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The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare – from animatedshakespeare.com

 

 

Once upon a time, there was…

The Pea and the Princess adapted from its original version.

Once upon a time there was...a Prince but he wanted a Princess.

He travelled around the world but there was always something wrong.

-"There must be a real Princess for me somewhere!" he thought.

There was always something wrong and Our Prince  could not find one.

 

One day, there was a terrible storm with thunder and lightening.

In the middle of the storm, something happened and a Princess appeared but the Old King did not believe the Princess nor did the Prince. They thought she was not a Princess because of her appearance.

The Princess stood outside and she was in a terrible state because of the rain on her clothes and her hair and her face...

-"We shall see if you are  a real Princess!" (On va voir si vous êtes une vraie Princesse!")

She put 20 mattresses and twenty feather-beds. And she put a pea under  the mattress or mattresses.

-"How did you sleep last night?"

-"I slept terribly bad!"... she said. "I hardly closed my eyes and my body is all black and blue."

So the Prince was sure she was a real Princess.

The pea was placed in a museum!

Everybody can see it now!

 

My conclusion about Andersen's tale?

 

Vocabulary=

a tale=

Once upon a time=

to want=

to travel around the world=

somewhere=

something wrong=

to find=

a storm=

thunder=

lightening=

to believe=

to think=

outside=

inside=

mattress=

feather-beds=

 

Looking for Eric by Ken Loach -under construction-Collège et cinéma

 

 

1)Underline 5  similarities between Ken Loach’s life and work  and Gustave Courbet’ s life and work.

2)Choose 5 sentences or more and ask as many questions as you can.

http://lewebpedagogique.com/inthehudson7/2011/09/18/details-in-gustave-courbets-paintings-courtesy-of-the-musee-de-courbet-in-ornans/

http://lewebpedagogique.com/inthehudson7/2012/01/11/musee-courbet-third-presentation-under-construction/

Gustave Courbet was born in  La  Vallée de la Loue (Loue Valley) in Franche-Comté on June 10th 1819 .He studied in Besançon and Paris. His family wanted him to study law but he preferred drawing and painting. He spent a lot of his time in museums copying a huge amount of paintings and eventually stopped studying law. He was politically involved in La Commune and was attributed the destruction of La Colonne Vandôme.

He liked saying “Courbet sans les courbettes”.It means that he was a very straightforward person with a lot of  personality- at times, too much!He wrote many interesting pamphlets and letters to explain his viewpoints  about painting. He didn’t want to work for the Académie des Beaux-Arts and refused any type of promotion linked to the government because he wanted to be a free “thinker”.

He had a son who  died when he was 25 years old .

He was condemned by the French government and put in prison.  He died in exile in Switzerland on December 31st 1877. The debate about his responsibility or the absence of responsibility in the destruction of the Column is  still going on.

His painting has the realism of every day life:

-people  at work

-people coming back from a burial

-ordinary people  at a burial

-hunting scenes with realistic details

-ordinary people by the riverside

-nudes  with realistic details

-portraits and landscapes of his region

The common key-word and denominator between the two  people is  r e a l i s m .

 

Ken Loach was born on June 17th 1936. He started studying law  and eventually became a comedian. He is interested in shooting films and documentaries about  daily life.He becomes  the reference for “docudrama”, a mixture of fiction and documentaries.

He wants to show the difficulties of people in today’s world. The words  which best sum up his work are= dark and gloomy, depressive  and depressed, depression,  gloominess and darkness.

He usually resorts to ordinary people rather than real actors.

He likes shooting films about the working-classes.
  Kes (1969)  is a film about a young boy who trains a kestrel in an ordinary working-class family with very ordinary people.

 

-cinema as a tool for understanding our world

-cinema should inform, educate and high light our human condition

-cinema should stress important elements in people’s daily life=

their problems in their jobs and their family relationships.

-cinema should serve politics, ethics and economy more than entertainment.

– “Humour is essential to our humanity”. “It is a question of  survival.”

– Football is part and parcel of social life in working class families

Regions shot by the artist:

 Sheffield, Manchester-Liverpool , Glasgow.

http://www.visitengland.fr/destinations/find/yorkshire/dg.aspx

 

 

B1 Ground Hog Day

http://www.groundhog.org/

Ground Hog Day

Story

A ground hog is a small animal that digs and lives under the ground.  It is also called the woodchuck. 

Ground hogs live in many parts of America.  In the winter they hibernate like bears and some other animals.

There is a legend that says a few hundred years ago Europeans brought Ground Hog Day to America.  They said that the ground hog wakes up from his hibernation on February 2.  (February 2 is half way between winter and spring.)  If he comes up from his hole and it is sunny, he will see his shadow and be frightened.  If he sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter weather.  But if he comes up and the sky is cloudy, he will not see his shadow and will not be frightened.  Then spring weather will come very soon.

Some people believe this legend and they watch the sky on February 2.  Many people are happy if it is cloudy on that day.  They think spring will come soon.  But most people think it is just a fun legend.  What do you think?

Vocabulary

to hibernate (verb)- to sleep through the winter

hibernation (noun)- comes from hibernate  (long sleep through the winter)

legend–  old story that is told from parents to children, and children’s children, and so on for many many years

shadow–  darkness made where the light can’t go through (when the sun shines you can see the dark outline of your body on the ground)


When not hibernating or caring for young, woodchucks spend much of their time eating and sunning.

They love to stretch out on warm ground, a smooth rock or along a low branch of a convenient tree. Their tree climbing ability is limited, however, and infrequently used.

