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Decidehowyouaregoingtodisplaytheclipinclass.Possibilitiesinclude:

• Laptopordesktop(goodforsmallgroups)
• Computer,projector+screen
• iPhoneorothermobiledevice(goodforone-to-ones/intimate
classes)

Don’tforgettheloudspeakers

Ifyoudon’thaveInternetaccessinclass,youcoulddownloador‘capture’
thevideofromYouTube.Usewww.savevid.comorasimilarsite.Note,
however,thatindoingso,youwillbebreachingYouTube’sTermsofUse.

Preparation,materialsandequipment

1. Forthisactivity,youwillneedamusicvideofromtheBritishband
Radiohead.ThesongiscalledJustandthevideowasdirectedbyJames
Thraves.Youcanseeitbyclickingonthefollowinglink:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIFLtNYI3Ls&ob=av2e

2. MakeacopyoftheScriptPreparationTask(page7)foreachstudent.

3. MakeacopyoftheScript(pages8and9)foreachstudent.

4. Beforeyourstudents
entertheclassroom,draw
theoutlineofapersonon
thefloor.Todothis,aska
colleaguetotracearound
youwithcrayon,chalkor
stickytapewhileyoulie
onthefloor.Alternatively,
makeapapercut-out:
Tapesheetsofflipchart
papertogether,draw
aroundsomeonelyingon
topofitandcutitout.

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• WhatdoyouknowaboutthestoryoftheGoodSamaritan?
• Hasanyoneeverfoundsomeonelyinginthestreetlikethis?Where,
when,whatdidyoudo?
• Ifyoufoundsomeonelyinginthestreetinyourtown,whatwouldyou
do?
• WhataboutifyoufoundsomeonelyinginthestreetinLondonorNew
York(oranyotherlargeunfamiliarcity)?Woulditbedifferent?Why?
• Wouldyouactdifferentlyifitwasamanorawoman?
• Whatifthepersonwaswell-dressed(wearingasuitandtiefor
example)?

Imagineyoudecidetoapproachthemanlyingonthepavement.What
doyousay?Thinkof6possiblequestionsyoucouldask.

Thinkof6possibleanswersthathecouldgive.

Lessonplan

1. Asstudentsentertheclassroom,noteanyreactionstothefigureonthe
floorbuttrynottogetinvolvedinanydiscussionatthisstage

2. Askeveryonetositaroundthefigure.

3. Askstudentstoofferexplanationsforthepresenceofthefigure.Theymay
suggestthatthepersonisdead.Afterafewsuggestions,tellstudentsthat
thepersonisaliveandconscious(don’tletanyonesteponhim!)

4. Askanyofthefollowingquestionsandaimforaclassdiscussion:

5. Tellstudentsthatthepersononthefloorisawell-dressedman.Remind
themthatheisaliveandconscious.Tellthemthatheisnotlyingonthe
flooroftheclassroom–heislyingonthepavementinastreetinLondon.
Askstudentstosuggestasmanyreasonsaspossibletoexplainwhyheis
inthisstate.Writetheseontheboardmakingcorrectionswhennecessary.

6. Putstudentsintopairsorsmallgroupsandwritethefollowingtaskonthe
boardforthemcomplete:

Helpstudentswiththelanguage(questionsforms,etc)astheycomplete
thetask.

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Questionsfromthescript:

• Areyouokay?/Areyoualright?
• Whathappened?
• Areyouhurt?
• Didyoufall?/Haveyoufallen?
• Haveyoubeendrinking?
• Whyareyoulyinginthemiddleofthepavement?
• What’swrong?
• What’sthematterwithyou?

Answers/responsesfromthescript:

• I’mfine,thanks
• Pleaseleavemealone
• Don’ttouchme!
• Pleasewillyoujustletmeliehere
• Lifeispointless

7. Dividetheboardintotwopartsasshownbelow.

Getfeedbackfromyourstudentsandwriteaselectionofthebest
questionsandanswersontheboard.Makesuggestionsofyourownand
takeadvantageoftheprocesstobringsomeofthelanguagefromthe
Scriptintoplay:

8. Putstudentsintosmallgroups(4ifpossible,3ifnot).Giveoutcopiesof
theScriptPreparationTaskandtheScript.Intheirgroups,askstudents
toworktogethertocompletetheScriptPreparationTask(instructions
areincludedonthesheet).

Offerhelpwithanyunknownlanguage,especiallytheadjectivesthatare
usedinthetask(curious,apologetic,hysterical,etc)

Questions Answers

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9. Findouthowdifferentgroupsdecidedtodeliverthelines(answersare
subjectedandwillvary).Invitestudentstodeliverlinesindifferentways
soundingcurious,apologetic,hysterical,etc.

10. Tellstudentsthattheyaregoingtoactoutthesceneintheirgroups.They
shoulddecidewhoisgoingtoplaythevariousroles.Givestudentsafew
minutestoprepare.

(Notethatforgroupsthatcontain3students,someonewillhavetodouble
upasbothPedestrian2andthePoliceofficer.Alternatively,youthe
teachercanoffertogetinvolved.)

11. Invitestudentstoactoutthescriptinfrontoftheclass.Pedestrian1
shouldstartbytrippingovertheoutlineoftheManonpavement.Getthe
actorwhoisplayingtheManonpavementtositonachairbesidethe
outline(thismeansthatnoonehastolieonthefloor).Pedestrian2and
thePoliceofficershouldstaybackstageuntiltheirmomentsarrive.
Recordperformanceswithvideocamerasifpossible.

