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Too Obsessed with Taylor? – Topical Tuesdays Activities from First News

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This year’s Super Bowl was watched by an incredible 123.4 million people in the US, making it the most-watched TV broadcast there since men first landed on the moon in 1969. Taylor Swift’s public relationship with Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce is said to have brought more viewers to the match, although it’s debatable how many people only watched it because of that.


Taylor Swift’s dominating the headlines again – this time, just by turning up at a sports match. Some people are fed up with seeing her everywhere. Shouldn’t they be able to enjoy watching a game without Taylor or other celebrities stealing the headlines? Or is all the media coverage simply a reflection of how talented and popular Taylor is? Aren’t those who snipe and criticise simply jealous of her remarkable success? Isn’t it great that a young woman can have such a positive impact on so many people’s lives? What do you think?

Writing skills

Imagine you are watching a sports match and Taylor Swift unexpectedly comes and sits next to you. Write a short dialogue outlining the conversation between you. Would you try to be cool and discuss the game? Would you get too excited and babble on about how great she is? Would you get all tongue-tied and struggle to say anything? Whatever you decide, remember to use accurate speech punctuation and include the best possible speaking verbs and adverbs to reflect how each of you is behaving.


Write a review of a Taylor Swift song, video or film of your choice. It can be as positive or critical as you like but remember to make it a genuine reflection of what you have seen or heard and include specific references to the performance. Try to avoid word choices that are lazy, obvious or too conversational (e.g. totally brilliant!). Whatever your opinion, make your review entertaining for the reader.


Research and list the top five recording acts in history in terms of record sales. For each one, give a figure for total number of records sold or streamed and name one of their most famous songs. Challenge: who is the biggest-selling female artist of all time?

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