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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Justin Timberlake is an American pop singer, songwriter, producer, dancer and actor. He rose to fame as part of the boy band ‘N Sync and achieved great success after going solo. He has won six Grammy Awards and an Emmy. He has sold more than 50 million albums in his music career. He has also ventured into the fashion and restaurant businesses.

Timberlake was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1981. His first attempts at singing was on the TV show Star Search. He performed under the name of Justin Randall and sang country songs. In 1993, he joined the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club, along with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Two years later, he joined ‘N Sync and became an international superstar.

‘N Sync were big business and their second and third albums were the fastest selling albums of all time. In 2002, Timberlake began working on his first solo album ‘Justified’ and the group was no more. Timberlake performed at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. A year later he received $6 million from McDonald’s for the song “I’m Lovin’ It”.

Timberlake released his second album ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ in 2006. It debuted at number one in the US album charts. He also found time to appear in several movies and collaborate with other artists, including Madonna and 50 Cent. Timberlake has his own record label, restaurant chain and clothing line. He is an avid golfer and in 2007 hosted a PGA Tour tournament.

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Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.


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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

fame

a.

performers

2

great

b.

went

3.

ventured

c.

efforts

4.

attempts

d.

stardom

5.

cast

e.

after that

6.

later

f.

considerable


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

of all time

g.

finished

8.

no more

h.

act

9.

received

i.

keen

10.

appear

j.

ever

11

collaborate

k

got

12

avid

l

team up

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

achieved great success after

a.

the name of Justin Randall

2

He has sold more than

b.

superstar

3.

His first attempts

c.

with other artists

4.

He performed under

d.

going solo

5.

became an international

e.

more

6.

the fastest selling albums

f.

golfer

7.

the group was no

g.

50 million albums

8.

He also found time to

h.

of all time

9.

collaborate

i.

at singing

10.

He is an avid

j.

appear in several movies


LISTENING GAP FILL

Justin Timberlake is an American pop singer, __________________ dancer and actor. He __________________ part of the boy band ‘N Sync and achieved great success __________________. He has won six Grammy Awards and an Emmy. He has sold more than 50 million albums in his music career. He has also __________________ fashion and restaurant businesses.

Timberlake was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1981. His first __________________ was on the TV show Star Search. He performed under the name of Justin Randall and __________________. In 1993, he __________________ of The Mickey Mouse Club, along with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Two years later, he joined ‘N Sync and became an __________________.

‘N Sync were __________________ their second and third albums were the fastest selling __________________. In 2002, Timberlake began working on his first solo album ‘Justified’ and __________________. Timberlake performed at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. A year later he __________________ from McDonald’s for the song “I’m Lovin’ It”.

Timberlake __________________ album ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ in 2006. It __________________ one in the US album charts. He also found time to appear in several movies __________________ other artists, including Madonna and 50 Cent. Timberlake has his own record label, restaurant chain and clothing line. He __________________ and in 2007 hosted a PGA Tour tournament.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Justin Timberlake is an American pop singer, songwriter, production / producer, dancer and actor. He rose to fame / famous as part of the boy band ‘N Sync and achieved great success after going / went solo. He has won six Grammy Awards and an Emmy. He has sold more than 50 million albums in his music career. He has also adventure / ventured into the fashion and restaurant businesses.

Timberlake was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1981. His first attempts for / at singing was on the TV show Star Search. He performed over / under the name of Justin Randall and sang country songs. In 1993, he joined the cast / cart of The Mickey Mouse Club, along with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Two years later, he joined ‘N Sync and became an international / national superstar.

‘N Sync were big / begin business and their second and third albums were the fastest selling albums of all / every time. In 2002, Timberlake began working on his first solo album ‘Justified’ and the group was not / no more. Timberlake performed at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. A year later he receipt / received $6 million from McDonald’s for the song “I’m Lovin’ It”.

Timberlake released his second album ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ in 2006. It debut / debuted at number one in the US album charts. He also found time to appear / appearance in several movies and collaborate with another / other artists, including Madonna and 50 Cent. Timberlake has his own record label, restaurant chain and clothing line. He is an avid / aphid golfer and in 2007 hosted a PGA Tour tournament.


SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1
 

1.

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2.

achieved great ecsucss after going solo

3.

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4.

ventured into the fashion and restaurant usiessnb


Paragraph 2
 

5.

His first epttsatm at singing

6.

He performed nuerd the name of Justin Randall

7.

he joined the asct of The Mickey Mouse Club

8.

Two years later, he deijno ‘N Sync


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9.

‘N Sync were big iesbusns

10.

the tfsesta selling albums of all time

11.

Timberlake rrdoeemfp at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards

12.

he eceivrde $6 million from McDonald’s


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13.

Timberlake aesrleed his second album

14.

It beueddt at number one

15.

abllaootrce with other artists

16.

his own record label, restaurant chain and gcnohlit line


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

 

an Emmy. He has sold more than 50 million albums in his music career. He has also ventured

(    )

 

later, he joined ‘N Sync and became an international superstar.

(    )

 

line. He is an avid golfer and in 2007 hosted a PGA Tour tournament.

(    )

 

of The Mickey Mouse Club, along with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Two years

(    )

 

the boy band ‘N Sync and achieved great success after going solo. He has won six Grammy Awards and

( 1 )

 

Justin Timberlake is an American pop singer, songwriter, producer, dancer and actor. He rose to fame as part of

(    )

 

Timberlake released his second album ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ in 2006. It debuted at number

(    )

 

‘N Sync were big business and their second and third albums were the fastest selling albums of all time. In 2002,

(    )

 

one in the US album charts. He also found time to appear in several movies and collaborate with other artists,

(    )

 

2002 MTV Video Music Awards. A year later he received $6 million from McDonald’s for the song “I’m Lovin’ It”.

(    )

 

Timberlake began working on his first solo album ‘Justified’ and the group was no more. Timberlake performed at the

(    )

 

Timberlake was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1981. His first attempts at singing was on the TV

(    )

 

show Star Search. He performed under the name of Justin Randall and sang country songs. In 1993, he joined the cast

(    )

 

into the fashion and restaurant businesses.

(    )

 

including Madonna and 50 Cent. Timberlake has his own record label, restaurant chain and clothing


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

success    great    achieved    solo    going    after

2.

than    more    sold    has    He    albums    million    50

3.

singing    the    His    at    on    show    attempts    was    TV    first

4.

of    name    the    under    performed    He    Randall    Justin

5.

Sync    he    Two    joined    years    ‘    later    N    ,

6.

of    time    fastest    albums    all    the    selling

7.

working    began    Timberlake    album    solo    first    his    on

8.

in    album    debuted    one    US    It    number    the    charts    at

9.

also    in    found    several    time    movies    to    He    appear

10.

label    record    own    his    has    Timberlake


JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Justin Timberlake?

2.

Would you like to meet Justin Timberlake?

3.

What would you like to know about Justin Timberlake and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Justin Timberlake?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Justin Timberlake?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SURVEY

Write five questions about Justin Timberlake 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 Justin Timberlake 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 Justin Timberlake. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Justin Timberlake. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Justin Timberlake. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he thinks about.

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

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Justin Timberlake. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Justin Timberlake expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

fame

a.

stardom

2

great

b.

considerable

3.

ventured

c.

went

4.

attempts

d.

efforts

5.

cast

e.

performers

6.

later

f.

after that


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

of all time

g.

ever

8.

no more

h.

finished

9.

received

i.

got

10.

appear

j.

act

11

collaborate

k

team up

12

avid

l

keen

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

achieved great success after

a.

going solo

2

He has sold more than

b.

50 million albums

3.

His first attempts

c.

at singing

4.

He performed under

d.

the name of Justin Randall

5.

became an international

e.

superstar

6.

the fastest selling albums

f.

of all time

7.

the group was no

g.

more

8.

He also found time to

h.

appear in several movies

9.

collaborate

i.

with other artists

10.

He is an avid

j.

golfer

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