Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals contains a series of movie segments and activities to assess or practice grammar points through fun, challenging exercises. Here you will find the movie segments, the lesson plans, printable worksheets with answer key for each activity, and the tips to develop your own grammar activities with the DVDs you have at home. New activities are posted regularly. Teaching grammar with movie segments is inspiring and highly motivating.
This is an amazing movie. Absolutely innovative and gripping. I truly recommend it.
Books suggest that
we should not interchange "so" and "so that".
"So" means "therefore", and "so that" means
"in order that". Every occurrence of "so that" can be
replaced with "so" without losing meanings, but not vice versa. "So that" means
"with the result that", "with the aim that", "in order
that". "So" is making a conclusion, it is like you know
already, or that something "can happen," according to your sentence;
it is like the future predicted already.
I. Discuss the questions with a friend:
1. Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut? Why (not)?
2. What moves people who want to go outer space?
3. Would you like to go on a space trip? Why (not)?
4. What makes people want to risk their lives by traveling into space?
II. Complete the sentences with so or so that. When both are possible, use so.
1. Dr. Stone was warned about the telecommunications blackout ______________ she would not be surprised by that event.
2. She wanted to return to Explorer _______________ debris would not hit her.
3. The craft was severely damaged by the debris, ________________ she lost complete control of her movements.
4. Dr. Stone finally detached her suit, ______________ she was thrown into the space void.
5. She couldn't see anything, ________________ she did not manage to provide any information of her coordinates.
6. She calmed herself down _______________ she could find the visuals and provide the coordinates.
1. so that
2. so that
6. so that
This is one of my favorite teenage years characters. Steven Spielberg production is amazing and thrilling. A must!
Before you watch the segment, try to guess the sequence of events in the scene. Then watch the movie snippet and check whether the sentences are in the order they took place in the snippet.
( ) They ran out of gas.
( ) Tin Tin read the flying manual.
( ) Tin Tin started the plane engine.
( ) The plane was hit by lightning.
( ) The Captain saved Tin Tin.
( ) The plane fell on the desert.
( ) The plane headed into a dangerous thunderstorm.
( ) The Captain tried to fix the plane.
II. Now write a paragraph connecting the sentences in order to come up with a story / narrative of events. Use the sequence words below.
DON'T FORGET TO ADD A TOPIC SENTENCE AND A CONCLUDING STATEMENT AS WELL.
first of all
to begin with
in the end
1. Tin Tin read the flying manual
2. Tin Tin started the plane engine.
3. The plane headed into a dangerous thunderstorm.
I am a great fan of Stephen King and his imaginative stories. This one is no exception. The book, which I loved, became a CBS series. The book explores the psychological shades of the characters much more deeply than the series, but it is still worth following. This scene is one of my favorite scenes on this blog. This is the first post taken from a TV series. Others will come up.
I. Watch the segment. Then check the alternatives that you believe are possible explanations for the "dome".
1. ( ) It is a force field.
2. ( ) Extra terrestrials want to isolate human beings for experiments.
3. ( ) It is a military operation.
4. ( ) It is a natural phenomenon.
5. ( ) It is their imagination.
6. ( ) It is a nuclear shelter.
7. ( ) Your guess.
II. Check your guesses with a partner. Then write sentences speculating about what the dome is.
III. Look at the pictures below. Chester's Mill, a small town in Maine - USA, was isolated from the rest of the world by this mysterious dome. No one goes out; no one comes in. Think about possible consequences of such a happening. Think about the climate, water resources, food supplies, family members, politics, security, hospitals, etc. Then write down at least 5 sentences speculating about what might happen to Chester's Mill's population OR what they might have to do to survive.
WATER RESOURCES: _______________________________
FOOD SUPPLIES: ______________________________
FAMILY MEMBERS / FRIENDS _________________________
HOSPITALS / HEALTH WELFARE ____________________
IV. Check your ideas with the students from the other groups.
Don't miss this movie. It is excellent sci-fi. I will prepare several activities with its scenes!
I. Work with a partner:
1. What are the qualities a good leader must and must not have?
2. Can someone learn how to be a leader, or are they born one?
3. Do you consider yourself a good leader? Explain it.
4. Can you think of influential leaders? Give examples.
II. Read the quotes below about leadership. Discuss with each other their meanings and whether you agree with them:
"The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they
set for themselves."
