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Hollywood directors in race row

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    Contents

    The Article 2

    -Warmups 3 Before Reading / Listening 4 While Reading / Listening 5 Listening Gap Fill 6 After Reading / Listening 7 Student Survey 8 Discussion 9 Language Work 10 Writing 11 Homework 12 Answers 13

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THE ARTICLE

    Two of Hollywood‟s top producers are in the middle of a race row that has

    involved them trading insults. Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood have

    exchanged words over what Lee described as an absence of black soldiers

    in two World War II movies directed by Eastwood. Lee, a student of

    history, criticized Eastwood‟s films about the American invasion of the

    Japanese island of Iwo Jima. He said it was sad that so many black

    American soldiers gave their lives in the invasion and that there was not

    one black face in either of the films. Thomas McPhatter, a black US

    marine involved in the attack, agreed with Lee. He said: "Of all the

    movies that have been made of Iwo Jima, you never see a black face. This is the last straw….I've been insulted….We still have a strong

    underlying force in my country of rabid racism." The war of words started after comments Eastwood made in an interview

    in Britain‟s „Guardian‟ newspaper. He took offence at Lee‟s criticism that

    his movies were for “whites only” and said Lee should “shut his face”. In

    reply, Lee reminded Eastwood that slavery had ended, saying: "First of

    all, the man is not my father and we're not on a plantation either.…He

    sounds like an angry old man right there." Lee also attacked the American

    movie industry: “I know the history of Hollywood and its omission of the

    one million African-American men and women who contributed to the

    second world war. Not everything was John Wayne, baby," he said. Eastwood mocked Lee in the same interview by joking that in his new

    movie about South Africa, he was “not going to make Nelson Mandela a

    white guy”.

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WARM-UPS

    1. HOLLYWOOD: Walk around the class and talk to other students about Hollywood.

    Change partners often. After you finish, sit with your partner(s) and share your findings.

    2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words from the article are

    most interesting and which are most boring.

     race / rows / trading insults / invasions / the last straw / being insulted / racism /

    criticism / taking offence / slavery / angry old men / American movie industry Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

    3. EXCHANGING WORDS: Do you ever argue with people? With your

    partner(s), discuss what you do / could argue about with the people below. Write your ideas

    in the table. Change partners and share your ideas. Role play some of the arguments.

    Argue with… I do I could Is it worth it?

    parents best friend neighbours sales assistants car drivers commuters 4. ROWS: Is it good to row? Rank these topics: 10 = definitely worth having a row

    about; 1 = this is totally pointless rowing about. Share and discuss your rankings with your

    class.

    _____ money _____ religion _____ the TV remote control _____ English grammar _____ politics _____ sport _____ driving _____ nothing _____ housework _____ other ________________________

    5. HEADLINE PREDICTION: With your partner(s), use the words in the “Chat” activity above to predict what the news article will be about. Once you have your story,

    change partners and share them. Who was closest to the real story?

    6. RACISM: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate

    with the word „racism‟. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them.

    Together, put the words into different categories.

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BEFORE READING / LISTENING

    1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article‟s headline and guess whether these sentences

    are true (T) or false (F):

    a. T / F Hollywood producers are arguing over the 100 metres at the Olympics. b. T / F Two top producers have given each other gift-wrapped words. c. T / F A history student accused a movie director of ignoring black soldiers. d. T / F A US marine went to the movies but someone had taken the last straw. e. T / F The director Clint Eastwood makes movies only for white audiences. f. T / F Spike Lee compared a comment Eastwood made to the days of slavery. g. T / F Lee said Hollywood forgets about the million black people in WWII. h. T / F Eastwood joked that in his next movie, Nelson Mandela would be white. 2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article:

    1. row a. exchanging 2 trading b. teased 3. absence c. remarks 4. the last straw d. gave

    5. rabid e. argument 6. comments f. be quiet 7. shut his face g. exclusion 8. omission h. lack

    9. contributed i. the limit 10. mocked j. extreme 3. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes more

    than one combination is possible):

    1. in the middle of a a. American movie industry 2 exchanged b. their lives in the invasion 3. many black American soldiers gave c. of words 4. This is the last d. race row 5. a strong underlying e. slavery had ended 6. The war f. straw 7. He took offence g. force 8. Lee reminded Eastwood that h. words 9. Lee also attacked the i. in the same interview 10. Eastwood mocked Lee j. at Lee‟s criticism

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WHILE READING / LISTENING

    GAP FILL: Put the words into the gaps in the text.

     Two of Hollywood‟s top producers are in the __________ of a race row that has involved them trading __________. Spike insulted Lee and Clint Eastwood have exchanged words over what Lee insults described as an __________ of black soldiers in two World War

    either II movies directed by Eastwood. Lee, a student of history,

    criticized Eastwood‟s films about the American __________ of middle the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. He said it was sad that so

    invasion many black American soldiers gave their lives in the invasion

    and that there was not one black face in __________ of the racism films. Thomas McPhatter, a black US marine __________ in the

    absence attack, agreed with Lee. He said: "Of all the movies that have

    been made of Iwo Jima, you never see a black face. This is the involved last straw….I've been __________ ….We still have a strong underlying force in my country of rabid __________."

     The war of words started after __________ Eastwood made in

    an interview in Britain‟s „Guardian‟ newspaper. He took omission __________ at Lee‟s criticism that his movies were for “whites slavery only” and said Lee should “shut his face”. In reply, Lee

    offence __________ Eastwood that __________ had ended, saying:

    "First of all, the man is not my father and we're not on a reminded plantation either.…He sounds like an angry old man right

    mocked there." Lee also __________ the American movie industry: “I

    know the history of Hollywood and its __________ of the one attacked million African-American men and women who __________ to

    comments the second world war. Not everything was John Wayne, baby,"

    he said. Eastwood __________ Lee in the same interview by contributed joking that in his new movie about South Africa, he was “not

    going to make Nelson Mandela a white guy”.

