Oct 20, 2012

Hairspray: Used to

This musical is not shallow at all. There are many messages on racism, social discrimination, looks dictatorship, and segregation. Moreover, it is great, the music is fun, and it is a huge source for activities. John Travolta's role as the fat mother is unforgettable. I used this one to practice USED TO.


I. Watch the movie segment and make a list of 6 things that USED TO BE DIFFERENT in the 60s in the city of Baltimore, USA, according to the segment. Don't repeat the verbs you have already used. Observe these items:


CLOTHES - MUSIC - HAIRSTYLES - TV PROGRAMS - MAKEUP -
DAILY ACTIVITIES - CARS - CITY STREETS - STORES


Ex: Teens used to use hair spray before going to school.


1. ..........................................................

2. .........................................................

3. .........................................................

4. .........................................................

5. .........................................................

6. .........................................................


II. Work in pairs:


1. How different did teens' lives use to be when compared to nowadays? Mention at least 5 things.

2. What are some things that teens used to do before going to school in the 60s that you also do nowadays?

3. Compare your typical morning to Tracy's.

4. Have you ever woken up as happy as Tracy did that morning? What do you do when that happens?



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MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - HAIRSPRAY



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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The example you mentioned "They used to hair spray.." is not correct as hair spray is a noun not a verb. It should be "They used to USE hair spray"

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks for warning me about the typo. See you.

Sílvia Garriga said...

Claudio, I think your example is perfectly correct. You can use a noun as a verb, it's like saying "They used to spray (V) their hair ..."
The same happens with GOOGLE, it's a noun, but you can use it as a verb: google something (i.e. use Google to search for something on the internet)

Claudio Azevedo said...

I know, Silvia, thanks. I decided to change it to prevent misunderstandings. My whole American family says to hair spray, but I changed the item anyway not to make it more difficult for the students. Thanks.