Listen. Paraphrase. Listen Again. (5 marks)

Posted on May 13, 2010

First, read the following article then follow the instructions for how to paraphrase.  Secondly, follow the instructions for how to site information found on the internet appropriatly.

Use Read and Write to listen to the following paragraph. Then, paraphrase it. Remember our rule— For every 5 words, you must change 3. This does not include deleting and reorganizing sentences–3 words must actually change.  Then, listen to your new paragraph to make sure your wording is correct. (I will be walking around checking to see that you are utilizing the technology I have requested you to use)    /5

The Film: P-Star Rising

A talented young hip-hop performer becomes the vehicle for her father’s unfulfilled ambitions in the feature documentary P-Star Rising. At the dawn of hip-hop’s breakthrough into the mainstream in the early 1980s, Jesse Diaz was poised for fame, success and wealth, but a prison sentence soon quashed his dreams. Though Jesse manages to reclaim his life and regain custody of his two young daughters—lost to the foster care system while he was incarcerated and after their mother succumbed to drug addiction—he struggles to support his family as a single dad. Broke, unemployed and living in temporary housing, he pins his hopes for the family’s fortunes on his youngest daughter, Priscilla, aka P-Star. Recognizing Priscilla’s natural musical talent and precocious personality, Jesse sets out to realize his deferred dreams of hip-hop stardom by making the nine year old the next rap phenomenon—“The youngest girl on the scene.”

Filmed over four years, P-Star Rising follows Jesse and his daughters as they navigate the peaks and pitfalls of both the music business and family relationships. As P-Star starts to break through professionally, Jesse struggles to balance his responsibilities as a father to Priscilla and her older sister Solsky with his music industry aspirations. Solsky, increasingly sidelined in the family by Priscilla’s career, does poorly in school and turns to the church for support. As Priscilla matures, she comes increasingly into conflict with Jesse, and risks losing her childhood to satisfy his demands. From performances on the street corner to appearances  on national television, from signing record deals to dealing with feelings of abandonment by Priscilla’s crack-addicted mother, Gabriel Noble’s chronicle of the Diaz family offers a personal, intimate look at ambition, talent and the sacrifices family members make for one another.

Posted in: Uncategorized