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    LISTENING: Listen and fill in the spaces. Two of Hollywood‟s top producers _____________________ a race row that

    has involved ________________ Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood have

    exchanged words over what Lee described ________________ black

    soldiers in two World War II movies directed by Eastwood. Lee, a student of

    history, criticized Eastwood‟s films about the American invasion of the

    Japanese island of Iwo Jima. He ________________ so many black

    American soldiers gave their lives in the invasion and that there was not one

    black face ________________ films. Thomas McPhatter, a black US marine

    involved in the attack, agreed with Lee. He said: "Of all the movies that have

    been made of Iwo Jima, you never see a black face. ________________

    straw….I've been insulted….We ________________ underlying force in my

    country of rabid racism."

    ________________ started after comments Eastwood made in an interview

    in Britain‟s „Guardian‟ newspaper. He ________________ Lee‟s criticism that

    his movies were for “whites only” and said Lee should “shut his face”. In

    reply, Lee reminded Eastwood that slavery had ended, saying:

    "________________, the man is not my father and we're not on a

    plantation either.…He sounds like an angry old man right there." Lee also

    attacked the American movie industry: “I know the history of Hollywood

    __________________ one million African-American men and women who

    contributed to the second world war. Not everything was John Wayne,

    baby," he said. Eastwood mocked Lee ___________________ by joking that

    in his new movie about South Africa, he was “not going to make Nelson

    Mandela a white guy”.

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AFTER READING / LISTENING

    1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionaries / computer to find

    collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words „race‟

    and „row‟.

    race row

    ? 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:

    ? middle ? comments

    ? exchanged ? shut

    ? sad ? angry

    ? either ? million

    ? straw ? baby

    ? force ? joking

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STUDENT RACISM SURVEY

    Write five GOOD questions about racism 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.

     STUDENT 1 STUDENT 2 STUDENT 3

    _____________ _____________ _____________

     Q.1.

     Q.2.

     Q.3.

     Q.4.

     Q.5.

    ? Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found

    out. Change partners often.

    ? Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

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ARGUMENTS DISCUSSION

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

    a) What did you think when you read the headline?

    b) What springs to mind when you hear the term „race row‟? c) What do you think of top Hollywood directors trading insults in public? d) Why do you think there are no black faces in Clint Eastwood‟s war

    movies?

    e) What do you know about the American invasion of Iwo Jima? f) Do you think Spike Lee is correct to attack Clint Eastwood? g) Do you think Hollywood is racist because it so often “forgets” to put

    black soldiers in its war movies?

    h) What do you know about Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood? i) When was the last time you felt insulted?

    j) When was the last time you exchanged words with someone?

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

    a) Did you like reading this article?

    b) When was the last time you took offence at something someone said? c) What do you think of Eastwood for telling Spike Lee to “shut his face”? d) Do you think Spike Lee has a point in comparing Eastwood‟s comments

    to the days of slavery?

    e) Do you think Hollywood is still an industry dominated by white people? f) What did Spike Lee mean when he said, “Not everything was John

    Wayne, baby”?

    g) Do you think Hollywood is a force for good when it comes to race

    relations?

    h) Do you think the two producers should apologize to each other in

    public?

    i) What questions would you like to ask Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood? j) Did you like this discussion on the Hollywood producers?

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LANGUAGE

    Two of Hollywood‟s top producers are in the (1) ____ of a race row that has

    involved them trading insults. Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood have exchanged words

    (2) ____ what Lee described as an absence of black soldiers in two World War II

    movies directed by Eastwood. Lee, a student of history, criticized Eastwood‟s films

    about the American invasion (3) ____ the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. He said it

    was sad that so many black American soldiers gave their (4) ____ in the invasion

    and that there was not one black face in either of the films. Thomas McPhatter, a

    black US marine (5) ____ in the attack, agreed with Lee. He said: "Of all the

    movies that have been made of Iwo Jima, you never see a black face. This is the

    last straw….I've been insulted….We still have a strong underlying (6) ____ in my country of rabid racism."

    The war of (7) ____ started after comments Eastwood made in an interview in

    Britain‟s „Guardian‟ newspaper. He took offence at Lee‟s criticism that his movies

    were for “whites only” and said Lee should “shut his face”. In (8) ____, Lee reminded Eastwood that slavery had ended, saying: "First of (9) ____, the man is

    not my father and we're not on a plantation either.…He sounds like an angry old man right there." Lee also attacked the American movie industry: “I know the

    history of Hollywood and its (10) ____ of the one million African-American men and

    women who contributed to the second world war. Not (11) ____ was John Wayne,

    baby," he said. Eastwood (12) ____ Lee in the same interview by joking that in his

    new movie about South Africa, he was “not going to make Nelson Mandela a white

    guy”.

    Put the correct words from the table below in the above article.

    1. (a) end (b) beginning (c) muddle (d) middle 2. (a) out (b) over (c) under (d) on 3. (a) of (b) for (c) with (d) by 4. (a) livelihoods (b) living (c) lives (d) life stories 5. (a) involving (b) involvement (c) involved (d) involves 6. (a) farce (b) force (c) fierce (d) face 7. (a) words (b) word (c) wording (d) wordy 8. (a) replays (b) replay (c) replied (d) reply 9. (a) whole (b) all (c) everything (d) lot 10. (a) emit (b) emission (c) omit (d) omission 11. (a) whole (b) all (c) everything (d) lot 12. (a) mocked (b) smacked (c) smoked (d) mucked

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