Answer key: David Bowie: 1947-2016

Lesson Plan: David Bowie: 1947-2016…An Enigma to the End!

Word Inference

  1. collaboration |kəˌlabəˈrāSHən| noun-the action of working with someone to produce or create something: he wrote on art and architecture in collaboration with John Betjeman.
  2. enigmatic  |ˌenigˈmatik| adjective-difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious: he took the money with an enigmatic smile.
  3. traverse |trəˈvərs| verb-travel across or through: he traversed the forest.
  4. anthem  |ˈanTHəm| noun-a rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause: the song became the anthem for hippie activists.
  5. emulate |ˈemyəˌlāt| verb -match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation: lesser men trying to emulate his greatness.
  6. morph |môrf|-verb-change smoothly from one image to another by small gradual steps using computer animation techniques: [ with obj. ] : 3-D objects can be morphed into other objects.
  7. empathy  |ˈempəTHē|-noun-the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
  8. idols |ˈīdl|-noun-a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered:
  9. relentless  |riˈlentləs| adjective-oppressively constant; incessant: the relentless heat of the desert.
  10. pioneer  |ˌpīəˈnir| noun-a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. F- David Bowie died at age 69.
  2. T- Mr. Bowie had been treated for cancer for the last 18 months.
  3. F- His last album, Blackstar,  was a collaboration with a jazz quartet.
  4. F- Lazarus  was an  off Broadway musical.
  5. T- Bowie is to be honored with a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 31.
  6. NA-David had 5 children total.
  7. T-Mr. Bowie’s costumes and imagery traversed styles, eras and continents.
  8. T-Mr. Bowie produced albums and wrote songs for some of his idols
  9. F-Mr. Bowie was married for more than 20 years to the model Iman.
  10. T-David Robert Jones is Bowie’s real name.

Grammar Focus: Prepositions

He became a lasting influence on Mr. Bowie, focusing his interest in movement. He moved to the United States in 1974. For a far-reaching change of environment, and to get away from drugs, Mr. Bowie moved in 1976 to Switzerland. Working with Mr. Eno and Mr. Bowie’s collaborator over decades, was the producer Tony Visconti. The Next Day, released in 2013, returned to something like the glam-rock sound of his 1970s guitar bands.