The Reading / Listening - Kendrick Lamar - Level 3

The American rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for music. The annual award is given to musicians who have created a "distinguished musical composition". Lamar won it for his album "DAMN". The 30-year-old Lamar wrote and rapped about the reality of life as a black man in the USA. He wrote songs like "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry". These have become very well known since the police shootings of many black people in America. The Pulitzer board said the album was a "virtuosic song collection" that captured "the modern African-American life". Mr Lamar has not yet commented on his award.



The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in journalism, literature, and musical composition. It started in 1917 to honour news reporting. The first prize for musical composition was awarded in 1943. Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper to win the award and the most commercially successful musician to receive it. The prize is usually given to classical musicians. The Pulitzer committee said: "We are very proud of this selection. It means that...the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize." It added: "It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way." Sky News said: "Lamar has won...for his deep lyrical content...and his profound mix of hip hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry and African sounds."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Kendrick Lamar - Level 0 Kendrick Lamar - Level 1   or  Kendrick Lamar - Level 2

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/kendrick-lamar-becomes-first-non-classical-or-jazz-musician-to-win-pulitzer-prize-11334352
  • https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kendrick-lamars-pulitzer-win-is-just-the-beginning-w519246
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/arts/music/kendrick-lamar-pulitzer-prize-damn.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. RAPPERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about rappers. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       rapper / songwriter / classical / jazz / reality / police / shootings / song collection /
       award / achievement / journalism / literature / musician / proud / hip-hop / poetry
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. HIP-HOP: Students A strongly believe hip-hop is more important than jazz; Students B strongly believe jazz is more important.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. AWARDS: Who would you give these awards to and why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Who to?

Why?

Musician

 

 

Actor

 

 

Politician

 

 

Business person

 

 

Peace maker

 

 

Athlete

 

 

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5. MUSICIAN: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "musician". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. MUSIC: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • classical
  • country
  • electro
  • folk
  • hip-hop
  • jazz
  • soul
  • funk

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. musician a. A prize or honour given to someone for doing something great.
      2. prestigious b. The world and life as it really is.
      3. annual c. A person who plays a musical instrument, especially as a job, or is musically talented.
      4. award d. Said something about something or someone.
      5. reality e. Having a high status.
      6. captured f. Happening once every year.
      7. commented g. Recorded or described well in words or pictures.

    Paragraph 2

      8. achievements h. About the words of a popular song.
      9. journalism i. A thing done successfully, usually by effort, courage, or skill.
      10. commercially j. The activity or job of writing for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or of preparing news.
      11. proud k. Totally.
      12. completely l. Feeling very, very happy or satisfied because of something you did or have, or because of what someone you know well did.
      13. deep m. In a way that is about buying, selling, and making money.
      14. lyrical n. Emotional thinking.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Kendrick Lamar is the first non-classical musician to win the prize.     T / F
  2. Mr Lamar won the prize for one of his songs.     T / F
  3. Police shootings in the USA made Lamar's songs better known.     T / F
  4. Kendrick Lamar said he was very happy with the award.     T / F
  5. The Pulitzer Prize is only for journalism and music composition.     T / F
  6. The Pulitzer Prize for music started after the one for journalism.     T / F
  7. The Pulitzer Prize committee was proud of its choice of winner.     T / F
  8. A news channel said Lamar mixed rap with African sounds and jazz.     T / F

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

  1. musician
  2. prestigious
  3. reality
  4. collection
  5. commented
  6. literature
  7. awarded
  8. proud
  9. completely
  10. mix
  1. given
  2. spoken about
  3. selection
  4. blend
  5. leading
  6. pleased
  7. performer
  8. totally
  9. truth
  10. writing

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. the first non-classical or
  2. created a distinguished musical
  3. Lamar wrote and rapped about the reality
  4. captured the modern African-American
  5. Mr Lamar has not yet commented
  6. an award for achievements
  7. the most commercially successful
  8. The prize is usually given to
  9. It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely
  10. Lamar has won for his deep
  1. of life as a black man
  2. lyrical content
  3. on his award
  4. classical musicians
  5. musician to receive it
  6. jazz musician to win
  7. different way
  8. life
  9. in journalism
  10. composition

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
classical
reality
collection
songwriter
yet
album
annual
since

The American rapper and (1) ____________ Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-(2) ____________ or jazz musician to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for music. The (3) ____________ award is given to musicians who have created a "distinguished musical composition". Lamar won it for his (4) ____________ "DAMN". The 30-year-old Lamar wrote and rapped about the (5) ____________ of life as a black man in the USA. He wrote songs like "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry". These have become very well known (6) ____________ the police shootings of many black people in America. The Pulitzer board said the album was a "virtuosic song (7) ____________ " that captured "the modern African-American life". Mr Lamar has not (8) ____________ commented on his award.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
usually
first
deep
literature
poetry
proud
successful
light

