Friday, February 21, 2014

Activity Roundup: Rapper's Delight, Grandparents, WhatsApp

Here are some interesting and current things you could share with your students.

Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show this week, and this segment is an instant classic. Brian Williams and Lester Holt, both NBC news anchors, "perform" Rapper's Delight. Here are the lyrics to the edited version of the song (you can print them, and there are some comprehension questions at the end), and here is a link to the lyrics guide at Rap Genius, in case the students stump you with some questions.

An artist who goes by the name Qozop has an interesting project called Spring-Autumn. This story at NPR explains the project, which photographs grandparents and grandchildren with an interesting twist, and a link to the artist's site is available there as well. These images would make good conversation or writing prompts.

WhatsApp made the news this week! You may not use this app, but your students do; it's overwhelmingly popular outside of the US (and China). This NPR segment on the acquisition by Facebook has both audio and text. You might also want to poll the class and find out which messaging apps they use on their phones to see which is most popular. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Kik, Snapchat, Viber, WeChat, Line... here is a list for your reference.

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