- Ray Kroc
"An effective leader is defined by results not whether they make
great speeches or is liked."
- Peter Drucker "The process of influencing others to perform a task by providing
purpose, direction and motivation."
- The Army
"Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.
- John Maxwell
"Leadership is someone who gives hope."
- Tom Peters"A true leader is someone who inspires others to become more
of who they truly are. They bring out the talent in people and
have them put it to use over and over. They inspire others to be
more than they ever dreamed of."
- Anthony Robbins
"A leader is someone that people follow."
- Warren Buffett"Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart
of things, not the periphery."
- Warren Bennis
III. Match the adjectives that describe leadership and their meanings:
( ) People who like giving orders to other people
( ) people who always want to win
( ) People who trust their abilities or skills
( ) Worthy of trust
( ) People who have common sense and are practical
( ) has or shows great excitement and interest;
( ) shows poise and confidence in your own worth;
( ) has high moral principles
( ) People you can trust or depend on
( ) People who want to be successful in life
( ) Faces facts and difficulties with strength and determination; realistic and resolute.
( ) People who are creative and good at thinking new ideas
IV. Watch the movie segment and discuss the questions.
1. What is a mind game, in this case?
2. What personality traits does Ender have?
3. What do you think about their leadership training?
4. What did Ender do that stood out the others?
5. Which adjectives in exercise III would you use to describe Ender?
6. Which adjectives would you use to describe the other leaders shown in the segment?
7. Are they all effective leaders? Explain it.
Competitive - people who always want to win
Reliable -People you can trust or depend on
Responsible - Worthy of trust
Insecure - People who do not trust their abilities/skills
Self-confident - People who trust their abilities or skills
Independent - People who like doing things on their own, without help
Bossy - People who like giving orders to other people
Sensible - People who have common sense and are practical
Imaginative - People who are creative and good at thinking new ideas
Ambitious - People who want to be successful in life
Enthusiastic - Has or shows great excitement and interest
Principled - Has high moral principles
Tough-minded - Faces facts and difficulties with strength and determination; realistic and resolute
Self-assured - Shows poise and confidence in your own worth
Madagascar 3 is
much better than the first ones. Well, animated movies are my guilty
pleasure, so I usually like them all. However, this one is really
worth-watching. Kung Fu Panda 2 is just wonderful. What a cute Panda Po is! I prepared simple past activities with the segments that can be used in the same class.
KUNG FU PANDA 2 :
I. Put the following questions in the correct order:
II. Now complete the story about Kung Fu Panda's adoption. Choose one
verb from the box, and write the correct past tense form in the
BE - GO - MAKE - TRY - GIVE - FEED - BRING - WAIT
It _______________ just another day at the restaurant. I ______________out to the back. There ___________ cabbages, turnips, radishes. There _____________ no radishes, just a very hungry baby panda. There ____________ no note. I _____________ for someone to come looking for you, but no one did. I _______________ you inside, _________________ you, _________________you a bath, and _______________ to put some pants on you. And then I _______________ a decision that changed my life forever.
III. Watch the segment - KUNG FU PANDA 2 - and check your answers.
IV. Write a short paragraph about something that happened to you, using the simple past. Think about something unusual that you did or that happened to you, and write everything that happened then.
II. Watch the movie segment and check your answers.
Kung Fu Panda 2:
1. Why didn't you say anything?
2. How did I get here?
3. Where do I come from?
was just another day at the restaurant. I went out to the back.
There were cabbages, turnips, radishes, There were no radishes, just a
very hungry baby panda. there was no note. I waited for someone to come
looking for you, but no one did. I brought you inside, fed you, gave you
a bath, and tried to put some pants on you. And then I made a decision
that changed my life forever.
I. Put the words in the correct order (if it is the case) and decide who said those lines in the movie. Then watch the segment and check your answers.
G - Guard
P - Puss
K - Kitty
1 ( ) Quiet, you.
2 ( ) Shut up.
3 ( ) the / door / open __________________________
4 ( ) the / drop / weapon _______________________
5 ( ) Step aside.
6 ( ) Wait, Puss.
7 ( ) Freeze.
II. Work in groups of 3. Use the seven sentences in Exercise I to recreate the story. Then ROLE-PLAY it. Your story may be similar to the scene in Puss in Boots, or you may create a completely different scene, but you must use all of the seven sentences in Exercise I. You may add other imperative sentences to your dialog.