12. ShowtheRadioheadmusicvideotoeveryone.Askstudentsiftheycan
guesswhatthepavementmansaysattheend.

Comment

Activitieslikethisdonotrequirethatyouhaveaccesstotechnologyinthe
classroom.Sincetheclipcomesattheveryendofthelessonplan,itcouldbe
emailedtostudentsorputonaclassblog.

Followups

• Askstudentstogoontodiscussionforumsandblogstofindoutthe
varioustheoriesandideasaboutwhatthemansaysattheendofthe
video.

• Studentsmightbe
interestedtoknowthat
producerMarkRonson
didacoverofthe
Radioheadsong.The
video,whichsatirisesthe
streetscene,canbeseen
byclickingonthe
followinglink:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQOILG_nG1k

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Questionforms(seeboxinstep7above)

Negativeauxiliaries(Auxiliary+n’t)
• Ididn’tseeyouthere.
• Ihaven’tbeendrinking.
• Don’ttouchme!
• Hehasn’tfallen.
• Whywon’tyoutellmewhat’swrong?
• Ican’ttellyou.Itwouldn’tberight.

ModalAuxiliaryVerbs
• Youcouldhavebrokenmyneck.
• Hemustbemad
• Whywon’tyoutellmewhat’swrong?
• Look,Ican’ttellyou.Itwouldn’tberight.
• Pleasewillyoujustletmeliehere.

Perfecttenses
• Ihaven’tbeendrinking
• Youcouldhavebrokenmyneck.
• Hashefallen?
• No,hehasn’tfallen.

Let
• Letmehelpyouup.
• Pleasewillyoujustletmeliehere.
• I’mafraidIcan’tletyoudothatsir.

Just
• Justleavemealone.
• Pleasewillyoujustletmeliehere.
• Justtellmewhyyou’relyinghere.

• Anyofthelanguagepointsintheboxbelowcanbestudiedfollowingthis
activity.Chooseanumberofextracts(between6and10forexample)and
dictatethemtoyourstudents.Letthemcomparewhattheyhavewritten
witheachotherandthenreferthembacktothetextsothattheycancheck
theiranswers.

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Scriptpreparationtask

Postmendeliverletters.

Midwivesdeliverbabies.

Actorsdeliverlines.

Beloware6lineswhicharetakenfromtheStreetSceneScript.Findtheminthe
script,identifywhosayswhatandfromthecontext,decidehoweachlineshould
bedelivered.Circletheadjectivesthatyouchoose.

Line

Actor’sdeliveryshouldsound…
Whathappened?Didyoufall?

Apologetic Angry Concerned
Whyareyoulyinginthemiddleofthe
pavement?Youcouldhavebrokenmyneck.

Apologetic Angry Curious
What’sthematterwithhim?Hashefallen?

Curious Angry Hysterical
No,please,allofyou,leavemealone

Curious Calm Hysterical
I’mafraidIcan’tletyoudothatsir.

Apologetic Angry Impatient
Don’ttouchme!

Curious Calm Hysterical
Justtellmewhyyou’relyinghere.Tellme!

Impatient Concerned Calm

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StreetSceneScript

Thefourpeopleinthesceneare:

• Thewell-dressedmanlyingonthepavement
• Pedestrian1
• Pedestrian2
• Apoliceofficer

Pedestrian1iswalkingdownthestreetsomewhereinLondon.Hetripsovera
well-dressedmanlyinginthemiddleofthepavement.Hegetsupandsays:

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Pedestrian1: Jesus.I’msorry.Ididn’tseeyouthere.Areyouokay?

Manonpavement: Yes

Pedestrian1: Whathappened?Didyoufall?

Manonpavement: NoI’mfine.Pleaseleavemealone.

Pedestrian1: You’vebeendrinking.

Manonpavement: Ihaven’tbeendrinking

Pedestrian1: Whyareyoulyinginthemiddleofthepavement?
Youcouldhavebrokenmyneck.

Look…what’swrong?Here,letmehelpyouup.

Manonpavement: No!Don’ttouchme!

Pedestrian2: What’sthematterwithhim?Hashefallen?

Pedestrian1: No,hehasn’tfallen.

Pedestrian2: Ishehurt?

Manonpavement: No,please,allofyou,leavemealone.

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Pedestrian2: Hemustbemad.

Manonpavement: I’mnotmad.Justleavemealone.

Pedestrian1: Whyareyoulyingdown?Whywon’tyoutellme
what’swrong?

Manonpavement: Look,Ican’ttellyou.Itwouldn’tberight.

Pedestrian2: Hemustbemad.Ohlook.Officer!

Policeofficer: Areyoualright?

Manonpavement: I’mfine.Pleasewillyoujustletmeliehere.

Policeofficer: I’mafraidIcan’tletyoudothatsir.

Manonpavement: Don’ttouchme!

Pedestrian1: Justtellmewhyyou’relyinghere.Tellme!

Manonpavement: Youdon’twanttoknow,pleasebelieveme.

Pedestrian1: Youdon’tthinkthere’sanypoint,right?What,that
we’reallgoingtodie?Isthatit?Isthatwhyyou’re
lyinghere?

Manonpavement: No

Policeofficer: Tellus!TellusforChrist’ssake!

Manonpavement: YouwanttoknowwhyI’mlyinghere?

Pedestrian1: Yes!

Manonpavement: Youreallywanttoknow?Yes,I’lltellyouwhyI’m
lyinghere…butGodforgivemeandGodhelpusall…
becauseyoudon’tknowwhatyouaskofme.

Pedestrian1: Tellus!