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Date: Aug 7, 2005

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The 1965 Bob Dylan song “Like A Rolling Stone” has topped a poll of the most revolutionary moments in popular Western culture over the past five decades. The British magazine Uncut compiled the list to find the 100 songs, movies, books and TV shows that “changed the world”. Leading musicians, actors and industry experts cast their votes in the poll. Dylan’s influential track has been credited with changing the face of rock ‘n’ roll and spawning a new generation of rock and punk rockers. Singer Patti Smith said of Dylan’s rousing anthem: “It got me through adolescence.…If at that period you were indifferent, or mentally half-asleep, that song shocked you into existence. He was a mouthpiece for the energy of that time.”

Elvis Presley’s classic “Heartbreak Hotel” came in second. Ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney lauded the track, saying: "It's the way (Presley) sings it as if he is singing from the depths of hell.… it’s all so beautiful. Musically, it’s perfect.” The Beatles finished third with their 1963 hit “She Loves You”. The top movie was Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 disturbing film “A Clockwork Orange”, which came fifth on the list. Uncut editor Allan Jones said: “This list has been a massive undertaking…What we have been left with is Dylan as the most seminal artistic statement of the last five decades - but I’m sure others will disagree.” It is likely those in Africa, Asia and South America would express different preferences.

WARM-UPS

1. POLLS: In pairs / groups, talk about polls. Are they popular in your country? What kind of polls do you like? How would you vote in these polls and why?

  • Best ever song
  • Best ever book
  • Best ever movie
  • Best ever TV show
  • Best ever English teacher
  • Most important world leader ever
  • Most important leader of your country
  • Most important invention
  • Most significant world event ever
  • Best ever game

2. WESTERN CULTURE: How have American, British or other English-speaking Western cultures affected you and your lifestyle? What American, British… things do you listen to, read, watch…? How do the songs, books and movies from these cultures compare with those from your own culture? Talk to several classmates. Change partners and talk about your findings.

3. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words are most interesting and which are most boring.

1965 / Bob Dylan / “Like a Rolling Stone” / revolutionary moments / Western culture / rock ‘n’ roll / adolescence / Elvis Presley / The Beatles / hell / world culture

Have a chat about the topics you liked. For more conversation, change topics and partners frequently.

4. CULTURE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word “culture”. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

5. OPINIONS: In pairs / groups, talk about how far you agree with the following opinions on Western popular culture:

  1. Western popular culture is easily the best in the world.
  2. Western cultures are too insular. Western people never accept other cultures.
  3. All of the greatest singers and movies are American or British.
  4. Japanese pop culture is more interesting than American pop culture.
  5. British popular culture is better than American popular culture.
  6. Western popular culture leads to loose morals and a breakdown of traditional values.
  7. Probably 90 per cent of the world’s population has never heard of Bob Dylan.
  8. Polls that decide the “best” of something are totally pointless.

6. QUICK DEBATE: Students A think Western popular culture is the most important in the world. Students B think not. Change partners often.


 
 

BEFORE READING / LISTENING

1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F):

a.

Singer Bob Dylan recorded a new song called “Changed the world”.

T / F

b.

A Bob Dylan song was voted as a most important cultural event.

T / F

c.

Rock ‘n’ roll changed Bob Dylan’s face.

T / F

d.

A Bob Dylan song helped another singer through her adolescence.

T / F

e.

Elvis Presley voted for Bob Dylan in the poll.

T / F

f.

There were no Beatles songs in the top ten.

T / F

g.

“Titanic” was voted as the most important film of the past 50 years.

T / F

h.

Most people on other continents would have voted for Bob Dylan.

T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article:

a.

compiled

endeavor

b.

spawning

apathetic

c.

rousing

commended

d.

indifferent

stirring

e.

mouthpiece

finished

f.

came in

distressing

g.

lauded

put together

h.

disturbing

spokesperson

i.

undertaking

influential

j.

seminal

originating

3. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes more than one combination is possible):

a.

topped

through adolescence

b.

industry experts cast

lauded the track

c.

credited with

different preferences

d.

It got me

their votes in the poll

e.

a mouthpiece for the

a poll

f.

