‘Hairspray’ musical lesson plan – 2/4

This is the second part of a lesson plan based on some songs from Hairspray. It’s not about any specific grammar point, it focuses on speaking and listening skills.

Yes, the woman in blue is John Travolta.

Yes, the woman in blue is John Travolta.

2. Run and Tell That (15 min)

a) Watch the video paying attention to the dialogues and the lyrics of the song.

– What is this clip about?
– What’s the issue they are referring to in the song?
– What do you know about the relationship between black and white people through history?
– What double comparisons related to food do they use in the song to say being black is cool?

b) Match these words from the clip with their definition.

Definitions from Oxford Dictionaries
  1. hip
  2. bold
  3. vanilla
  4. pride
  5. rejoice
  6. soar
  1. consciousness of one’s own dignity
  2. feel or show great joy or delight
  3. fly or rise high in the air
  4. having no special or extra features; ordinary or standard
  5. showing a willingness to take risks; confident and courageous
  6. very fashionable

Teacher’s notes

a) Double comparatives in a

The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice.
The darker the chocolate, the richer the taste.

b) Answers to part b

1-f, 2-e, 3-d, 4-a, 5-b, 6-c.


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