The Reading / Listening - Elvis Presley - Level 6

The legendary rock 'n' roll singer Elvis Presley has been posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 41 years after his death. Presley is known as the "King of rock and roll". He was one of seven recipients of the award. Other recipients included baseball great Babe Ruth and Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is bestowed by the President of the United States and is the highest award that can be given to a civilian. It recognizes those people who have made, "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".



Speaking at the awards ceremony on Friday, President Trump said: "America is blessed to have the most skill, passion and talent of anywhere on earth. We are truly a great nation and we're a nation that is doing really, really well right now." The White House described Elvis as, "an enduring American icon". It added: "Presley defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. Fusing gospel, country, and rhythm and blues, the star had created a sound all his own." Elvis is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. Other musical stars to get the award include Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Elvis Presley - Level 4  or  Elvis Presley - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/16/president-trump-medals-freedom-elvis-babe-ruth/2025294002/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46233352
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_Medal_of_Freedom


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. ELVIS PRESLEY: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Elvis Presley. 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?
       rock 'n' roll / medal / freedom / baseball / judge / award / contribution / peace /
       ceremony / blessed / passion / talent / nation / culture / billions / gospel / solo
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ROCK 'N' ROLL: Students A strongly believe rock 'n' roll is the greatest form of music; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MEDAL: Who would you give a medal to in these categories, and why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Who?

Why?

Music

 

 

Environment

 

 

Sport

 

 

Business

 

 

Politics

 

 

Social Media

 

 

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5. LEGEND: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "legend". 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 music genres at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • electronic
  • hip-hop
  • country
  • ambient
  • rock 'n' roll
  • classical
  • jazz
  • folk

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. legendary a. A public official appointed to decide cases in a court of law.
      2. posthumously b. A person not in the armed services or the police force.
      3. recipients c. Remarkable enough to be famous; very well known.
      4. judge d. An attempt to achieve a goal.
      5. civilian e. After the death of the creator or originator.
      6. meritorious f. A person or thing that receives or is awarded something.
      7. endeavors g. Deserving reward or praise.

    Paragraph 2

      8. ceremony h. For or done by one person alone; unaccompanied.
      9. blessed i. A formal religious or public occasion, typically one celebrating a particular event or anniversary.
      10. enduring j. Given a special quality; fortunate; privileged.
      11. icon k. Love and respecting (someone) deeply.
      12. adoring l. A person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something.
      13. influential m. Continuing or long-lasting.
      14. solo n. Having a great effect on someone or something.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Elvis Presley was posthumously awarded the medal of freedom.     T / F
  2. Elvis Presley's nickname is the "Prince of rock 'n' roll".     T / F
  3. A judge and a baseball star also got the medal of freedom.     T / F
  4. The Medal of Freedom is awarded to civilians.     T / F
  5. President Trump said America has the most talent on Earth.     T / F
  6. The White House said Elvis Presley not iconic.     T / F
  7. The White House said Elvis Presley confused gospel with country music.   T / F
  8. Elvis Presley is the second best-selling solo artist in music history.     T / F

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

  1. legendary
  2. awarded
  3. recipients
  4. meritorious
  5. endeavors
  6. passion
  7. enduring
  8. adoring
  9. influential
  10. stars
  1. lasting
  2. praiseworthy
  3. big names
  4. celebrated
  5. important
  6. admiring
  7. efforts
  8. gave
  9. enthusiasm
  10. beneficiaries

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

  1. The legendary
  2. He was one of seven
  3. the highest award that can
  4. people who have made an especially
  5. national
  6. awards
  7. America is
  8. an enduring American
  9. billions of adoring
  10. the best-selling solo
  1. icon
  2. meritorious contribution
  3. ceremony
  4. artist
  5. recipients of the award
  6. fans
  7. rock 'n' roll singer
  8. interests
  9. be given to a civilian
  10. blessed

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
bestowed
interests
legendary
recipients
significant
contribution
known
civilian

