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Obama Calls Kanye West a Jackass (September 16, 2009)

U.S. President Barack Obama has called rap star Kanye West a "jackass". He did this after the rapper jumped on stage at the MTV awards in New York. West stopped country singer Taylor Swift from making her winning speech after she won the award for best video. West told the audience he thought Beyonce’s video was better. “Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time,” he said. He was greeted with a chorus of boos. President Obama said: “It's like, she's getting an award, why are you butting in?”

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Taylor Swift told America’s ABC News Radio that Kanye called her after the awards show to apologize. She said: "He was very sincere in his apology and I accepted that apology.” Even though Kanye West apologized, he damaged his image with his actions. Even the President of the USA commented on them. There are also online Kanye West apology games, like the ones about the Iraqi shoe thrower. All of this fuss is probably good for West. Any publicity for famous singers adds to their fame.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

the rapper jumped on stage

a.

all time

2

making her winning

b.

of boos

3.

she won the award

c.

butting in?

4.

one of the best videos of

d.

for best video

5.

He was greeted with a chorus

e.

at the MTV awards

6.

Why are you

f.

speech

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Kanye called her

a.

this fuss

2

I accepted

b.

apology games

3.

he damaged

c.

for famous singers

4.

online Kanye West

d.

after the awards

5.

All of

e.

his image

6.

publicity

f.

that apology


LISTENING GAP FILL

U.S. President Barack Obama __________________ Kanye West a "jackass". He __________________ rapper jumped on stage at the MTV awards in New York. West stopped country singer Taylor Swift from making her winning speech __________________ award for best video. West told the audience he thought Beyonce’s __________________. “Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time,” he said. He was greeted with __________________. President Obama said: “It's like, she's getting an award, why __________________?”

Taylor Swift told America’s ABC News Radio that Kanye called her __________________ show to apologize. She said: "He was very sincere in his apology __________________ that apology.” Even though Kanye West apologized, he damaged his __________________. Even the President of the USA commented on them. There __________________ Kanye West apology games, __________________ the Iraqi shoe thrower. All of this fuss is probably good for West. Any publicity for famous singers __________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

U.S. President Barack Obama has (1) ____ rap star Kanye West a "jackass". He did this after the rapper jumped (2) ____ stage at the MTV awards in New York. West stopped country singer Taylor Swift from making her winning speech (3) ____ she won the award for best video. West told the audience he thought Beyonce’s video was better. “Beyonce had one of the best videos of (4) ____ time,” he said. He was greeted with a chorus of boos. President Obama said: “It's like, she's getting an award, why are you butting (5) ____?”

Taylor Swift told America’s ABC News Radio that Kanye called her after the awards show (6) ____ apologize. She said: "He was very sincere in his apology and I accepted that apology.” Even (7) ____ Kanye West apologized, he damaged his image with his actions. Even the President of the USA commented (8) ____ them. There are also online Kanye West apology games, (9) ____ the ones about the Iraqi shoe thrower. All of this fuss is probably good for West. Any publicity for famous singers adds to their (10) ____.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

called

(b)

calling

(c)

caller

2.

(a)

up

(b)

on

(c)

in

3.

(a)

after

(b)

post

(c)

then

4.

(a)

every

(b)

whole

(c)

all

5.

(a)

at

(b)

in

(c)

up

6.

(a)

for

(b)

and

(c)

to

7.

(a)

through

(b)

thought

(c)

though

8.

(a)

on

(b)

in

(c)

an

9.

(a)

like

(b)

likely

(c)

liked

10.

(a)

famous

(b)

fame

(c)

famously


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a jsskcaa

2.

jumped on tsega

3.

making her winning hespce

4.

the aadwr for best video

5.

a hsuorc of boos

6.

tuigtbn in

 

Paragraph 2

7.

Kanye dlleca her after

8.

I accepted that ygplaoo

9.

he damaged his megia

10.

the President of the USA codmemten

11.

the Iraqi shoe herwort

12.

famous srnsgei


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

apologize. She said: "He was very sincere in his apology and I accepted that apology.” Even

(    )

fuss is probably good for West. Any publicity for famous singers adds to their fame.

(    )

though Kanye West apologized, he damaged his image with his actions. Even the President of the USA commented

(    )

Taylor Swift told America’s ABC News Radio that Kanye called her after the awards show to

(    )

better. “Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time,” he said. He was greeted with a chorus of

(    )

boos. President Obama said: “It's like, she's getting an award, why are you butting in?”

(    )

speech after she won the award for best video. West told the audience he thought Beyonce’s video was

(    )

on stage at the MTV awards in New York. West stopped country singer Taylor Swift from making her winning

1  )

U.S. President Barack Obama has called rap star Kanye West a "jackass". He did this after the rapper jumped

(    )

on them. There are also online Kanye West apology games, like the ones about the Iraqi shoe thrower. All of this


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

The     rapper     jumped     on     stage     at     the     MTV     awards.

2.

She     won     the     award     for     best     video.

3.

Beyonce     had     one     of     the     best     videos     of     all     time.

4.

He     was     greeted     with     a     chorus     of     boos.

5.

She's     getting     an     award,     why     are     you     butting     in?

6.

Kanye    called    her    after    the    awards    show    to    apologize.

7.

He     was     very     sincere     in     his     apology.

8.

He     damaged     his     image     with     his     actions.

9.

All     of     this     fuss     is     probably     good     for     West.

10.

Publicity     for     famous     singers     adds     to     their     fame.


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about Kanye West 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 another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Kanye West. Include imaginary interviews with Kanye and President Obama. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Kanye West. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should say to President Obama. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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