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in journalism, (9) ____________, and musical composition. It started in 1917 to honour news reporting. The (10) ____________ prize for musical composition was awarded in 1943. Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper to win the award and the most commercially (11) ____________ musician to receive it. The prize is (12) ____________ given to classical musicians. The Pulitzer committee said: "We are very (13) ____________ of this selection. It means that...the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize." It added: "It shines a (14) ____________ on hip-hop in a completely different way." Sky News said: "Lamar has won...for his (15) ____________ lyrical content...and his profound mix of hip hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, (16) ____________ and African sounds."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  the first non-classical or jazz musician to ______ Pulitzer Prize
     a.  wind the prestigious
     b.  wins the prestigious
     c.  win the prestigious
     d.  whine the prestigious
2)  The 30-year-old Lamar wrote and rapped about the ______
     a.  realty of life
     b.  reality of life
     c.  royalty of life
     d.  regality of life
3)  These have become very well known since the ______
     a.  police shoot-ins
     b.  police shootings
     c.  policy shootings
     d.  policy shoot-ins
4)  the album was a "virtuosic song collection" that captured "the modern ______
     a.  African-American live
     b.  African-American rife
     c.  African-American life
     d.  African-American alive
5)  Mr Lamar has not yet commented ______
     a.  in his award
     b.  of his award
     c.  on his award
     d.  oh his award

6)  an award for achievements in journalism, literature, and ______
     a.  musical composition
     b.  musicals composition
     c.  musically composition
     d.  musicality composition
7)  the most commercially successful musician ______
     a.  to receive it
     b.  to receives it
     c.  to received it
     d.  to receiving it
8)  It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely ______
     a.  difference way
     b.  different way
     c.  differential way
     d.  differentiate way
9)  Lamar has won...for his deep ______
     a.  lyre recall content
     b.  lyric all content
     c.  lyre a call content
     d.  lyrical content
10)  his profound mix of hip hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, ______ sounds
     a.  poetical and African
     b.  poetry and African
     c.  poet try and African
     d.  poet array and African

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The American (1) ___________________ Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-classical or jazz musician (2) ___________________ prestigious Pulitzer Prize for music. The annual award is given to musicians who (3) ___________________ "distinguished musical composition". Lamar won it for his album "DAMN". The 30-year-old Lamar wrote and rapped about the (4) ___________________ as a black man in the USA. He wrote songs like "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry". These have become very well known (5) ___________________ shootings of many black people in America. The Pulitzer board said the album was a "virtuosic song collection" that captured "the modern African-American life". Mr Lamar has (6) ___________________ on his award.

The Pulitzer Prize is (7) ___________________ achievements in journalism, literature, and musical composition. It started in 1917 to honour news reporting. The first prize for musical composition (8) ___________________ 1943. Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper to win the award and the most commercially successful musician (9) ___________________. The prize is usually given to classical musicians. The Pulitzer committee said: "We are very (10) ___________________ selection. It means that...the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize." It added: "It (11) ___________________ on hip-hop in a completely different way." Sky News said: "Lamar has won...for his deep lyrical content...and his profound mix of hip hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. What other music genre has won the award besides classical and rap?
  2. What is the name of the album that won the prize?
  3. How old is Kendrick Lamar?
  4. What made the album more well known?
  5. What did Kendrick Lamar say about the award?
  6. When did the Pulitzer Prize for journalism begin?
  7. When did the Pulitzer Prize for music begin?
  8. Who is the prize usually given to?
  9. What did the committee say the prize shone on hip-hop?
  10. What kind of lyrical content did Sky News say Lamar wrote?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What other music genre has won the award besides classical and rap?
a) world music
b) jazz
c) opera
d) folk
2) What is the name of the album that won the prize?
a) DAME
b) DARN
c) MAD
d) DAMN
3) How old is Kendrick Lamar?
a) 30
b) 31
c) 32
d) 33
4) What made the album more well known?
a) a viral campaign
b) Internet news
c) police shootings
d) a TV show
5) What did Kendrick Lamar say about the award?
a) "Thank you"
b) nothing yet
c) "I'm so happy"
d) "I'm speechless"

6) When did the Pulitzer Prize for journalism begin?
a) 1917
b) 1719
c) 1971
d) 1197
7) When did the Pulitzer Prize for music begin?
a) 1941
b) 1942
c) 1943
d) 1940
8) Who is the prize usually given to?
a) classical musicians
b) composers
c) conductors
d) pianists
9) What did the committee say the prize shone on hip-hop?
a) a light
b) a shadow
c) a sunbeam
d) moonlight
10) What kind of lyrical content did Sky News say Lamar wrote?
a) emotional lyrical content
b) novel lyrical content
c) original lyrical content
d) deep lyrical content

Role play

Role  A – Hip-Hop
You think hip-hop is the best music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kinds of music. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): jazz, classical or folk.

Role  B – Jazz
You think jazz is the best music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kinds of music. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): hip-hop, classical or folk.

Role  C – Classical
You think classical is the best music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kinds of music. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): jazz, hip-hop or folk.

