#107 People Types 5

Published on October 22, 2006

=> “People Types 5” – words to describe people, and exercises
=> “Holodomor Memorial to be Built in Washington” – text
=> In the next issues

People Types 5

Below are ten nouns you can use to describe people.

1. bozo = Bozo was a famous clown, so when you call a person a bozo it means he’s acting like a clown, but more foolish and clumsy than funny.

2. brat = a kid who’s spoiled or who’s being snotty and misbehaved.

3. free spirit = a person who is unconstrained by convention

4. geezer = a slang word for an old person, but especially a crusty old man.

5. grouch = an irritable or sulky person; someone always in a grumpy mood. Also grump.

6. kibitzer = someone who offers unwanted and usually bad advice to another

7. shrinking Violet = a girl who is shy and withdrawn.

8. thug = a ruff and dangerous person; a hoodlum or street criminal.

9. wunderkind = a child prodigy; a young person who achieves success in a certain field or skill at a very early age. (Usually pronounced with an initial v sound, as in German)

10. yokel = an uneducated simpleton, usually from the country rather than the city. Also “country bumpkin.”

Gap-fill Sentences

Take the ten people types above and put them in the proper blanks below.

1. By the time he was twelve, Mozart had three operas and 6 symphonies. Yes, you can say he was a __________.

2. He didn’t trust Gulnara’s new boyfriend; he looked uneducated, rough, and dangerous. He looked like a __________.

3. Ms. Wheeling is a real free-spirit. She travels wherever she wants, getting temporary jobs here and there.

4. I was at the bus station sitting on the bench when this old __________ started telling me about his young days.

5. The Henderson’s daughter is a __________. She talks back to all the grown-ups.

6. My friend is pretty negative about everything. He’s always complaining. He’s a __________.

7. That guy thinks he’s funny, but he’s just a fool. What a __________.

8. There were a bunch of wallflowers at the dance. I tried to talk to one, but she was such a __________she ran off.

9. That __________ keeps telling us what to do. I don’t even know his name, and anyway, his advice is lousy.

10. He lives way out in the country and he thinks that rubbing a cat on his head can cure the common cold. Yep, he’s a __________.

More Activities

1. Easy People Type No-material Activity
Here’s how you do an activity without making copies and without material: Write the People Type words on the board. Let students look at them. Perhaps let students guess the meanings.

Next read or make up definitions for the words at random. Ask the class to guess which People Type you are defining. Circle each word when they guess it correctly.

When students get the hang of these words, they can make their own sentences. They will read them out loud but omit the people type word. Other students will guess.

2. People Type Internet Homework Activity
Ask students, if they have internet, to choose one of the above words. Have them do a Google/Yahoo/Yandex search and come back to class with two authentic sentences using the words. Have the students read them (leaving a gap for the People Type Word) and see if other students can guess the word that fits.

3. People Type Skits
• In groups students create little skit–a performance of about 2 minutes.
• Choose one people type adjective for each person in the group.
• The group will design a short skit. Ten minutes to prepare. Each group member will act out the personality of one of these people types. Represent that type of person in speech and action–but WITHOUT saying the actual word.
• After the skit, the rest of the class will guess which types students were acting out.
• The skit can take place in a bar, at a party, on a park bench–wherever.
• The skit should only be a minute or two long.
• Students don’t need to memorize lines; just outline the basic plot and improvise.

4. Want Past People Types?
Above is People Types #5. If you would like to receive a Word file with all previous People Type activities from ETs in Russia, including “Animals as People,” email me.

Holodomor Memorial in Washington, DC

In Ets in Russia #105 you heard about the statue of Taras Shevchenko in Washington, DC. On October 2nd, 2006, President Bush signed his approval for a memorial in DC to the victims of the Ukrainian Famine (or Holodomor) of 1932-1933.

Such resolutions have to start somewhere. In this case with the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) proposed it, and got the support of members of congress. Then the resolution has to go through both houses of congress and, finally, the president. The next step is to design the memorial and to find a nice plot of land for it in the capital.

The UCCA is an organization of Ukrainian-Americans, and they were instrumental in the erection of the Shevchenko monument as well. The Ukrainian Ambassador to the US, H.E. Oleh Shamshur, said that the Holodomor was a “disaster in the history of my nation, similar to the Holocaust in scale, cruelty, and cynicism of its perpetrators.”

Michael Sawkiw, The President of the UCCA said “the sheer magnitude and gravity of the Ukrainian Genocide remains little known to the world.”


Answers to People Type 5 Sentences

1. wunderkind
2. thug
3. free-spirit
4. geezer
5. brat
6. grouch
7. bozo
8. shrinking Violet
9. kibitzer
10. yokel

In the Next Issues

Three Halloween songs and activities coming in one week!

And later…

Critical Thinking on Flags
The Slavic Influence on American Music
Muslims in America

Copyright 2006 Kevin McCaughey & I.M. Poosheesty

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