Justin Bieber Has A New ‘Do – And He’s Dating!

justin-bieber-96403_960_720Justin Bieber got a haircut. Yes, there – we’ve said it. Justin Bieber has cut his hair.
The famous teen idol was shorn on celebrity gossip TV show TMZ, changing his famous hairdo from lanky locks to more of a tousled bed-hair look.

Bieber stepped out on the red carpet last night at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Los Angeles with his new girlfriend, Selena Gomez. He’s 16 and she is 18. They have been quietly dating since November.

Whether you love him or you hate him, you’ve got to admit that the Stratford, Ont. native has a lot of power. After all, who else’s locks could sell for $7,000 (and counting) on eBay?
He gave some of his hair to TV host Ellen Degeneres when he went on her talk show to show off his new ’do. The hair is being sold on the auction website, eBay. The money from the sale will go to an animal charity called The Gentle Barn. The online auction ends on March 2.
Bieber’s riding high with a new movie, Never Say Never, currently playing in theatres (which is also available in 3D and in a “director’s cut” version that includes 40 extra minutes of footage).
And can you believe it? After he cut his hair 80,000 of his Twitter followers dropped him. Now he only has 7,620,500 followers, poor boy!


Writing/Discussion Prompt
After Justin Bieber cut his hair, 80,000 stopped following him on Twitter.  Is this because many of his fans like him more for his looks than his music?

Do you think people like celebrities because of how they look or because of what they do (act, sing, dance etc.)?  Do you think it is more important for celebrities to have good looks or talent?

Reading Prompt
This article looks easy, but there are many words that are tricky.  Some of these words are: hairdo, shorn, lanky, locks, tousled, bed-hair, native, auction and eBay.

When we read unfamiliar words we use different strategies to sound them out and to figure out what they mean.  What strategies did you use to read and understand these words?

Primary and Junior
Predict the meaning of and quickly solve unfamiliar words using different types of cues, including: semantic (meaning) cues (e.g., familiar words, phrases, sentences, and visuals that activate existing knowledge of oral and written language); syntactic (language structure) cues (e.g., word order, language patterns, punctuation); graphophonic (phonological and graphic) cues (e.g., letter clusters within words; onset and rime; common spelling patterns; words within words; visual features of words such as shape or size)(OME, Reading: 3.2)

Grammar Feature: Contractions
A contraction is when you shorten a word by using an apostrophe.  Some common examples are: can’t, it’s and shouldn’t.
One uncommon example from the article is the word ’do.  What word do you think the apostrophe replaces?
Can you think of any other examples of contractions?