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Changes Since 1948: Set of 5 guided reading play scripts (6 speakers each) plus quizzes based on world events in 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990 -including history of rock music.
Unit 13 Changes Since 1948
Play 1 The 1950s Speakers: Queen Elizabeth II, Martin Luther King, Edmund Hillary, Walt Disney, Roger Bannister, Elvis
Disney (muttering): Yes. We've already said they got there first! Shame about the wee doggie that went up on Sputnik II.
Queen Elizabeth: What? A dog? Not a corgi, I trust!
Elvis: No. (Singing) It weren't nothing but a hound-dog!
Hillary: And not a very lively one, when it got back! Poor ol' Laika. Dead on arrival!
Play 2 The 1960s Speakers:Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, Nelson Mandela, Mick Jagger, John Lennon
Jagger: Yes, they might have won the competition. But they nearly didn't have a trophy to lift! A few months before, the world cup got nicked!
Armstrong: It wasn't that Biggs fellow was it? Him and the other Great Train Robbers?
Lennon: No. They never did find out who took it. But luckily Pickles found it!
Mandela: Who was Pickles?
Lennon: A dog! He found the world cup when he was out digging in a garden. Bit of an odd-shaped bone! I bet he was disappointed!
Play 3 The 1970s Speakers: Queen Elizabeth II, Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), David Bowie (Spiders from Mars), Mark Spitz (American Olympic swimmer), Olga Korbut (Russian Olympic gymnast), British soldier
Vicious (spitting): God save the Queen!
Queen: Well, thank you. But by the looks of you, I'm not the one who needs saving! What are you wearing?
Vicious: Straight from the Kings Road, London! Height of fashion!
Play 4 1980s Speakers: Margaret Thatcher (Maggie), Princess Diana (Diana, formerly Lady Diana Spencer), Ronald Reagan (Reagan), Mikhail Gorbachev (Gorbachev), Bob Geldof (Geldof), Boy George
Diana: Was that why you tried to set up Star Wars?
Geldof: Yeah. A lot more successful as a movie than as a way of protecting the U.S. from Russian nuclear attacks!
Maggie: Yes, Ronnie. You did seem a little paranoid at times.
Reagan: And with good reason. Just look at what happened at Chernobyl.
Play 5 The 1990s Speakers : Queen Elizabeth, Tony Blair, John Major, Victoria Beckham, Britney Spears, Robbie Williams
Queen: Can't see the appeal, myself. You wouldn't catch me jetting off all over the world. Far too many things to do home here. Like looking after my family.
Major: Oh dear. I was wondering when that tricky subject might come up. 1996 will not go down in her memoirs as being the best ever!
Queen: Indeed. 1996 was the year that my family had not one, but two divorces to cope with.