Sep 15, 2014

The Adventures of Tin Tin: Sequence Words, Narratives

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 of the scene. Then watch the movie segment 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 dunes.( ) The plane headed into a dangerous thunderstorm. 
( ) The Captain tried to fix the plane.


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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.


SEQUENCE CONNECTORS:

  • At first
  • firstly
  • first of all
  • to begin with
  • secondly
  • thirdly
  • finally
  • in the end
  • afterwards
  • after that
  • then
  • next
Answer key:

1. Tin Tin read the flying manual
2. Tin Tin started the plane engine.
3. The plane headed into a dangerous thunderstorm.
4. The plane was hit by lightning.
5. They ran out of gas.
6. The Captain tried to fix the plane.
7. The plane fell on the desert dunes.
8. The Captain saved Tin Tin.

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Sep 4, 2014

Under the Dome: Modals for Speculation

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".
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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.

1. ________________________________ 

2. ________________________________ 

3. ________________________________ 

4. ________________________________


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.





CLIMATE: ___________________________

WATER RESOURCES: _______________________________

FOOD SUPPLIES: ______________________________

FAMILY MEMBERS / FRIENDS _________________________

POLITICS: ___________________________

SECURITY: ____________________________

HOSPITALS / HEALTH WELFARE ____________________



IV. Check your ideas with the students from the other groups.


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Aug 25, 2014

Ender's Game: Adjectives that Describe Personality



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:

1. Responsible

2. Self-confident

3. Competitive

4. Bossy

5. independent

6. Ambitious

7. Sensible

8. Imaginative

9. Enthusiastic

10. Principled

11. Self-assured

12. Tough-minded



( ) 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.


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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.





Answer key:

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

Aug 15, 2014

Closed Circuit: Past Perfect Continuous




This is a great thriller. Its gripping plot and piercing beginning are amazing. Don't miss it.

I. Watch the segment. What were people doing when the bomb exploded?
Check the correct items.

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( ) 1. A mother and her pregnant daughter were walking and holding each other.

( ) 2. A man was using the cell phone.

( ) 3. A mother was feeding her baby.

( ) 4. A woman wearing a purple handkerchief on her head was shopping.

( ) 5. A truck was making manoeuvres near the rear entrance.


II. Now rewrite the sentences you checked in exercise I. Add how long they had been doing those things and make the necessary changes in the verb forms.

Ex: When the bomb exploded, a huge crowd had been walking around the market since the beginning of the morning.


WHEN THE BOMB EXPLODED

1. _____________________________________________ 
2. _____________________________________________ 
3. _____________________________________________ 
4. _____________________________________________ 
5. _____________________________________________


III. Talk to a partner.


1. Do you worry about terrorist threats where you live? How do you protect yourself?

2. If you consider the place where you live, what are the greatest fears of the population in terms of security/violence? What is the weight of terrorism in this situation.

3. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about terrorist threats? Do you think they will get worse or will they be less frequent in the future? Justify it.


Answer key:

I. All items are to be checked.

II. 

1. They had been walking and holding each other for .................................

2. A man had been using the cell phone for ................................

3. She had been feeding her baby for ................................

4. She had been shopping for.................................

5. It had been making manoeuvres for ...............................


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Aug 5, 2014

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Wish x Hope



This is one of my  favorite movies. The story is fascinating. It has the magic of cinema telling an impossible and far fetched, but moving story of an amazing couple. I have seen it several times!


 The word “hope” is used to talk about POSSIBLE situations that we desire in the past, present or future. The important thing to note is that these situations are POSSIBLE

“Wish” is used to talk about situations that we desire, but which are the opposite of the current reality or which are IMPOSSIBLE

I. Here are a few things a mother told her daughter during her childhood and adolescence years. Now she regrets having said that. Rewrite the sentences, expressing regrets by using WISH.

1. I can't kiss you goodnight.

2. I can't take you to your first day of school.

3. I can't be there to teach you to play piano.

4. I can't tell you not to chase some boy.

5. I can't hold you when you have a broken heart.

6. I can't be your father.


II. Now imagine her father telling her what he would like her daughter to be/have in her future years. Rewrite them, using HOPE.

1. Make the best of it.

2. See things that startle you.

3. Feel things you never felt before.

4. Meet people with  different point of view.

5.  Live a life you can be proud of.

6. Have the strength to start all over again.


III. Now watch the movie segment and check your answers.

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 IV.

Work with a partner. Come up with 3 sentences expressing regrets, using wish. Your sentences have to be true. They can be about your lives, your country, the world, whatever comes to your mind.

