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THE LESSON ON BEATLES DAY

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The Beatles are probably the most popular band in music history. Beatles Day celebrates The Beatles' triumphant return to their hometown, Liverpool, on 10 July 1964 from their first tour to the USA. It was also just in time for the premiere of their first movie, "A Hard Day's Night". This day is considered one of the landmarks in their rise to fame. Since 2008, its anniversary has been celebrated as Beatles Day in both Liverpool and Hamburg, the cities where the Fab Four started on the road to stardom. There are other "Beatles Day" holidays. In the USA, it is on February the 27th to mark the beauty and peacefulness of the Beatles' music in time for spring. UNESCO declared January 16 as The Beatles Day in 2001.



The official Beatles Day website says: "Beatles Day is an opportunity for the community of Liverpool to get together and celebrate the musical legacy of The Beatles, with a variety of artists from different styles performing throughout the day. It is also a chance to help raise money for the Beatles Day Foundation, which contributes money to various Liverpool charities." Bands from around the world gather in Liverpool and play Beatles music. People wear Beatles wigs or take photos of themselves to copy the album covers from the band. It is a festive occasion on which the organisers hope to have fun, bring back the spirit of Beatlemania, and raise money for charity.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatles_Day
http://www.beatlesday.tv/

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

probably the most popular

a.

of their first movie

2

The Beatles' triumphant return to

b.

road to stardom

3.

in time for the premiere

c.

their rise to fame

4.

one of the landmarks in

d.

band in music history

5.

the Fab Four started on the

e.

of the Beatles' music

6.

the beauty and peacefulness

f.

their hometown, Liverpool

Paragraph 2

1.

an opportunity for the community of

a.

legacy of The Beatles

2

celebrate the musical

b.

of Beatlemania

3.

a variety of artists

c.

money for charity

4.

People wear

d.

Liverpool to get together

5.

bring back the spirit

e.

Beatles wigs

6.

raise

f.

from different styles

LISTENING GAP FILL

The Beatles are probably the (1) _______________________ music history. Beatles Day celebrates The Beatles' triumphant return to their hometown, Liverpool, on 10 July 1964 (2) ______________________ the USA. It was (3) _______________________ premiere of their first movie, "A Hard Day's Night". This day is considered one of the landmarks (4) _______________________. Since 2008, its anniversary has been celebrated as Beatles Day in both Liverpool and Hamburg, the cities where the Fab Four (5) _____________________ stardom. There are other "Beatles Day" holidays. In the USA, it is on February the 27th to mark the beauty and peacefulness of the Beatles' (6) _______________________. UNESCO declared January 16 as The Beatles Day in 2001.

The official Beatles Day website says: "Beatles Day is an opportunity for the community of Liverpool (7) _______________________ celebrate (8) _______________________ The Beatles, with a variety of artists from different styles performing throughout the day. It is also a (9) _______________________ money for the Beatles Day Foundation, which contributes money to various Liverpool charities." Bands from (10) _______________________ in Liverpool and play Beatles music. People wear Beatles wigs or take photos of themselves to (11) _______________________ from the band. It is a festive occasion (12) _______________________ hope to have fun, bring back the spirit of Beatlemania, and raise money for charity.

WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

The Beatles are probably the most (1) ____________ band in music history. Beatles Day celebrates The Beatles' triumphant (2) ____________ to their hometown, Liverpool, on 10 July 1964 from their first tour to the USA. It was also just in time for the (3) ____________ of their first movie, "A Hard Day's Night". This day is considered one of the (4) ____________ in their rise to (5) ____________. Since 2008, its anniversary has been celebrated as Beatles Day in both Liverpool and Hamburg, the cities where the Fab Four started on the (6) ____________ to stardom. There are other "Beatles Day" holidays. In the USA, it is on February the 27th to (7) ____________ the beauty and peacefulness of the Beatles' music in time for spring. UNESCO (8) ____________ January 16 as The Beatles Day in 2001.

 

 

fame
mark
return
landmarks
popular
declared
road
premiere

The official Beatles Day website says: "Beatles Day is an (9) ____________ for the community of Liverpool to get together and celebrate the musical (10) ____________ of The Beatles, with a variety of artists from different styles performing (11) ____________ the day. It is also a chance to help (12) ____________ money for the Beatles Day Foundation, which contributes money to various Liverpool charities." Bands from around the world (13) ____________ in Liverpool and play Beatles music. People wear Beatles (14) ____________ or take photos of themselves to copy the album covers from the band. It is a festive occasion on which the organisers (15) ____________ to have fun, bring back the spirit of Beatlemania, and raise money for (16) ____________.

 

throughout
wigs
opportunity
charity
gather
legacy
hope
raise

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

The Beatles are probably the most common / popular band in music history. Beatles Day celebrates The Beatles' triumphant / triumph return to their hometown, Liverpool, on 10 July 1964 from their first tour to the USA. It was also just in time for the premier / premiere of their first movie, "A Hard Day's Night". This day is considering / considered one of the landmarks in their rise to fame / famous. Since 2008, its anniversary has been celebrated / celebration as Beatles Day in both Liverpool and Hamburg, the cities where the Fab Four started on the street / road to stardom. There are other "Beatles Day" holidays. In the USA, it is on February the 27th to market / mark the beauty and peacefulness of the Beatles' music in tempo / time for spring. UNESCO declared / declaration January 16 as The Beatles Day in 2001.