Sir Paul McCartney

undertaking

g.

as if he is singing from

energy of that time

h.

a massive

artistic statement

i.

the most seminal

changing the face of rock ‘n’ roll

j.

express

the depths of hell

WHILE READING / LISTENING

GAP FILL: Put the words in the column on the right into the correct spaces.

Bob Dylan song “changed the world”

The 1965 Bob Dylan song “Like A Rolling Stone” has ________ a poll of the most revolutionary moments in popular Western culture over the past five decades. The British magazine Uncut ________ the list to find the 100 songs, movies, books and TV shows that “changed the world”. ________ musicians, actors and industry experts ________ their votes in the poll. Dylan’s influential track has been ________ with changing the face of rock ‘n’ roll and spawning a new generation of rock and punk rockers. Singer Patti Smith said of Dylan’s rousing ________: “It got me through adolescence.…If at that period you were indifferent, or mentally half-asleep, that song ________ you into existence. He was a ________ for the energy of that time.”

 

 

leading
anthem
topped
mouthpiece
credited
shocked
compiled
cast

Elvis Presley’s classic “Heartbreak Hotel” ________ in second. Ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney ________ the track, saying: "It's the way (Presley) sings it as if he is singing from the depths of ________.… it’s all so beautiful. Musically, it’s perfect.” The Beatles finished third with their 1963 hit “She Loves You”. The top movie was Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 ________ film “A Clockwork Orange”, which came fifth on the list. Uncut editor Allan Jones said: “This list has been a ________ undertaking…What we have been left with is Dylan as the most ________ artistic statement of the last five decades - but I’m sure others will disagree.” It is ________ those in Africa, Asia and South America would ________ different preferences.

 

 

disturbing
express
hell
seminal
came
massive
likely
lauded


 
 

AFTER READING / LISTENING

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionaries / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words ‘change’ and ‘world’.

  • Share your findings with your partners.
  • Make questions using the words you found.
  • Ask your partner / group your questions.

2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

  • Share your questions with other classmates / groups.
  • Ask your partner / group your questions.

3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the gap fill. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

5. STUDENT “WESTERN CULTURE” SURVEY: In pairs / groups, write down questions about Western culture.

  • Ask other classmates your questions and note down their answers.
  • Go back to your original partner / group and compare your findings.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

6. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall exactly how these were used in the text:

  • topped
  • compiled
  • cast
  • credited
  • anthem
  • mouthpiece
  • classic
  • depths
  • disturbing
  • massive
  • seminal
  • express

DISCUSSION

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

  1. What were your initial thoughts on this headline?
  2. Did the headline make you want to read the article?
  3. Do you agree with the headline?
  4. What did you know about Bob Dylan?
  5. What do you know about the song “Like A Rolling Stone”?
  6. What songs, movies, TV shows and books do you think have changed the world?
  7. What aspects of your popular culture have changed the world?
  8. Which singer, actor, or writer from your country has changed the face of your culture?
  9. Did you need anything to get you through adolescence?
  10. What do you think of rock ‘n’ roll?

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

  1. Did you like reading this article?
  2. What did you think about what you read?
  3. Are Elvis Presley and The Beatles “everywhere” in your country?
  4. Which do you like better, American or British culture?
  5. What aspects of Western popular culture do you dislike?
  6. What can Britain and America learn from your culture?
  7. Are your favorite movies, songs and books from American/British culture or your own?
  8. Do you think Western culture has too much influence in your country?
  9. Were (Are) you an indifferent, half-asleep teenager?
  10. Did you like this discussion?

AFTER DISCUSSION: Join another partner / group and tell them what you talked about.

  1. What question would you like to ask about this topic?
  2. What was the most interesting thing you heard?
  3. Was there a question you didn’t like?
  4. Was there something you totally disagreed with?
  5. What did you like talking about?
  6. Do you want to know how anyone else answered the questions?
  7. Which was the most difficult question?

SPEAKING

CLASS POLL: Write your top three choices in the poll below. Compare your choices with those of other students. Talk about why you made your three choices in that particular order. Try to persuade your partners to agree with your choices.

Write your choices for the most influential ____ of the past 50 years in each of the categories:

 

 CATEGORY

 

 

 FIRST

 

 SECOND

 

 THIRD

 

 World leader

 

 

 

 

 

 Singer

 

 

 

 

 

 News channel

 

 

 

 

 

 Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 World event

 

 

 

 

 

 Other

 

 

 

 

After you have finished, take a class poll to decide on the overall winner in each category.

