and politics. She became famous in 2008 and just two years _____________________ in Time magazine's list of the 100 most _____________________ world.

Lady Gaga had _____________________. She learned to play piano from the age of four and was singing in public by the time she was 14. She _____________________ musicals at school. She went to a New York art college at the age of 17 where _____________________ paper that focused on "music, art, sex and celebrity”. _____________________ songwriting and singing in New York clubs. She got her name from the Queen song “Radio Gaga”.

Gaga was inspired by David Bowie, Blondie and Madonna. She hit the big time _____________________ of her debut album The Fame in 2008. The singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" became international hits. The album _____________________ on the record charts in six countries. Her second album Born This Way (2011) also _____________________ success. The single "Born This Way" was the _____________________ in iTunes history.

Gaga is also outspoken _____________________ politics. She has spoken at military meetings in support of gays and lesbians in the US Army and _____________________ by wearing a dress made from meat, _____________________ human rights. She is also a philanthropist and raised $500,000 for the Haiti earthquake from a concert performance. Gaga also designed a Japan Prayer Bracelet which raised $1.5 million for Japan’s _____________________.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Of course, Lady Gaga isn’t her really / real name. She was born / birth Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March the 28th, 1986. Lady Gaga is her stage / staging name. She is an American singer-songwriter who has become one of the biggest names in music – for her songs, performances, fashion and political / politics. She became famous in 2008 and just two years after / later was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential / influence people in the world.

Lady Gaga had a musical / musically upbringing. She learned to play the piano from the age / aged of four and was singing in public by the time she was 14. She also loved acting at / in musicals at school. She went to a New York art college at the age of 17 where she wrote a research magazine / paper that focused on "music, art, sex and celebrity”. She concentrated in / on songwriting and singing in New York clubs. She gets / got her name from the Queen song “Radio Gaga”.

Gaga was inspired / inspirational by David Bowie, Blondie and Madonna. She hit / smashed the big time following / followed the release of her debut album The Fame in 2008. The singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" became international hit / hits. The album reached number one on the record charts in six countries. Her second album Born This Way (2011) also liked / enjoyed spectacular success. The single "Born This Way" was the fast / fastest-selling single in iTunes history.

Gaga is also outspoken when it comes / goes to politics. She has spoken at military meetings in / on support of gays and lesbians in the US Army and shocked the world at / by wearing a dress made from meat, to draw attention to human rights. She is also a philanthropist and raised / increased $500,000 for the Haiti earthquake from a concert performance. Gaga also designed / designs a Japan Prayer Bracelet which raised $1.5 million for Japan’s tsunami relief fund / funding.

SPELLING

These jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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Gaga was inspired by David Bowie, Blondie and Madonna. She hit the big time following the release of her debut

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on March the 28th, 1986. Lady Gaga is her stage name. She is an American singer-songwriter who has become one of

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album The Fame in 2008. The singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" became international hits. The album reached number

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Lady Gaga had a musical upbringing. She learned to play piano from the age of four and was singing in

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public by the time she was 14. She also loved acting in musicals at school. She went to a New York art college

(    )

two years later was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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at the age of 17 where she wrote a research paper that focused on "music, art, sex and celebrity”. She concentrated

(    )

on songwriting and singing in New York clubs. She got her name from the Queen song “Radio Gaga”.

(    )

and raised $500,000 for the Haiti earthquake from a concert performance. Gaga also designed a Japan Prayer Bracelet which raised $1.5 million for Japan’s tsunami relief fund.

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Of course, Lady Gaga isn’t her real name. She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

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Gaga is also outspoken when it comes to politics. She has spoken at military meetings in support of gays and lesbians in the US

(    )

one on the record charts in six countries. Her second album Born This Way (2011) also enjoyed

(    )

spectacular success. The single "Born This Way" was the fastest-selling single in iTunes history.

(    )

Army and shocked the world by wearing a dress made from meat, to draw attention to human rights. She is also a philanthropist

(    )

the biggest names in music – for her songs, performances, fashion and politics. She became famous in 2008 and just

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

course     Gaga     real     Of     Lady     her     ,     isn’t     name.    

2.

The     in     100     the     most     world     influential     people.    

3.

of     four     She     learned     to     play     piano     from     the     age.    

4.

musicals     also     at     loved     school     acting     in     She.    

5.

wrote     paper     on     She     research    focused    a     that     music.    

6.

the     reached     on    charts    album    one    record    The    number.    

7.

single     The     in     fastest     iTunes     -     history     selling.    

8.

also     it     politics     is     when     to     Gaga     outspoken     comes.    

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made     dress     a     Wearing     meat     from

10.

$1.5     Raised     fund     relief     tsunami     Japan’s     for     million.    

DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Lady Gaga?

2.

Would you like to meet Lady Gaga?

3.

What would you like to know about Lady Gaga 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 Lady Gaga?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Lady Gaga?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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8.

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THE LADY GAGA SURVEY

Write five questions about Lady Gaga 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.

 

 

 

 

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 Lady Gaga 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 other search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Lady Gaga. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. LADY GAGA POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Lady Gaga. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article Lady Gaga. 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 Lady Gaga. 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 “Lady Gaga expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2

 

 

1.

of course

a.

naturally

2

famous

b.

well-known

3.

influential

c.

important

4.

upbringing

d.

childhood

5.

research paper

e.

thesis

6.

concentrated

f.

focused

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

inspired

g.

motivated

8.

following

h.

after

9.

spectacular

i.

amazing

10.

military

j.

armed forces

11

draw attention to

k

highlight

12

raised

l

collected

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

Lady Gaga isn’t

a.

her real name

2

the 100 most

b.

influential people

3.

Lady Gaga had a

c.

musical upbringing

4.

singing in public by

d.

the time she was 14

5.

She concentrated

e.

on songwriting

6.

She hit

f.

the big time

7.

the fastest-selling single

g.

in iTunes history

8.

outspoken when it

h.

comes to politics

9.

draw attention

i.

to human rights

10.

Japan’s tsunami

j.

relief fund

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