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THE DIDGERIDOO

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    THE DIDGERIDOO

    Module G

    i.

    The didgeridoo is one of the oldest musical instruments being played today. The Aborigine people, the original population of Australia, have played and sung to the didgeridoo for at least 20,000 years. The Aborigines’ ancient songs and dances were, and

    still are, a very important part of their culture. Usually only men play the didgeridoo, although there are no laws that say women cannot. Since the Aborigine community is made up of different family groups, customs concerning the didgeridoo differ depending on the group. In some groups, women are not even allowed to touch the instrument; in others, women make and play them for tourists.

    ii.

    The didgeridoo is a wind instrument. It is between four and five feet long and usually made from hollow Eucalyptus tree branches. The player blows gently into one end of the instrument while resting the other end on the ground. The length of the didgeridoo causes the sound to be amplified, resulting in a loud humming noise. An experienced player can change the shape of his mouth while he is blowing and make many different sounds. Many of these sounds imitate those heard in nature, such as the calls made by an owl, a kangaroo, or the Australian kookaburra bird.

    iii.[

    Traditional didgeridoos are still made the say way they were over 20,000 years ago. Termites, which live in the Eucalyptus trees, hollow out branches as they eat the wood. The didgeridoo-maker chooses and cuts the most suitable branches. He soaks the wood in water for a few days and then cleans out the termites with a stick or hot coals. He then peels off the bark and fills in any holes or cracks in the wood with beeswax. Finally, he attaches a mouthpiece of hardened wax or gum. The finished instrument is usually decorated with paintings, carvings or patterns burnt into the wood. Then it is ready to play.

    iv.

    Although the didgeridoo is an ancient instrument, originally found only in Australia, today didgeridoos can be seen all over the world. They may be heard in the Australian concert hall or on a London street corner. Many didgeridoos are still made in the traditional way with the help of termites, but modern materials may also be used. If you want to buy a didgeridoo, you could go to Australia and buy it from an Aborigine. ……………………..*, you

    could choose one from an Internet web site. You could learn to play it from a didgeridoo master, or you could buy a video cassette and learn that way. You could even learn through lessons on the Internet. Playing the didgeridoo may be a 20,000-year-old Aboriginal art, but today, this part of the ancient world is available to anyone with a computer and Internet.

    ? Phyllis Oded

     Full name: class: date:

    QUESTIONS by Phyllis Oded and Michal Alexandroni

    THE DIDGERIDOO

    1. According to paragraph i, didgeridoos are almost always played by men. a. Why do you think that might be? _________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    b. Name one activity in your own culture that is done only by men or only by

    women. ____________________________________________________

    2. The Aborigines in Australia still play the didgeridoo today. What two purposes of

    playing it are mentioned in paragraph i?

    a. They _____________________________________________________ b. They _____________________________________________________

3. Based on paragraph ii, what information is NOT true about the didgeridoo? Circle

    the THREE incorrect answers.

    a. It’s blown into in order to produce a sound.

    b. It has to be as tall as the person who is playing it.

    c. The longer it is, the louder its sound.

    d. More than one sound can be produced on it.

    e. The animal sounds produced on the didgeridoo are done in order to get this

    animal to come closer.

    f. Only hollow Eucalyptus branches are used in making didgeridoos.

    4. What purpose do the paintings or carvings on the didgeridoos serve?

    ____________________________________________________________

    5. According to paragraph iii, how long does a didgeridoo take to make?

    a. at least a week b. a few days c. over a month d. The article doesn’t say.

6. Where might didgeridoos be played today?

     a. ____________________________________________________________

    b. ____________________________________________________________ c. _________________________________________________________

    7. Fill in ONE or TWO words in each space, based on the information in the last

    paragraph.

    Despite [1] __________________ an ancient Australian instrument, the didgeridoo

    can [2] ___________________ anywhere in the world.

    8. Which word can be used to fill in the gap in the last paragraph?

    a. However, b. Alternatively, c. Therefore, d. Fortunately,

    ? Phyllis Oded

     Full name: class: date:

    THE DIDGERIDOO

    i.

    The didgeridoo is one of the oldest musical instruments being played today. The Aborigine people, the original population of Australia, have played and sung to the didgeridoo for at least 20,000 years. The Aborigines’ ancient songs and dances were, and still are, a very important part of their culture. Usually only men play the didgeridoo, although there are no laws that say women cannot. Since the Aborigine community is made up of different family groups, customs concerning the didgeridoo differ depending on the group. In some groups, women are not even allowed to touch the instrument; in others, women make and play them for tourists.

    ii.