The (1) ____________ rock 'n' roll singer Elvis Presley has been posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 41 years after his death. Presley is (2) ____________ as the "King of rock and roll". He was one of seven (3) ____________ of the award. Other recipients included baseball great Babe Ruth and Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is (4) ____________ by the President of the United States and is the highest award that can be given to a (5) ____________. It recognizes those people who have made, "an especially meritorious (6) ____________ to the security or national (7) ____________ of the United States, world peace, cultural or other (8) ____________ public or private endeavors".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sound
passion
icon
solo
ceremony
influential
adoring
nation

Speaking at the awards (9) ____________ on Friday, President Trump said: "America is blessed to have the most skill, (10) ____________ and talent of anywhere on earth. We are truly a great (11) ____________ and we're a nation that is doing really, really well right now." The White House described Elvis as, "an enduring American (12) ____________". It added: "Presley defined American culture to billions of (13) ____________ fans around the world. Fusing gospel, country, and rhythm and blues, the star had created a (14) ____________ all his own." Elvis is one of the most (15) ____________ musicians of the 20th century. He is the best-selling (16) ____________ artist in the history of recorded music. Other musical stars to get the award include Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) rock 'n' roll singer Elvis Presley has been posthumously ______ Presidential Medal
     a.  award it the
     b.  awarded the
     c.  a ward it the
     d.  a war did the
2)  Presley is known as the "King of rock and roll". He was one of ______
     a.  seven receipts
     b.  seven recipients
     c.  seven recipe inns
     d.  seven rest a pints
3) President of the United States and is the highest award that can be given ______
     a.  to a civil inn
     b.  to a civil van
     c.  to a civic van
     d.  to a civilian
4)  made an especially meritorious contribution to the security or ______
     a.  nationally interests
     b.  national interests
     c.  national interest
     d.  nationality interest
5)  world peace, cultural or other significant public or ______
     a.  privately endeavors
     b.  private endeavor
     c.  private endeavors
     d.  privation endeavor

6)  Speaking at the awards ceremony on Friday, President Trump said: "______
     a.  America is blessed
     b.  America is dressed
     c.  America is addressed
     d.  America is gest
7)  have the most skill, passion and talent of ______
     a.  anywhere in earth
     b.  anywhere on earth
     c.  anywhere of earth
     d.  anywhere to earth
8)  The White House described Elvis as, "an enduring ______"
     a.  American icon
     b.  American iron
     c.  American I gone
     d.  American a con
9)  It added: "Presley defined American culture to billions of ______
     a.  adore in fans
     b.  adore ring fans
     c.  a boring fans
     d.  adoring fans
10)  Elvis is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He is the ______
     a.  best-sell in so low artist
     b.  best-selling solo artists
     c.  best-selling so low artists
     d.  best-selling solo artist

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

(1) ___________________ 'n' roll singer Elvis Presley has been posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 41 years (2) ___________________. Presley is known as the "King of rock and roll". He was one of seven (3) ___________________ award. Other recipients included baseball great Babe Ruth and Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia. The Presidential Medal of Freedom (4) ___________________ the President of the United States and is the highest award that can be given to a civilian. It recognizes those people who have made, "(5) ___________________ contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural (6) ___________________ public or private endeavors".

Speaking at the (7) ___________________ Friday, President Trump said: "America is blessed to have the most skill, (8) ___________________ of anywhere on earth. We are truly a great nation and we're a nation that is doing really, really well right now." The White House described Elvis as, "an (9) ___________________". It added: "Presley defined American culture to billions (10) ___________________ around the world. Fusing gospel, country, and rhythm and blues, the star had created a sound all his own." Elvis is one of (11) ___________________ musicians of the 20th century. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. Other musical stars to get (12) ___________________ Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder.