V. Come up with 3 sentences expressing desires you would like to come true, using hope.



Answer key:

I. 

I wish I could have kissed you goodnight.
I wish I could have taken you to your first day of school.
I wish I could have been there to teach you to play piano.
I wish I could have told you not to chase some boy.
I wish I could have held you when you had a broken heart.
I wish I could have been your father.

II.

I hope you make the best of it.
I hope you see things that startle you.
I hope you feel things that you never felt before.
I hope you meet people with a different point of view.
I hope you live a life you're proud of.
I hope you have the strength to start all over again

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Jul 25, 2014

Kung Fu Panda 2 & Madagascar 3: Simple Past


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:

1.  you/ why / didn't/ anything / say

________________________________________________________?

2. here / how / I / did / get

________________________________________________________ ?

3. come / where / from / do / from

________________________________________________________ ?

 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 paragraph.


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.

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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.

_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________

I. Here are some lines from the segment from MADAGASCAR 2. Correct the wrong ones  and write CORRECT if the sentence is okay.

"There was a time when circus Zaragoza, we were a great circus, and Vitaly was the biggest star of us all".

1) He jump from the hoop like he could fly.
______________________________________________________________
2) One fateful day, he push too far. 
_____________________________________________________________ 
3) He fly too close to the sun and he got burned.
_____________________________________________________________ 
4) And he lost everything.
_____________________________________________________________
5) His wife run off with a musician.
_____________________________________________________________ 
6) He lost his dignity, his fame, his passion, and his fur. 
_____________________________________________________________ 
7 ) And when it grow back, it is less soft. 
_____________________________________________________________
8) He was our inspiration.
_____________________________________________________________ 

II. Watch the movie segment and check your answers.

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 Key:

Kung Fu Panda 2:

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1. Why didn't you say anything?
2. How did I get here?
3. Where do I come from?

II.
It 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.



 Madagascar 2:

I.

1 - jumped

2. pushed

3. flew

4. CORRECT

5. ran

6. CORRECT

7. grew / was

8. CORRECT







Jul 16, 2014

Vacation

Dear Readers,

I will be on vacation during  the next month. Soon I will be back with new activities. See you soon!!!

Jul 15, 2014

Puss in Boots: Imperative Forms




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.

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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.


Answer key:

Exercise I


1 - G

2 - G

3 - P - Open the door.

4 - P - Drop the weapon.

5 - P

6 - K

7 - G

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Jul 5, 2014

Warm Bodies: Both... And... and Neither... Nor

Warm Bodies is a nice film about zombies. The story is well conducted and some of the scenes can be really funny - or even scary. I liked it a lot.


Watch the movie segment and check who performed the following actions. R (the zombie) or Julie (the girlfriend of one of his victims), or both. Write B for both or N for none of them.

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(   ) Likes vinyl records and songs from the 80s.

(   ) Likes Bruce Springsteen songs, especially Dancing in the Dark.

(   ) Had something to eat on the plane.

(   ) Looked at old pictures.

(   ) tried out some sunglasses.

(   ) Danced on the plane.

(   ) Had fun

(   ) sang a song.

(   ) Left the plane.


Check your answers with a partner.


Rewrite the items above, using the conjunctions BOTH... AND...  or NEITHER... NOR.

Ex: Both R and Julie like vinyl records and songs from the 80's.

Discuss with a partner:


1. How different would life be if there were real zombies among us?

2. Why are zombie movies so popular?

3. What do Julie and R have in common?

4. How different are they from each other?

5. Is this scene scary? Why (not)?

6. Why do you think they were alone on the plane?


Answer key:

B
B
N
B
B
B
B
N
N


2.  Both R and Julie like Bruce Springsteen songs, especially Dancing in the Dark.
3.  Neither R nor Julie had something to eat on the plane.
4. Both R and Julie looked at old pictures.
5. Both R and Julie tried out some sunglasses.
6. Both R and Julie danced on the plane.
7. Both R and Julie had fun.
8. Neither R nor Julie sang a song.
9. Neither R nor Julie left the plane.


Jun 25, 2014

The Three Musketeers: Superlatives








I. Complete the columns below with the given adjectives. Choose the column that YOU believe the adjective best applies to each character. Watch the segment and decide it.




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COURAGEOUS - AGILE - HANDSOME - INTELLIGENT - SEXY - BEAUTIFUL - ROMANTIC - AGGRESSIVE - STRONG - UGLY -

ATHOS:












MILADY













 ARAMIS













PORTHOS













II. Write one sentence for each of the adjectives above. Compare the character you chose with the other ones.

Ex:  Porthos is the MOST COURAGEOUS of all.

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