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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lyrics, Songs, Music! Teaching Participial Adjectives




A washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he's never written a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words. Great movie to all audiences!

 1. Watch the segment and answer a quiz about it.

1- The teen singer, Cora, said Alex Fletcher’s music from the 80’s was really:
a) Intriguing b) Inspiring c) Annoying

2- At first, Alex Fletcher and his manager were really__________ when they were invited to write a song to the young teen sensation.
a) Excited b) Disappointed c) Touched

3 – Alex Fletcher was really disappointed when he understood he had few days to write the hit song because:
a) H e doesn’t know how to write lyrics.
b) He was very bored.

4- When Alex told Sophie that lyrics are not as important as melody she got really:
a) Entertained b) Soothed c) Annoyed

5- When Sophie heard the melody and lyrics together for the first time she was really:
a) Pleased, entertained and surprised.
b) Deeply touched.

6- When Alex told Sophie she had to sing into the microphone she got really:
A) Relaxed B) Soothed c) Bored d) Scared

Analysis
Complete the table with four sentences from the quiz.
Sentences with adjectives ending in – ed








Sentences with adjectives ending in - ing
What’s the difference?


The present and past participle forms of many verbs function as adjectives.
The past participle (tired, excited, annoyed) has a passive meaning. Most sentences using past participles can be restated with a by phrase.
The artist is excited = He is excited by the news


Follow up
Think of a soothing, interesting or stimulating song that you like. You are going to tell your partner about it. Choose from the list the things you want to talk about. Think about what you’ll say and what language you’ll need.

Does the song bring you memories? What kind?
Have you been listening to this song lately?
What are the lyrics like?
What do you think of the melody?
How could you describe the beat?
What artists perform this piece of music?
Do you prefer the melody, the lyrics or both?
Can you sing or hum this song?

Bring this song to class!

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