Comprehension questions

  1. How long ago after Elvis Presley died did he get this award?
  2. What is Elvis Presley's nickname?
  3. Who is the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to?
  4. What kind of contribution is required for someone to get the award?
  5. What interests do people need to serve for someone to get the award?
  6. What adjective did Donald Trump use to describe the USA?
  7. How did Donald Trump say America was doing?
  8. What did the White House say Elvis Presley was?
  9. What did Presley do to gospel, country, and rhythm and blues?
  10. How successful a solo recording artist was Elvis Presley?



Multiple choice quiz

1)  How long ago after Elvis Presley died did he get this award?
a) 40 years ago
b) 41 years
c) 42 years ago
d) 39 years ago
2) What is Elvis Presley's nickname?
a) the "Daddy of rock 'n' roll"
b) the "Prince of rock 'n' roll"
c) the "Boss of rock 'n' roll"
d) the "King of rock 'n' roll"
3) Who is the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to?
a) singers
b) celebrities
c) civilians
d) dead people
4) What kind of contribution is required for someone to get the award?
a) a meritorious contribution
b) a healthy contribution
c) a modest contribution
d) a financial contribution
5) What interests do people need to serve for someone to get the award?
a) personal interests
b) U.S. national interests
c) global interests
d) business interests

6) What adjective did Donald Trump use to describe the USA?
a) blessed
b) huge
c) beautiful
d) nice
7) How did Donald Trump say America was doing?
a) hugely
b) wonderfully
c) really, really well
d) OK
8) What did the White House say Elvis Presley was?
a) an enduring icon
b) the best
c) an idol
d) a celebrity
9) What did Presley do to gospel, country, and rhythm and blues?
a) collect it
b) write it
c) criticise it
d) he fused it
10) How successful a solo recording artist was Elvis Presley?
a) the second best
b) quite successful
c) the best-selling in history
d) the USA's most successful singer

Role play

Role  A – Rock 'n' Roll
You think rock 'n' roll is the best music genre. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): classical, jazz or folk.

Role  B – Classical
You think classical is the best music genre. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): rock 'n' roll, jazz or folk.

Role  C – Jazz
You think jazz is the best music genre. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): classical, rock 'n' roll or folk.

Role  D – Folk
You think folk is the best music genre. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): classical, jazz or rock 'n' roll.

After reading / listening

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

'rock'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'roll'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • ceremony
    • skill
    • nation
    • added
    • sound
    • stars
    • legendary
    • known
    • included
    • bestowed
    • highest
    • especially




    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 - Elvis Presley gets Presidential Medal of Freedom

    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 'rock and roll'?
    3. What do you know about Elvis Presley?
    4. What do you think of rock and roll?
    5. Who would you give an award to?
    6. What do you think of the idea of national medals?
    7. Have you ever received an award?
    8. What do you think it's like to be a rock star?
    9. What is the highest award in the world?
    10. What should you get an award for?

    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 'award'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What is the difference between rock and roll, and rock music?
    5. How blessed is your country?
    6. Is the USA a truly great nation?
    7. How has rock 'n' roll changed the world?
    8. Who is the most influential musician ever?
    9. How have your musical tastes changed?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a rock star?

    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 (1) ____ rock 'n' roll singer Elvis Presley has been posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 41 years after his (2) ____. Presley is known as the "King of rock and roll". He was one of seven (3) ____ of the award. Other recipients included baseball great Babe Ruth and Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is bestowed by the President of the United States and is the highest award that can be given to a (4) ____. It recognizes those people who have made, "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests (5) ____ the United States, world peace, cultural or (6) ____ significant public or private endeavors".

