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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Famous and influential people: Can you spot them?

Level: any level but students need at least a basic knowledge of:
the simple past and prepositions of location (to/on the left of, next to, at the top/bottom (of), behind, under, in front (of), next to, to be in between x and y …)

Materials: Internet connection to project a picture (provided below) + whiteboard +  Projector  + some white sheets + dictionary (depending on level of students) + character answer sheet (provided below).

You may want to cut, paste and print these instructions.

Part A

1. Group students as you think fit (3 or 4 students per group).
Ideally the number of people in each group should be the same as the number of groups.
This is to say, teams of 5 if there are 5 groups.
2. Project the image (underneath) on the white board. Click on it to enlarge.
3. Ask students in each group to identify together as many people as they can and write down their identities on a piece of paper. Set a time limit (about 3 minutes). Minimize the image when the time limit is over.
4. Each group chooses a representative. Give each representative a coloured pen if possible (blue, green, red, black…). Each colour represents a team. If you do not have enough colours, give each a representative a number. Enlarge the image again. Representatives have 1 minute to draw a circle (or write their number) around the people they identified in their group. Only one circle (or number) can be drawn around a person (i.e. two groups cannot identify the same person)
5. Representatives go back to their team.
6. Each team identifies orally the people they identified on the board. If they did not draw anything around the famous person they cannot say they identified them.
i.e. the team who has drawn a circle (or a number) around Audrey Hepburn may say:
“Audrey Hepburn is to the left of the picture, sitting behind a table and a TV set”
The teacher can check whether the answers are correct by either:
a) using the answer sheet provided at the link below.
b) using the online image that allows both to identify a person by hovering over it and to click on the person to see their Wikipedia profile. This picture is larger than a standard whiteboard. The link is provided below as well.
The team with the most correct identities wins part A of the task.

Part B

7. After the teacher has checked the identities, each team writes some sentences about the people they identified. The teacher should monitor and help students. You may want students to have a dictionary.

8. When this is done, the teacher names the people in each group: A, B, C, D… The last letter is the student who was the representative in part A of the game.
Students A move to the next team, clockwise
See picture below to understand the mechanics of the "clockwise" system.
Students A read /or explain (depending on the level of the students) their texts to the next team WITHOUT revealing the identities. The members of the group need to guess the name of the famous people.
Example: Students A tell the members of the next group (as they have moved clockwise)
“This person was a famous actress. She acted in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she was very thin…”
Students A note how many identities the members of the team guessed.
Students A go back to their team.
Students B in each group go to the SECOND team clockwise and read from the same sheet as students A. They note how many right answers this second team had.
Students B go back to their team and give the paper with the score to the student C in their group.
Students C in each group got to the THIRD team clockwise....
Continue until students have read their sentences to all the groups.
The team that has guessed most identities is the winner of part B

Click to enlarge

Mechanics of the "clockwise" system

Click to enlarge

by Chinese Artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An
Useful links:
Click HERE for famous people painting answer sheet
Click HERE for an online picture with links to Wikipedia for each person

Thanks Ingrid for this idea: Check also Ingrid's blog HERE

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