    The didgeridoo is a wind instrument. It is between four and five feet long and usually made from hollow Eucalyptus tree branches. The player blows gently into one end of the instrument while resting the other end on the ground. The length of the didgeridoo causes the sound to be amplified, resulting in a loud humming noise. An experienced player can change the shape of his mouth while he is blowing and make many different sounds. Many of these sounds imitate those heard in nature, such as the calls made by an owl, a kangaroo, or the Australian kookaburra bird.

    iii.

    Traditional didgeridoos are still made the say way they were over 20,000 years ago. Termites, which live in the Eucalyptus trees, hollow out branches as they eat the wood. The didgeridoo-maker chooses and cuts the most suitable branches. He soaks the wood in water for a few days and then cleans out the termites with a stick or hot coals. He then peels off the bark and fills in any holes or cracks in the wood with beeswax. Finally, he attaches a mouthpiece of hardened wax or gum. The finished instrument is usually decorated with paintings, carvings or patterns burnt into the wood. Then it is ready to play.

    iv.

    Although the didgeridoo is an ancient instrument, originally found only in Australia, today didgeridoos can be seen all over the world. They may be heard in the Australian concert hall or on a London street corner. Many didgeridoos are still made in the traditional way with the help of termites, but modern materials may also be used. If you want to buy a didgeridoo, you could go to Australia and buy it from an Aborigine. Alternatively, you could choose one from an Internet web site. You could learn to play it from a didgeridoo master, or you could buy a video cassette and learn that way. You could even learn through lessons on the Internet. Playing the didgeridoo may be a 20,000-year-old Aboriginal art, but today, this part of the ancient world is available to anyone with a computer and Internet.

    ? Phyllis Oded

     Full name: class: date:

    QUESTIONS THE DIDGERIDOO

    1. According to paragraph I, didgeridoos are almost always played by men. c. Why do you think that might be?

    ___________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    d. Name one activity in your own culture that is done only by men or only by

    women.

    ____________________________________________________________

    2. Based on paragraph ii, what information is NOT true about the didgeridoo? Circle

    the THREE incorrect answers.

    g. It’s blown into in order to produce a sound.

    h. It has to be as tall as the person who is playing it.

    i. The longer it is, the louder its sound.

    j. More than one sound can be produced on it.

    k. The animal sounds produced on the didgeridoo are done in order to get this

    animal to come closer.

    l. Only hollow Eucalyptus branches are used in making didgeridoos.

    3. What purpose do the paintings or carvings on the didgeridoos serve?

    ____________________________________________________________

    4. According to paragraph iii, how long does a didgeridoo take to make?

    a. at least a week b. a few days c. over a month d. The article doesn’t say.

5. Where might didgeridoos be played today?

    ______________________________

    Which paragraph gives you the answer? _____

    6. Below are the instructions on how to make a didgeridoo. Number the steps in the

    correct order.

    [ ] Attach a mouthpiece made of hardened gum or beeswax.

    [ ] Decorate the instrument with paintings, carvings or patterns burnt into the wood.

    [ ] Find a piece of wood of the correct length that has been hollowed by termites.

     [ ] Peel off the bark.

     [ ] Soak the wood in water for several days.

    [ ] Fill in any holes with beeswax.

     [ ] Poke out the termites and their remains with a stick or hot coals. 7. Fill in the missing information about the didgeridoo below, based on paragraph iv.

    TOPIC TRADITION MODERN

    Where can it be found? Australia

    Where can it be bought?

    ? Phyllis Oded

     Full name: class: date:

    Where can one learn to play Buy a video cassette or

    it? learn through the Internet

     THE DIDGERIDOO

    i.

    The didgeridoo is one of the oldest musical instruments being played today. The Aborigine people, the original population of Australia, have played and sung to the didgeridoo for at least 20,000 years. The Aborigines’ ancient songs and dances were, and still are, a very important part of their culture. Usually only men play the didgeridoo, although there are no laws that say women cannot. Since the Aborigine community is made up of different family groups, customs concerning the didgeridoo differ depending on the group. In some groups, women are not even allowed to touch the instrument; in others, women make and play them for tourists.

    ii.

