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February 09, 2014

50th Anniversary Of The Beatles

It's quite rare for young people to take notice of the 50th anniversary of anything, let alone the debut of a musical group. But, love them or hate them, the Beatles are not your usual...

...musical group.

They changed the social and cultural fabric more than anyone, particularly themselves ever could have imagined.

Even if you are not familiar with their music, here are some links and resources that will help you understand (or remember) what all the fuss was about.

The Beatles were controversial (and astoundingly popular) at different places and different times.

In the Soviet Union for example, The Beatles were absolutely banned as a manifestation of 'Western degenerate' culture and art.
But even with bootlegged tapes smuggled in, The Beatles had a major impact on that closed society. Here's a book review that explores this rarely heard story - http://www.lesliewoodhead.com/2013/03/how-the-beatles-rocked-the-kremlin-the-book/.

Here's a good introduction (with some great links) with an emphasis on the sheer energy and novelty of The Beatles. It's hard to even conceptualize the changes the world went through in their wake. Check it out here - http://www.examiner.com/article/beatles-invasion-was-50-years-ago-sunday-feb-9-1964-on-ed-sullivan-show.

Here, for example, is a teen-age scrapbook based on a Beatles concert in the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, USA) in 1965 - http://www.squidoo.com/The_Beatles_at_Hollywood_Bowl_1965?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SquidooLensOfTheDay+%28Squidoo+Lens+of+the+Day%29.

Could any of us imagine a current artist being celebrated after 50 years?

Take a look at these links and let me know what you think.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just normal people might find interesting or useful.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


Posted by mmorf at February 9, 2014 09:52 PM


I recently went and oebsrved an ELL classroom at Pleasant Lea Elementary in Lee's Summit. One thing that I noticed was that they saw all of the same grade students at the same time. This made it easier to incorporate the classroom curriculum. I agree with Tessa and Kayla when they say this might not be as easy everywhere. In some areas with more or less ELL students this would be harder to do. If you had a ton of students all different grades, or a few students all different grades it would be hard to incorporate all of the curriculums. I do think it is important to try to incorporate the classroom curriculum with the ELL classroom. It would help the child understand specifically what is being taught in class. This is of the most importance to what they needs to learn at that point. If they understand what is being done in the classroom than they will be at their proper grade level in what they know and understand. The main thing to help learn the classroom curriculum in ELL the classroom would be to communicate with the teacher. The ELL teachers should ask the classroom teacher what they are working on or the other way around. The two teachers need to work together and be willing to help the child in both areas.

Posted by: Ludovic at June 9, 2014 12:32 PM

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