Elvis

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ELVIS PRESLEY
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I) ANTICIPATION > Activités de pré−visionnage: "It is hard to believe that it has been almost a quarter of a century since the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, died at the age of 42. On August 16, a celebration of his life and music is scheduled at Elvis’mansion, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee. But Tupelo, Mississippi is another southern American city remembering the late singer. Margaret Kennedy tells us about the places and people close to Elvis. " 1) What do you know about Elvis Presley? Do you know any songs by Elvis Presley? 2) How old was he when he died? 3) Why was August, 16th 2002 important? 4) Who is Margaret Kennedy? What towns did shevisit?

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Who are they? Associer les photos aux noms: James Ausborn: Elvis' boyhood friend − Reverend Frank Smith: Minister at Elvis' church − Suzanne Boone: Works with the redevelopment groupplanning a new center in Tupelo − George Booth: Works at Tupelo Hardware Store − − Jack Curtis: One of the two Elvis impersonators in Tupelo − Wayne Hereford: Sings in a group called "The Lane Chapel Quarter"

II) COMPREHENSION ECRITE >> SCRIPT: Elvis is having a longer career in death than he had in life. He still draws a crowd. Each year 600,000 people come to his house, Graceland. Some areloyal fans, others are just curious. They come to see the furniture, the things Elvis owned, everything that is Elvis. This is where he lived and died. Graceland is the cornerstone of tourism in Memphis. But there’s another house, in another place: Tupelo, Mississippi. Elvis was born in the front room in 1935 and grew up the only child of Vernon and Gladys Presley. The family had constant moneytroubles and moved to Memphis when Elvis was 13. But Elvis visited Tupelo often. He gave the town the money to buy back the house to build a park. Improvements are still underway with public and private money, like a new statue. Reverend Frank Smith was the minister at Elvis’ church. Reverend Frank taught him one of the first songs Elvis would sing. Elvis got his first guitar at the Tupelo HardwareStore. George Booth says his father was running the place then. It hasn’t changed much, even though newer, much bigger hardware stores have come to town. “We’re standing in front of the sales counter where Elvis and his mom, Gladys, shopped for a birthday present for Elvis when he was ten years old,” says Mr. Booth. “They ended up buying a guitar, but Elvis came in thinking about a bicycle or arifle.” The salesman, Forrest Bobo, years later documented his pivotal role in Elvis’ career. “Mr. Bobo wrote this letter, and in it he says that the guitar cost $7.75, Elvis Elvis is having a longer career in death than he had in life. He still draws a crowd. Each year 600,000 people come to his house, Graceland. Some are loyal fans, others are just curious. They come to see the furniture, the thingsElvis owned, everything that is Elvis. This is where he lived and died. Graceland is the cornerstone of tourism in Memphis. But there’s another house, in another place: Tupelo, Mississippi. Elvis was born in the front room in 1935 and grew up the only child of Vernon and Gladys Presley. The family had constant money troubles and moved to Memphis when Elvis was 13. But Elvis visited Tupelo often.He gave the town the money to buy back the house to build a park. Improvements are still underway with public and private money, like a new statue. Reverend Frank Smith was the minister at Elvis’ church. Reverend Frank taught him one of the first songs Elvis would sing. Elvis got his first guitar at the Tupelo Hardware Store. George Booth says his father was running the place then. It hasn’t...
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