    (7) ____ at the awards ceremony on Friday, President Trump said: "America is blessed to have the most skill, passion and talent of anywhere on earth. We are (8) ____ a great nation and we're a nation that is doing really, really well right now." The White House described Elvis as, "an enduring American (9) ____ ". It added: "Presley defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. (10) ____ gospel, country, and rhythm and blues, the star had created a sound all his own." Elvis is one of the most (11) ____ musicians of the 20th century. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. Other (12) ____ stars to get the award include Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     legend     (b)     legendarily     (c)     legends     (d)     legendary    
    2. (a)     die     (b)     deadly     (c)     dead     (d)     death    
    3. (a)     receipts     (b)     recipients     (c)     receives     (d)     receptors    
    4. (a)     civil     (b)     civility     (c)     civilian     (d)     civic    
    5. (a)     by     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    6. (a)     other     (b)     another     (c)     others     (d)     the others    
    7. (a)     Spoken     (b)     Speaking     (c)     Speech     (d)     Speakers    
    8. (a)     truly     (b)     true     (c)     truth     (d)     truism    
    9. (a)     iron     (b)     icon     (c)     acorn     (d)     econ    
    10. (a)     Fission     (b)     Fusion     (c)     Fusing     (d)     Frisking    
    11. (a)     content     (b)     spatial     (c)     influential     (d)     holding    
    12. (a)     musicianship     (b)     musicality     (c)     musician     (d)     musical

    Spelling

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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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    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

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

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the legendary rock 'n' roll singer elvis presley has been posthumously awarded the presidential medal of freedom, 41 years after his death. presley is known as the "king of rock and roll". he was one of seven recipients of the award. other recipients included baseball great babe ruth and supreme court judge antonin scalia. the presidential medal of freedom is bestowed by the president of the united states and is the highest award that can be given to a civilian. it recognizes those people who have made, "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the united states, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".

    speaking at the awards ceremony on friday, president trump said: "america is blessed to have the most skill, passion and talent of anywhere on earth. we are truly a great nation and we're a nation that is doing really, really well right now." the white house described elvis as, "an enduring american icon". it added: "presley defined american culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. fusing gospel, country, and rhythm and blues, the star had created a sound all his own." elvis is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. other musical stars to get the award include aretha franklin, bob dylan and stevie wonder.

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    Thelegendaryrock'n'rollsingerElvisPresleyhasbeenposthumouslyaw
    ardedthePresidentialMedalofFreedom,41yearsafterhisdeath.Presle
    yisknownasthe"Kingofrockandroll".Hewasoneofsevenrecipientsofth
    eaward.OtherrecipientsincludedbaseballgreatBabeRuthandSuprem
    eCourtjudgeAntoninScalia.ThePresidentialMedalofFreedomisbesto
    wedbythePresidentoftheUnitedStatesandisthehighestawardthatcan
    begiventoacivilian.Itrecognizesthosepeoplewhohavemade,"anespe
    ciallymeritoriouscontributiontothesecurityornationalinterestsofthe
    UnitedStates,worldpeace,culturalorothersignificantpublicorprivate
    endeavors".SpeakingattheawardsceremonyonFriday,PresidentTru
    mpsaid:"Americaisblessedtohavethemostskill,passionandtalentofa
    nywhereonearth.Wearetrulyagreatnationandwe'reanationthatisdoi
    ngreally,reallywellrightnow."TheWhiteHousedescribedElvisas,"ane
    nduringAmericanicon".Itadded:"PresleydefinedAmericanculturetob
    illionsofadoringfansaroundtheworld.Fusinggospel,country,andrhyt
    hmandblues,thestarhadcreatedasoundallhisown."Elvisisoneofthem
    ostinfluentialmusiciansofthe20thcentury.Heisthebest-sellingsoloa
    rtistinthehistoryofrecordedmusic.Othermusicalstarstogettheawardi
    ncludeArethaFranklin,BobDylanandStevieWonder.

    Free writing

    Write about Elvis Presley for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Normal, non-famous people deserve awards more than famous stars. 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. ELVIS PRESLEY: Make a poster about Elvis Presley. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. AWARDS: Write a magazine article about giving awards to normal people instead of stars. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    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 Elvis Presley. Ask him/her three questions about him. Give him/her three of your opinions on Elvis. 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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