Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Practice, Talk About It, Just for

Dates: August 1- 5
Magazine Lessons: Too Many Favors/ What’s Popular?
Activity Focus: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Practice, Talk About It, Just for Fun!
Favors and Entertainers
PART 1: Multiple Choice. Choose the correct answer based on the dialogues in your magazine.
August 1-3
1. Who likes fixing things?
(A) Nick
(B) Aaron
(C) Claire
(D) Amber
2. Nick’s _____________ was having problems.
(A) CD player
(B) sister
(D) classmate
3. Amber wanted Claire to help her pick out some new _____________________.
(A) clothes
(B) shoes
(C) videos
(D) music
4. What did Claire buy for Aaron at the Stop ‘n’ Shop?
(A) a DVD
(B) dental floss
(C) a screw
5. What is the second line of Claire’s song?
(A) Don’t be afraid
(B) You’re always here for me
a hand
(D) I’ll see you through
(D) coffee
(B) You’re so helpful when I need
6. Aaron was supposed to help ______________, and _____________ was supposed to help
(A) Claire; Becca
(B) Becca; Claire (C) Nick; Claire
(D) Nick; Becca
August 4, 5
7. Jay Chou is ___________________ favorite singer.
(A) Claire’s
(B) Amber’s
(C) Aaron’s
(D) Nick’s
8. According to Claire, Tension is a ________________ from Taiwan.
(A) hip hop band
(B) girl band
(C) rap group
(D) boy band
9. Who is Amber’s favorite singer?
(A) Gareth Gates
(B) Norah Jones
(C) Claire Huang
(D) David Tao
10. Who met Gareth Gates?
(A) Claire
(B) Amber
(C) Mia
(D) Jeff
Part 2: Vocabulary Practice. Choose the correct word for each sentence.
1. Jack asked Jane if she wanted to go to a (concert, message) with him on Friday night.
2. David Tao and Jay Chou are two of my favorite (boy bands, pop stars).
3. Good musicians usually get a lot of (music videos, awards).
4. Claire isn’t well known for being a singer, so you can’t call her a(n) (original, celebrity).
5. Rick has a great (voice, pop star); he is my favorite singer!
6. I need some help with my math homework, dad. Can you (see me through, lend me a hand)?
7. Before I bought a DVD player, I used to watch movies on my (player, VCR).
8. Mrs. Smith always (takes time out of, speaks of) her day to help me with my English
9. I have a big (favor, line) to ask you. Can you lend me $50?
10. My dad never seems to (be helpful, mind) helping me with my homework.
Part 3: Talk About It! Talk about the following questions with a classmate.
1. Who is your favorite pop star? Do you like to listen to boy bands? Why or why not?
2. What is the best music video you have ever seen?
3. Do you think that you have a good singing voice? Why or why not?
4. Who is one person you look up to? Why?
5. When was the last time you asked someone to do a favor for you? What was the favor?
6. Sing a couple of lines of your favorite song.
7. Who is the most helpful person you know?
Part 4: Just for Fun! Read aloud the following lines from Norah Jones’ song, “The Prettiest Thing.”
Then follow the directions given.
Draw a box around the chorus of the song.
Circle any words that you don’t know.
Underline the similes. (A simile is a comparison using “like” or “as”)
Tell your classmate about the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen.
Draw a star next to your favorite line in the song.
"The Prettiest Thing"
The prettiest thing
I ever did see
Was lightening from the top of a cloud
Moving through the dark a million miles an hour
With somewhere to be
So why does it seem
Like a picture
Hanging up on someone else's wall
Lately I haven't been myself at all
It's heavy on my mind
I'm dreaming again
Like I've always been
And way down low
I know
The prettiest thing
I ever did see
Was dusty as the handle on the door
Rusty as a nail stuck in the old pine floor
Looks like home to me
I'm dreaming again
Like I've always been
And way down low
I'm thinkin' of the prettiest thing