    The didgeridoo is a wind instrument. It is between four and five feet long and usually made from hollow Eucalyptus tree branches. The player blows gently into one end of the instrument while resting the other end on the ground. The length of the didgeridoo causes the sound to be amplified, resulting in a loud humming noise. An experienced player can change the shape of his mouth while he is blowing and make many different sounds. Many of these sounds imitate those heard in nature, such as the calls made by an owl, a kangaroo, or the Australian kookaburra bird.

    iii.[

    Traditional didgeridoos are still made the say way they were over 20,000 years ago. Termites, which live in the Eucalyptus trees, hollow out branches as they eat the wood. The didgeridoo-maker chooses and cuts the most suitable branches. He soaks the wood in water for a few days and then cleans out the termites with a stick or hot coals. He then peels off the bark and fills in any holes or cracks in the wood with beeswax. Finally, he attaches a mouthpiece of hardened wax or gum. The finished instrument is usually decorated with paintings, carvings or patterns burnt into the wood. Then it is ready to play.

    iv.

    Although the didgeridoo is an ancient instrument, originally found only in Australia, today didgeridoos can be seen all over the world. They may be heard in the Australian concert hall or on a London street corner. Many didgeridoos are still made in the traditional way with the help of termites, but modern materials may also be used. If you want to buy a didgeridoo, you could go to Australia and buy it from an Aborigine. ……………………..*, you

    could choose one from an Internet web site. You could learn to play it from a didgeridoo master, or you could buy a video cassette and learn that way. You could even learn through lessons on the Internet. Playing the didgeridoo may be a 20,000-year-old Aboriginal art, but today, this part of the ancient world is available to anyone with a computer and Internet.

    ? Phyllis Oded

     Full name: class: date:

    THE DIDGERIDOO

    by Phyllis Oded and Michal Alexandroni

    QUESTIONS [Mock Module F 60 points]

    1. According to paragraph i, didgeridoos are almost always played by men.

    Why do you think that might be? _____________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    [8 points]

    2. The Aborigines in Australia still play the didgeridoo today. What two purposes of

    playing it are mentioned in the first paragraph ?

    a. They

    _______________________________________________________

    b. They

    _______________________________________________________

    [10 points]

    3. Based on paragraph ii, what information is NOT true about the didgeridoo?

     Circle the TWO incorrect answers.

    a. It’s blown into in order to produce a sound.

    b. It has to be as tall as the person who is playing it.

    c. The longer the didgeridoo is, the louder its sound.

    d. More than one sound can be produced on it.

    e. The animal sounds produced on the didgeridoo are done in order to get this

     animal to come closer.

    f. Only hollow Eucalyptus branches are used in making didgeridoos.

    [10 points]

    4. What purpose do the paintings or carvings on the didgeridoos serve?

    ____________________________________________________________

    [8 points]

    5. According to paragraph iii, how long does a didgeridoo take to make?

    a. at least a week b. a few days c. over a month d. The article doesn’t say.

    [4 points]

    6. Which word can be used to fill in the gap in the last paragraph?

    a. However, b. Alternatively, c. Therefore, d. Fortunately,

     [5 points]

    7. Fill in the missing information about the didgeridoo below, based on paragraph iv.

    THE DIDGERIDOO TRADITIONAL PLACE ALTERNATIVE POSSIBILITY

    Where can it be found? Australia

    Where can it be bought?

    Where can one learn to play Buy a video cassette or

    the didgeridoo? learn through the Internet

    ? Phyllis Oded

     Full name: class: date:

    [15 points]

    THE DIDGERIDOO

    1. According to paragraph i, didgeridoos are almost always played by men. Answer key

    Why do you think that might be? Tradition dictates it. Men are more talented!/

    There are laws that forbid women to do it.

    [8 points]

    2. The Aborigines in Australia still play the didgeridoo today. What two purposes of

    playing it are mentioned in the first paragraph ?

    a. They play it as part of their culture.

    b. They play [are played] for tourists

    [10 points]

    3. Based on paragraph ii, what information is NOT true about the didgeridoo?

     Circle the TWO incorrect answers.

     b. It has to be as tall as the person who is playing it.

     e. The animal sounds produced on the didgeridoo are done in order to get this

     animal to come closer.

     [10 points]

    4. What purpose do the paintings or carvings on the didgeridoos serve?

    Decoration/ Decorating the didgeridoo

    [8 points]

    5. According to paragraph iii, how long does a didgeridoo take to make?

    d. The article doesn’t say.

    [4 points]

    6. Which word can be used to fill in the gap in the last paragraph?

    b. Alternatively,

    [5 points]

    7. Fill in the missing information about the didgeridoo below, based on paragraph iv.

    THE DIDGERIDOO TRADITIONAL PLACE ALTERNATIVE POSSIBILITY

    Where can it be found? Australia all over the world/on a London

    street corner.

    Where can it be bought? Australia/from an Aborigine on an Internet web site

    Where can one learn to play it? from a didgeridoo master buy a video cassette or learn

    through the Internet

    [15 points]

    ? Phyllis Oded