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Go: JHS GrammarThe Man Who Sold The World


SUBMITTED BY: Brenton Gettmann



GRAMMAR: Relative Pronouns

EXAMPLE: Kurt Cobain is the man who sold the world.

DATE ADDED: Nov 17, 2011


    Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


45-50 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: A 2 part game where students listen to Nirvana's "The Man Who Sold The World" and answer questions followed by a guessing game of famous people. 





  1. Explain to the students that they are going to watch and listen to a video of a famous American band called Nirvana. The songs title is, “The Man Who Sold the World” (It is actually written by David Bowie, but Nirvana most famously covered it.) Have students repeat the sentence, “The Man Who Sold the World” and elicit the translation that is written on their worksheet (世界を売った男 / sekai wo utta otoko). Tell them to watch the video and use the pictures of the band members on their worksheets to fill in the answers to the questions on their worksheets.
  2. Play them the music video. (You can use the electric board 電子黒板, computer, or a TV)
  3. After the video, go over the answers of the band member roles. Ask students for the answers and translations as a class to check for comprehension.
  4. The next activity is called the "Do You Know Who This is?" activity. Keep students in their groups of three and tell them to turn their worksheets over. Have them janken for a winner. Pass out a “Do you know who this is?” activity sheet to each group of 3. Go over the categories of the activity sheet and names of the people/characters. Pass out a set of the activity cards to each group.
  5. The winner of janken does not have to write for this round of the game and only takes one card from the stack and reads both of the hints written on the card to their group members. (They should not show this card to their group members) Based upon the two sentences that the janken winner read, the other students in the group guess the character/person that the hints are about and write their answers on their worksheets using the sentences that are written on the activity sheet. Students have 1 minute to guess and write their answers. Using a stop watch works well for this.
  6. After the one minute is up, the student who is holding the card announces the answer that is written on their card (The announcement should only take about 30 seconds or so, and then you move onto the next 1 minute round.)
  7. If a student guessed correctly, they write a circle in the box next to their sentence and get to pick the next card (which also means they don’t have to write.) If two students guessed correctly, they both receive points, but they must janken for who gets to take the next card.
  8. After the class is over, ask students to translate some of the sentences aloud and have the class repeat.



  • You can have the students play in pairs as well.


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