The official / officials Beatles Day website says: "Beatles Day is an opportunity for the commune / community of Liverpool to get together and celebrate the musical lethargy / legacy of The Beatles, with a variety / various of artists from different styles performing throughout the day. It is also a chance / chances to help raise money for the Beatles Day Foundation, which contributes money to / of various Liverpool charities." Bands from around the world together / gather in Liverpool and play Beatles music. People wear Beatles twigs / wigs or take photos of themselves to copy the album covers from the band. It is a festive occasionally / occasion on which the organisers hope to have fun, bring back the spirit / spirited of Beatlemania, and raise money for charity.

MULTIPLE CHOICE

The Beatles are probably the most (1) ____ band in music history. Beatles Day celebrates The Beatles' (2) ____ return to their hometown, Liverpool, on 10 July 1964 from their first (3) ____ to the USA. It was also just in time for the premiere of their first movie, "A Hard Day's Night". This day is considered one of the landmarks in their rise to (4) ____. Since 2008, its anniversary has been celebrated as Beatles Day in both Liverpool and Hamburg, the cities where the Fab Four started on the road to (5) ____. There are other "Beatles Day" holidays. In the USA, it is on February the 27th to mark the beauty and peacefulness of the Beatles' music in time for spring. UNESCO (6) ____ January 16 as The Beatles Day in 2001.

The official Beatles Day website says: "Beatles Day is an (7) ____ for the community of Liverpool to get together and celebrate the (8) ____ legacy of The Beatles, with a variety of artists from different styles performing throughout the day. It is also a chance to help (9) ____ money for the Beatles Day Foundation, which contributes money to (10) ____ Liverpool charities." Bands from around the world gather in Liverpool and play Beatles music. People wear Beatles wigs or (11) ____ photos of themselves to copy the album covers from the band. It is a festive occasion on which the organisers hope to have fun, bring back the (12) ____ of Beatlemania, and raise money for charity.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

common

(b)

biggest

(c)

ordinary

(d)

popular

2.

(a)

triumphant

(b)

triumphs

(c)

triumph

(d)

triumphing

3.

(a)

toured

(b)

touring

(c)

tour

(d)

tourist

4.

(a)

famed

(b)

fame

(c)

famous

(d)

infamy

5.

(a)

starring

(b)

starred

(c)

star

(d)

stardom

6.

(a)

declared

(b)

revelled

(c)

originated

(d)

combined

7.

(a)

chance

(b)

opportunity

(c)

opening

(d)

operation

8.

(a)

musical

(b)

musician

(c)

musicality

(d)

music

9.

(a)

up

(b)

raise

(c)

heighten

(d)

increase

10.

(a)

variously

(b)

virulent

(c)

variety

(d)

various

11.

(a)

took

(b)

take

(c)

taken

(d)

taking

12.

(a)

spirit

(b)

split

(c)

sprite

(d)

splinter

SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

The Beatles' tmrtpuahni return to their hometown

2.

the peeemirr of their first movie

3.

one of the nmdsalrka in their rise to fame

4.

the Fab Four started on the road to otmrsda

5.

the beauty and clnfpeaussee of the Beatles' music

6.

UNESCO ldercead January 16 as The Beatles Day

 

Paragraph 2

7.

The loicaiff Beatles Day website

8.

an ioopnttyrup for the community

9.

the musical laeygc of The Beatles

10.

inctsruoetb money

11.

It is a festive ioncscao

12.

raise money for iyarhct

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

time for the premiere of their first movie, "A Hard Day's Night". This day is considered one

(    )

money to various Liverpool charities." Bands from around the world gather in Liverpool

(    )

peacefulness of the Beatles' music in time for spring. UNESCO declared January 16 as The Beatles Day in 2001.

(    )

as Beatles Day in both Liverpool and Hamburg, the cities where the Fab Four started on the road

(    )

copy the album covers from the band. It is a festive occasion on which the organisers

1  )

The Beatles are probably the most popular band in music history. Beatles Day celebrates The Beatles' triumphant return

(    )

together and celebrate the musical legacy of The Beatles, with a variety of artists from different

(    )

hope to have fun, bring back the spirit of Beatlemania, and raise money for charity.

(    )

to stardom. There are other "Beatles Day" holidays. In the USA, it is on February the 27th to mark the beauty and

(    )

to their hometown, Liverpool, on 10 July 1964 from their first tour to the USA. It was also just in

(    )

and play Beatles music. People wear Beatles wigs or take photos of themselves to

(    )

of the landmarks in their rise to fame. Since 2008, its anniversary has been celebrated

(    )

styles performing throughout the day. It is also a chance to help raise money for the Beatles Day Foundation, which contributes

(    )

The official Beatles Day website says: "Beatles Day is an opportunity for the community of Liverpool to get

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

history     popular     band     Probably     in     the     music     most.    

2.

to     return     triumphant     Beatles'     The     hometown     their.    

3.

in     time     for     the     premiere     of     their     first    movie    Just.    

4.

of     in     to     One     landmarks     rise     the     their     fame.    

5.

16   as   The.   Beatles   Day   in   2001    UNESCO   declared    January

6.

of     legacy     musical     the     Celebrate     Beatles     The.    

7.

variety     styles     of     performing     artists     from     A     different.    

8.

in     around     Liverpool     the     world     Bands     gather     from.    

9.

wigs    photos    Beatles    take    themselves    wear    or    of   People.

10.

and     the     Beatlemania    money    back    of    raise    Bring    spirit.    

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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THE BEATLES SURVEY

Write five questions about The Beatles in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITING

Write about The Beatles 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 The Beatles. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about The Beatles. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about The Beatles. Write about will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

 

ANSWERS

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