Discuss with your partner(s) what you think of the class poll results.

(In monolingual classes, this could be done / repeated for the most influential people / things / events in the students’ own country.)

LISTENING

Listen and fill in the spaces.

Bob Dylan song “changed the world”

The 1965 Bob Dylan song “Like A Rolling Stone” has _______ a poll of the most revolutionary moments in popular Western culture over the past five _______. The British magazine Uncut compiled the list to find the 100 songs, movies, books and TV shows that “changed the world”. Leading musicians, actors and industry experts _______ their votes in the poll. Dylan’s influential track has been _______ with changing the face of rock ‘n’ roll and _______ a new generation of rock and punk rockers. Singer Patti Smith said of Dylan’s __________ anthem: “It got me through adolescence.…If at that period you were ___________, or mentally half-asleep, that song shocked you into existence. He was a ___________ for the energy of that time.”

Elvis Presley’s ________ “Heartbreak Hotel” came in second. Ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney _______ the track, saying: "It's the way (Presley) sings it as if he is singing from the ________ of hell.… it’s all so beautiful. Musically, it’s perfect.” The Beatles finished third with their 1963 hit “She Loves You”. The top movie was Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 ________ film “A Clockwork Orange”, which came fifth on the list. Uncut editor Allan Jones said: “This list has been a massive _____________…What we have been left with is Dylan as the most ________ artistic statement of the last five decades - but I’m sure others will disagree.” It is likely those in Africa, Asia and South America would ________ different preferences.

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 on Bob Dylan. Share your findings with your class in the next lesson.

3. MY ADOLESCENCE: Write an essay about your adolescence. Was it difficult? Did you have any angry feelings? Did any books, movies or songs have a big influence on you? Explain the main points of your essay to your classmates in your next lesson. Did you all write about similar things?

4. MY LIST: Make your own list of the things you like best and why. Choose between five and ten categories. Show your list to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all include similar things?

ANSWERS

TRUE / FALSE:

a. F

b. T

c. F

d. T

e. F

f. F

g. F

h. F

SYNONYM MATCH:

a.

compiled

put together

b.

spawning

originating

c.

rousing

stirring

d.

indifferent

apathetic

e.

mouthpiece

spokesperson

f.

came in

finished

g.

lauded

commended

h.

disturbing

distressing

i.

undertaking

endeavor

j.

seminal influential

PHRASE MATCH:

a.

topped

a poll

b.

industry experts cast

their votes in the poll

c.

credited with

changing the face of rock ‘n’ roll

d.

It got me

through adolescence

e.

a mouthpiece for the

energy of that time

f.

Sir Paul McCartney

lauded the track

g.

as if he is singing from

the depths of hell

h.

a massive

undertaking

i.

the most seminal

artistic statement

j.

express

different preferences

GAP FILL:

Bob Dylan song “changed the world”

The 1965 Bob Dylan song “Like A Rolling Stone” has topped a poll of the most revolutionary moments in popular Western culture over the past five decades. The British magazine Uncut compiled the list to find the 100 songs, movies, books and TV shows that “changed the world”. Leading musicians, actors and industry experts cast their votes in the poll. Dylan’s influential track has been credited with changing the face of rock ‘n’ roll and spawning a new generation of rock and punk rockers. Singer Patti Smith said of Dylan’s rousing anthem: “It got me through adolescence.…If at that period you were indifferent, or mentally half-asleep, that song shocked you into existence. He was a mouthpiece for the energy of that time.”

Elvis Presley’s classic “Heartbreak Hotel” came in second. Ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney lauded the track, saying: "It's the way (Presley) sings it as if he is singing from the depths of hell.… it’s all so beautiful. Musically, it’s perfect.” The Beatles finished third with their 1963 hit “She Loves You”. The top movie was Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 disturbing film “A Clockwork Orange”, which came fifth on the list. Uncut editor Allan Jones said: “This list has been a massive undertaking…What we have been left with is Dylan as the most seminal artistic statement of the last five decades - but I’m sure others will disagree.” It is likely those in Africa, Asia and South America would express different preferences.

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