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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Quentin Tarantino is an award-winning American film director, screenwriter and actor. He is known for his stylish and violent movies. He rose to fame in the early 1990s for his unique directing method that relied heavily on dialogue. His screenplays are usually full of unforgettable lines and scenes. He has become a cult director around the world while achieving superstar status.

Tarantino was born in Tennessee in 1963. He dropped out of high school when he was 15 to learn acting. He got a job in a video rental store and spent all day watching and analyzing films. He had long discussions about them with customers. For Tarantino, this proved to be an education in directing that he would bring to his own moviemaking.

Tarantino met a movie producer at a Hollywood party who encouraged him to write a screenplay. In January 1992 ‘Reservoir Dogs’ came out and Tarantino instantly became a cult legend. He then wrote the screenplays for the box-office hits ‘True Romance’ and ‘Natural Born Killers’. In 1994, Tarantino made his classic ‘Pulp Fiction’ and won the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

Tarantino made a few more films before writing and directing the ‘Kill Bill’ movies. These films combined the movie styles of Chinese martial arts, Japanese drama, spaghetti westerns and Italian horror. They confirmed him as one of Hollywood’s elite directors. Tarantino once said: "When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘No, I went to films.’”

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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.

reaching

2

heavily

b.

evaluating

3.

achieving

c.

stardom

4.

dropped out of

d.

turned out

5.

analyzing

e.

a lot

6.

proved

f.

left


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

encouraged

g.

successes

8.

instantly

h.

justified

9.

hits

i.

urged

10.

combined

j.

best

11

confirmed

k

immediately

12

elite

l

mixed

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

He is known for his stylish

a.

unforgettable lines

2

His screenplays are usually full of

b.

out of high school

3.

He has become a cult

c.

classic ‘Pulp Fiction’

4.

He dropped

d.

and violent movies

5.

this proved to be an education

e.

westerns

6.

Tarantino instantly became

f.

arts

7.

Tarantino made his

g.

in directing

8.

Chinese martial

h.

directors

9.

spaghetti

i.

director

10.

one of Hollywood’s elite

j.

a cult legend


LISTENING GAP FILL

Quentin Tarantino is ___________________ American film director, screenwriter and actor. He is known for his ___________________ movies. He rose to fame in the early 1990s for his unique directing method that ___________________ dialogue. His screenplays are usually full of unforgettable ___________________. He has become a cult director around the world while achieving superstar status.

Tarantino was born in Tennessee in 1963. He ___________________ school when he was ___________________. He got a job in a video rental store and spent all day watching ___________________. He had long discussions about them with customers. For Tarantino, this proved to ___________________ directing that he would bring to his own moviemaking.

Tarantino met a movie producer at a Hollywood party who encouraged him ___________________. In January 1992 ‘Reservoir Dogs’ came out and Tarantino ___________________ cult legend. He then wrote the ___________________ box-office hits ‘True Romance’ and ‘Natural Born Killers’. In 1994, Tarantino ___________________ ‘Pulp Fiction’ and won the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

Tarantino made a few more films before ___________________ the ‘Kill Bill’ movies. These films combined the movie styles of Chinese martial arts, Japanese drama, ___________________  and Italian horror. They confirmed him as one of Hollywood’s ______________. Tarantino once said: "When people ask me ________________ school I tell them, ‘No, I went to films.’”


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Quentin Tarantino is an award-winning American film director, screenwriter / screenplay and actor. He is known for his stylish and violent / violence movies. He rose to fame in the early 1990s for his unique directing method that relied heavy / heavily on dialogue. His screenplays are usually full of unforgettable lines and scenes. He has become a cult director around the world while achieving superstar states / status.

Tarantino was born in Tennessee in 1963. He dropped in / out of high school when he was 15 to learning / learn acting. He got a job in a video rental store and spent all day watching and analyzing films. He had tall / long discussions about them with customers. For Tarantino, this proven / proved to be an education in directing that he would bring to his own moviemaking.

Tarantino met a movie producer at a Hollywood party whom / who encouraged him to write a screenwriter / screenplay. In January 1992 ‘Reservoir Dogs’ came out and Tarantino instantly became a cult legendary / legend. He then wrote the screenplays for the box-office hits ‘True Romance’ and ‘Natural Born Killers’. In 1994, Tarantino made his classic / classical ‘Pulp Fiction’ and won the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

Tarantino made a few / several more films before writing and directing the ‘Kill Bill’ movies. These films combined the movie styles of Chinese martial / marital arts, Japanese drama, lasagna / spaghetti westerns and Italian horror. They confirmed him as one of Hollywood’s elite directors. Tarantino once said: "When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘No, I went to films / filming.’”


