‘Hairspray’ musical lesson plan – 3/4

This is the third 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 and paying attention to details.

Yes, the woman in blue is John Travolta.

Yes, the woman in blue is John Travolta.

3. I Can Hear the Bells (20 min)

a) Write ten sentences about things Tracy does in the video. Your sentences should contain an action and a place, e. g. Tracy sings in the corridor.

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

Definition from Oxford Dictionaries
  1. chime
  2. nudge
  3. joy
  4. primp
  5. bridesmaid
  6. reminisce
  1. (of a bell or clock) make melodious ringing sounds, typically to indicate the time
  2. a feeling of great pleasure and happiness
  3. a girl or woman, usually one of several, who accompanies a bride on her wedding day
  4. indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events
  5. prod (someone) gently with one’s elbow in order to attract attention
  6. spend time making minor adjustments to one’s hair, make-up, or clothes

4. The New Girl in Town (15 min)

c) Answer these questions about the video. Read all the questions before watching the video because the answers won’t show in order.

  1. Describe the picture behind the three black singers.
  2. What colour is Penny’s lollipop?
  3. What does the man with a sheet of paper say to Tracy?
  4. What happens to the new girl at the end?
  5. What two characters meet for the first time in the video?
  6. What vehicle is mentioned twice in the song?
  7. What’s in the box the man offers in the shop?
  8. What’s the third name on the board of ‘Miss Teenage Hairspray’ competition?

Teacher’s notes

a) Suggested sentences for part a

– She looks at Link in the corridor.
– She walks along the corridor.
– She pushes two girls in the corridor.
– She throws a boy against the lockers in the corridor.
– She walks into the teachers’ room.
– She takes some food from a teacher in the teachers’ room.
– She gets her temperature checked in the nursery.
– She kisses a picture of Link in her locker.
– She sings to her driving instructor in the car.
– She plays the triangle in the orchestra.
– She gets hit by a basketball in the gym.
– She dresses up as a bride with toilet paper in the toilets.
– She spies the boys when they comb their hair in the toilets.
– She turns the corner in the corridor.
– She walks into the classroom.
– She watches Link from the window.
– She sits at her desk.

b) Answers to part b

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

c) Answers to questions in c

  1. There’s a pink car and a black couple at each side of it. There’s a city in the background and negro day is written in capital letters in a corner.
  2. It’s red.
  3. Tracy, wait up!
  4. She’s run over by the van.
  5. Penny (white blonde girl) and Seaweed (black boy).
  6. A van.
  7. A Tracy wig.
  8. Shelley.
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