Role  D – Folk
You think folk is the best music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kinds of music. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  jazz, classical or hip-hop.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'jazz'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'rap'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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 activity. 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. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • literature
    • 1917
    • most
    • proud
    • light
    • spoken
    • non
    • annual
    • rapped
    • since
    • collection
    • yet




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for music

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'rapper'?
    3. What do you know about Kendrick Lamar?
    4. How important is it to hip-hop that a rapper got this award?
    5. What do you think of rap?
    6. How good is this album to beat all other kinds of music?
    7. What do you think about what Mr Lamar raps about?
    8. Should all music be about real life and important issues?
    9. What do you know about police shootings in America?
    10. Would you like to listen to the album?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'songwriter'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Who do you think should get a music award?
    5. Is classical music better than rap music?
    6. How does hip-hop influence your country's culture?
    7. What are the similarities between rap and poetry?
    8. How important are deep lyrics?
    9. Who is the best rapper in history?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Mr Lamar?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The American rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar has become the (1) ____ non-classical or jazz musician to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for music. The annual award is (2) ____ to musicians who have created a "distinguished musical composition". Lamar won it (3) ____ his album "DAMN". The 30-year-old Lamar wrote and rapped about the (4) ____ of life as a black man in the USA. He wrote songs like "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry". These have become very well known (5) ____ the police shootings of many black people in America. The Pulitzer board said the album was a "virtuosic song collection" that captured "the modern African-American (6) ____ ". Mr Lamar has not yet commented on his award.

    The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements (7) ____ journalism, literature, and musical composition. It started in 1917 to honour news reporting. The first prize for musical composition was (8) ____ in 1943. Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper to win the award and the (9) ____ commercially successful musician to receive it. The prize is usually given to classical musicians. The Pulitzer committee said: "We are very (10) ____ of this selection. It means that...the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize." It added: "It (11) ____ a light on hip-hop in a completely different way." Sky News said: "Lamar has won...for his deep lyrical content...and his profound mix of hip hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, (12) ____ and African sounds."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     frost     (b)     fist     (c)     fast     (d)     first    
    2. (a)     giving     (b)     gives     (c)     gave     (d)     given    
    3. (a)     of     (b)     for     (c)     by     (d)     at    
    4. (a)     really     (b)     real     (c)     reality     (d)     realize     
    5. (a)     since     (b)     as     (c)     for     (d)     on    
    6. (a)     life     (b)     live     (c)     living     (d)     liver    
    7. (a)     to     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     in    
    8. (a)     awarded     (b)     awards     (c)     award     (d)     awarding    
    9. (a)     must     (b)     most     (c)     mist     (d)     mast    
    10. (a)     pride     (b)     prod     (c)     proud     (d)     proudly    
    11. (a)     shining     (b)     shiny     (c)     shines     (d)     shiner    
    12. (a)     poetic     (b)     poetry     (c)     poem     (d)     poetically

    Spelling

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the american rapper and songwriter kendrick lamar has become the first nonclassical or jazz musician to win the prestigious pulitzer prize for music the annual award is given to musicians who have created a distinguished musical composition lamar won it for his album damn the 30yearold lamar wrote and rapped about the reality of life as a black man in the usa he wrote songs like alright and the blacker the berry these have become very well known since the police shootings of many black people in america the pulitzer board said the album was a virtuosic song collection that captured the modern africanamerican life mr lamar has not yet commented on his award

    the pulitzer prize is an award for achievements in journalism literature and musical composition it started in 1917 to honour news reporting the first prize for musical composition was awarded in 1943 kendrick lamar is the first rapper to win the award and the most commercially successful musician to receive it the prize is usually given to classical musicians the pulitzer committee said we are very proud of this selection it means thatthe best work was awarded a pulitzer prize it added it shines a light on hiphop in a completely different way Sky News said lamar has wonfor his deep lyrical contentand his profound mix of hip hop spoken word jazz soul funk poetry and african sounds

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    ishedmusicalcomposition".Lamarwonitforhisalbum"DAMN".The30-
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    ehavebecomeverywellknownsincethepoliceshootingsofmanyblackp
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    asnotyetcommentedonhisaward.ThePulitzerPrizeisanawardforachi
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    eryproudofthisselection.Itmeansthat...thebestworkwasawardedaP
    ulitzerPrize."Itadded:"Itshinesalightonhip-hopinacompletelydiffere
    ntway."SkyNewssaid:"Lamarhaswon...forhisdeeplyricalcontent...a
    ndhisprofoundmixofhiphop,spokenword,jazz,soul,funk,poetryandA
    fricansounds."

    Free writing

    Write about Kendrick Lamar for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Rap is one of the best forms of music. Discuss.

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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 out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. KENDRICK LAMAR: Make a poster about Kendrick Lamar. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. RAPPERS: Write a magazine article about rappers and their influence on society. Include imaginary interviews with people who think rap is great and with people who don't think it is great.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. 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.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on rap. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on rap. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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