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

stylish and nloetvi movies

2.

his quienu directing method

3.

He has become a ulct director

4.

superstar ttussa


Paragraph 2
 

5.

He odppred out of high school

6.

pesnt all day watching and analyzing films

7.

He had long sdsiisoscnu about them

8.

this proved to be an eiodactnu in directing


Paragraph 3
 

9.

movie upreodrc

10.

write a sparyecnle

11.

box-eofcif hits

12.

Tarantino made his ssalicc ‘Pulp Fiction’


Paragraph 4
 

13.

These films dionemcb the movie styles

14.

aairmlt arts

15.

one of Hollywood’s eitel directors

16.

film loshco


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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office hits ‘True Romance’ and ‘Natural Born Killers’. In 1994, Tarantino made his

(    )

 

classic ‘Pulp Fiction’ and won the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

( 1 )

 

Quentin Tarantino is an award-winning American film director, screenwriter and actor. He is known for his stylish and

(    )

 

violent movies. He rose to fame in the early 1990s for his unique directing method that relied

(    )

 

customers. For Tarantino, this proved to be an education in directing that he would bring to his own moviemaking.

(    )

 

in a video rental store and spent all day watching and analyzing films. He had long discussions about them with

(    )

 

Tarantino met a movie producer at a Hollywood party who encouraged him to write a screenplay. In January

(    )

 

1992 ‘Reservoir Dogs’ came out and Tarantino instantly became a cult legend. He then wrote the screenplays for the box-

(    )

 

heavily on dialogue. His screenplays are usually full of unforgettable lines and scenes. He has become a cult

(    )

 

ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘No, I went to films.’”

(    )

 

director around the world while achieving superstar status.

(    )

 

Tarantino made a few more films before writing and directing the ‘Kill Bill’ movies. These films combined

(    )

 

Italian horror. They confirmed him as one of Hollywood’s elite directors. Tarantino once said: "When people

(    )

 

Tarantino was born in Tennessee in 1963. He dropped out of high school when he was 15 to learn acting. He got a job

(    )

 

the movie styles of Chinese martial arts, Japanese drama, spaghetti westerns and


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

violent   for   movies   his   He   stylish   is   and   known

2.

screenplays   His   lines   unforgettable   of   full   usually   are

3.

become   the   a   world   cult   He   director   has   around

4.

and   films   all   watching   analyzing   spent   day

5.

an   be   to   proved   this   directing   in   education

6.

Hollywood   movie   party   producer   Tarantino   at   met   a   a

7.

out   came   Dogs’   Reservoir   ‘   1992   January   In

8.

screenplays   for   the   box   -   office   hits   He   then   wrote   the

9.

of   one   as   him   confirmed   directors   elite   Hollywood’s

10.

me   film   if   school   I   people   went   ask   to


QUENTIN TARANTINO DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Quentin Tarantino?

2.

Would you like to meet Quentin Tarantino?

3.

What would you like to know about Quentin Tarantino 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 Quentin Tarantino?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Quentin Tarantino?

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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QUENTIN TARANTINO SURVEY

Write five questions about Quentin Tarantino 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

_____________

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 Quentin Tarantino 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 Quentin Tarantino. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. QUENTIN TARANTINO POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Quentin Tarantino. 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 Quentin Tarantino. 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 Quentin Tarantino. 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 “Quentin Tarantino expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

fame

a.

stardom

2

heavily

b.

a lot

3.

achieving

c.

reaching

4.

dropped out of

d.

left

5.

analyzing

e.

evaluating

6.

proved

f.

turned out


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

encouraged

g.

urged

8.

instantly

h.

immediately

9.

hits

i.

successes

10.

combined

j.

mixed

11

confirmed

k

justified

12

elite

l

best

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

He is known for his stylish

a.

and violent movies

2

His screenplays are usually full of

b.

unforgettable lines

3.

He has become a cult

c.

director

4.

He dropped

d.

out of high school

5.

this proved to be an education

e.

in directing

6.

Tarantino instantly became

f.

a cult legend

7.

Tarantino made his

g.

classic ‘Pulp Fiction’

8.

Chinese martial

h.

arts

9.

spaghetti

i.

westerns

10.

one of Hollywood’s elite

j.

directors

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