Working this F*$#!ing job
*Warning NSFC-Controversy in the classroom*
Show this clip at the students discretion only. Advise the students that the following clip is a little controversial and that if they are of a sensitive disposition then maybe it’s best that they do not watch the clip. This clip contains risky language and some scenes of violence. You could easily edit it so that the words are deleted from the video.
Watch the music video:
Drive by truckers – Working this job
Start a discussion about censorship in videos. Ask the following questions.
1. Why do you think they use the “f-Word” ?
2. What do you think about the use of violence in this clip?
3. What impact did the violence and language have on you?
4. Is it really necessary to include the violence and f-word?
5. Does it relate to the song and video? Why?
6. Is this clip being controversial just to provoke people, which will in turn generate more sales through the media exposure?
Lights, Camera, Action
Students choose from 3 scenes in the clip. They write a dialogue for the scene and then act it out.
(0.43) Scene outside ‘burger world’. Dialogue between the boss of ‘burger world’ and the protagonist.
(2.05) Scene with the man robbing the store. Dialogue between the store clerk and the protagonist.
(3.25) Scene with the police confrontation. Dialogue between the policeman and the protagonist.
Lyrics – What lyrics do you hear?
Students listen to the clip a few times and write down as many lyrics as they can.
The students compare the lyrics they have written with the other students.
The students use the lyrics to help them write a story about the clip.
Ask some questions for them to think about.
Why did the man do this?
What were his responsibilities?
“What makes it all worthwhile?”
“Can a family live on fast food wages?”
Game– In groups students try to write down as many jobs as they can in a set time limit (5mins).
Each group reads out the jobs they have written and if the other groups have the same word then they score it out. The groups only get points if they have a different word from the other groups. Subtract points for wrong spelling.
Word magnet-(My first attempt)
Please click here to watch Russell Stannard’s training video about word magnets.
If students have computers in your class room then this application is really good. If they don’t then use sheets of paper.
Students have to write down as many job words as they can and then separate them into what they consider to be worthwhile jobs and not worthwhile.
Let’s debate about jobs–
When they have divided the jobs into categories the students have a debate about their opinions and why they consider some jobs more worthwhile than others.
Call out a job and have the students who think it is worthwhile go to one side of the classroom and the other students go to the other side. Both sides think about what they can say to support their arguments in a debate. Each side is given a time limit to present their ideas.
Some final words
Students have to think about and then discuss what they think is important in life and what responsibilities they have.