Monday, August 10, 2015

Who invented the Smiley Face?

I don't know about you, but I even had a pink smiley button.  This was when I was a kid.  In the 1970's we saw this everywhere.  The Peace sign was blaze, and there it was on T-shirts, buttons, and you name it.   Forget your troubles, and Be Happy!  I never thought about who actually designed it until the Forest Gump movie came out.  But now we have the real story about the Smiley! 

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher 

Vocabulary 
hapless
enduring cultural icon
 craze
misremembering
casting about
cranking out 
 assuage low employee morale
in lots of 10,000
to register the mark
global licensing agreements     emoticons      unmistakable dimples


Questions 
Where did you first recognize that the Smiley was a fad? 
Did you believe it was Forest Gump?
Did you know that Forest Gump is actually a fictional Character in a 1986 novel by Winston Groom
What does the Smiley mean to you? 
What kinds of efforts do you make to cheer yourself up?
Which color of the Smiley helps you the most? 
Should we do something to help Harvey Ball, get more compensation for his work on the Smiley? 


Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach, Professional English Teacher 


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