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Transcript of Activity 7,8,9
This activity will help you understand the deeper meanings of the article and make connections between the text and your life. Below is a three column chart. Fill out the chart for the introduction (¶ 1-5) of the article. Your annotations will guide you as to what to write. The first paragraph has been done for you as an example. Activity 7a: Rereading the Text
This activity will help you understand the deeper meanings of the article and make connections between the text and your life. Below is a three column chart. Fill out the chart for the introduction (¶ 1-5) of the article. Your annotations will guide you as to what to write. The first paragraph has been done for you as an example.
What does the author mean? Write in your own words your interpretation/ understanding of the author’s point. This may include reading “between the lines” or explaining the author’s purpose.
This means we constantly want to know what celebrities are doing. Sometimes they seem more important than our friends and family.
In a particular paragraph or section, what does the text say? What is the main point here? In this column you can quote a sentence or phrase.
￼￼Why is this idea important? How does it relate to my life? What is the significance for me or others? What are the future implications for society?
King says we are “obsessed with celebrities.” She points out the popularity of magazines and websites that focus on celebrities.
It would be weird to not care about celebrities. Celebrity news gives me something to talk about with my friends and even people I don’t know very well.
Continue the “Say-Mean-Matter” chart for the rest of the reading, but this time write about each section instead of each paragraph. Discuss your chart with Activity 8 - Vocabulary Activity 8: Looking Closely at Language (Vocabulary)
Working in small groups, review the key vocabulary words from Activity 4. Then write a newspaper headline and a very short article using at least four of the vocabulary words.
Include enough information in your newspaper story to show that you understand the vocabulary words.
The story should be about at least one celebrity, real or make believe. You may also want to include a fan or a group of fans in your story. Use at least one of the vocabulary words in the title. For example, your title could be “Lady Gaga Antics Thrill Teens, Scare Children” and the story could be about how a Lady Gaga performance for charity made children cry and run in panic . . .
Read your stories to the class. As you listen to the stories, make sure the vocabulary words are used accurately. Lady Gaga Antics Thrill Teens, Scare Children The story should be about how a Lady Gag performance for charity made children cry and run in panic... Obsessed fans watch Justin Beiber in a MMA fight vs Honey Boo-Boo!
AP – 11/10/2012
In a charity event to help the save the lives of abused lab rats, Justin Beiber fought Honey Boo- Boo in a MMA match of the ages. The crowd went wild as Beiber Fever was at a fever pitch and fans of Honey Boo-Boo wanted Beiber fans to “Red-Neck-ogonize” the true star of this night. Paparazzi were not permitted behind the scenes for fear of untrue nefarious photographs be taken of these mega stars. Justin being bigger and older would make you believe that 5 year old Honey Boo-Boo would have no chance, but she was more than apt to deal with Beiber as she has had to deal with 5 older sisters at home. In the end , Justin was whooped and beat into submission by Honey Boo- Boo who put him in a “Going to give you Big Boo-boos” death grip. Justin screamed for his life and obsessed fans got their money worth!
Next month Lady Gaga is to fight Elmo in an MMA match. Tickets on sale now! Activity 9 - Think Critically . Discuss the answers to these questions with a classmate: 1. In her first paragraph, King says, “The truth is that we are obsessed with celebrities.” Obviously, she does not mean every single American, so who is “we”? Do you think that her claim is a fair statement? Why or why not? 2. Deborah King uses comparisons several times in her article. Comparisons can show both similarities and differences.
• In paragraph 6, she compares us to “Roman spectators” of ancient times who watched the gladiators fight to the death in the ring. Is she saying that we are similar to Roman spectators or different? In what way?
• In paragraph 10, she compares the celebrity of Babe Ruth, a famous baseball player who played in 1914-1935, to celebrities like Mel Gibson and Winona Ryder of today. Is King emphasizing how they are similar to Babe Ruth or different? In what way? 3. Several times King mentions that, as much as we are “obsessed” by celebrities, we also like to see them fail. Find at least two spots in the article where she mentions this. 4. Why, according to King, do we enjoy watching celebrities fail? 5. As you noticed from an earlier activity, King spends several paragraphs discussing the actor, Heath Ledger. What was the point of this example? What was her point? Write her purpose for this example in one sentence: 6. King subtitles her last section “The Mirror Effect;” however, she does not use the word “mirror” in the paragraphs that follow. Explain what you think the “mirror effect” of celebrity-watching is. What word in paragraph 2 indicates that she is talking about the mirror effect there as well? 7. What does King say in the article that proves she is not completely against the idea of watching celebrities? Find at least 2 spots in the article that show this. 8. Sometimes people state ideas indirectly. For example, during a visit from a friend, you may say, “I am tired.” You may be indirectly saying (implying) that you want your friend to go home. Authors also imply ideas in their writing. For example, in paragraph 4, whom does King imply bears part of the blame for the Paparazzi stalking celebrities? (She doesn’t use the word “blame,” but we get the idea.) Explain how you know this. Brain Break!