 


Woodchucks prefer to eat fresh green vegetation. They eat a wide variety of wild plants, clover and alfalfa, and garden vegetables if they can get them. On rare occasions, they eat snails, insects, or young birds that they come upon by accident. Early in spring they eat bark and small branches.

Test your knowledge

  1. Another name for a groundhog is___.
    a. a woodchuck
    b. a squirrel
    c. a fox
  2. Groundhog Day is February___.
    a. 14th
    b. 2nd
    c. 22nd
  3. The groundhog pops up out of its___.
    a. hole
    b. nest
    c. lair
  4. The groundhog is looking for its___.
    a. mother b. friend c. shadow
  5. If the sun is shining, it will___ its hole.
    a. go back into
    b. stay out of
    c. run around
  6. If it doesn’t see its shadow, ___.
    a. there will be six more weeks of cold weather
    b. spring will come early this year
    c. it will rain for the next two weeks
  7. The groundhog lives in___.
    a. the ground b. a tree c. a river
  8. The groundhog spends all___ in its hole.
    a. winter
    b. spring
    c. autumn
  9. People are looking___ to spring.
    a. backward
    b. forward
  10. This kind of belief is called a___.
    a. festival
    b. superstition
    c. true story


 

 

 

Robert Louis Stevenson
My Shadow

 

 

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.


The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow–
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes goes so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close behind me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

from Repeat after us

Films, a royal wedding, cupcakes, grrrr … grammar

The Other Guys, Saint Andrews, Scotland

How to make the perfect Royal Wedding cupcake April, 28, 2011

 

adapted from :  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/    and Jean Sabiron's site


Eric Lanlard’s cupcakes are perfect for street parties, birthdays, weddings or seasonal festivities

Makes 12 cupcakes

Preparation time: 15 minutes, + cooling

Cooking time: 18 minutes

Ingredients

175g (6oz) self-raising flour

150g (5oz) plain flour

125g (41/2oz) unsalted butter, softened

250g (9oz) caster sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

125ml (4fl oz) milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Choose the right word in context : Beware of explosions !!

 


Preheat the (fridge-oven-microwave) to 180.C (fan 160.C)/350.F/gas mark 4. Line a 12-cup (muffin-coffin-boffin) tin with cupcake papers. In a small (barrel-bowl-bottle), combine the (flowers- flours-floors) and then (sit-set-spit) aside. In a large bowl, using an electric hand whisk-at medium (heat -speed-length), cream the butter until (smooth-rude-black). Add the (tar-sugar-mortar) gradually and continue beating until (grumpy-fluffy-filthy), about 3 minutes. Add the (Nick Clegg- a keg- eggs), one at a time, beating well after each (addition-multiplication-inflation). Add the flour in three (stages-rages-crates), alternating with the milk and (mozilla-vanilla-gorilla). With each addition, beat until the ingredients are (evaporated-incorporated-saturated), but do not over-beat. Using a rubber (spatula-ferula-band), scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well (inflated-vanished-blended).

Carefully spoon the (splitter-butter-batter into the cupcake papers, filling them about three-quarters full. (Bathe-Bake-Dive) in the preheated oven for 18 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the (bins-tins-sins) for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a (wire-fire-wine) rack before (icing-rinsing-freezing).


The KEY


Preheat the oven to 180.C (fan 160.C)/350.F/gas mark 4. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers. In a small bowl, combine the flours and then set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric hand whisk at medium speed, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and continue beating until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour in three stages, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated, but do not over-beat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended.

Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake papers, filling them about three-quarters full. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

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Welcome to the Firm: The Middletons share the public's acclaim on the Buckingham Palace balcony

Welcome to the Firm: The Middletons share the public's acclaim on the Buckingham Palace balcony. Kate's parents Mike and Carole are on the left, next to Prince Charles holding the Duchess of Cornwall's granddaughter Eliza Lopes. The bride's sister Pippa stands between Princes Philip and Harry


Read more:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1382098/Royal-wedding-speech-Prince-Harry-pays-tribute-Prince-William.html#ixzz1L6xE5TE6

I Dreamed I SThe playlist

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1382098/Royal-wedding-speech-Prince-Harry-pays-tribute-Prince-William.html#ixzz1L6xb70QA

aw St. Augustine by Bob Dylan

I dreamed I saw St. Augustine
Alive as you or me
Tearing through these quarters
In the utmost misery
With a blanket underneath his arm
And a coat of solid gold
Searching for the very souls
Whom already have been sold

“Arise, arise,” he cried so loud
In a voice without restraint
“Come out, ye gifted kings and queens
And hear my sad complaint
No martyr is among ye now
Whom you can call your own
So go on your way accordingly
But know you’re not alone”

I dreamed I saw St. Augustine
Alive with fiery breath
And I dreamed I was amongst the ones
That put him out to death
Oh, I awoke in anger
So alone and terrified
I put my fingers against the glass
And bowed my head and cried

Written comprehension:

Vous êtes rédacteur, rédacteure ou encore rédactrice d' un site culturel sur l'Australie.On vous demande d'écrire quelque chose sur ce pays qui fasse rêver vos lecteurs. L'importance de la nature doit être présente. Les contes étudiés en cours faisant partie du programme de 4° "Ici et ailleurs" sont une référence qui ne doit PAS être recopiée mais qui peut servir d'exemple ou tout du moins vous donner des idées.

Consignes:

Commencer le conte par "Once upon a time, there was..."

Inclure des références géographiques précises:

Inclure le vocabulaire lié à la nature:

Inclure du vocabulaire lié à l'aventure et la découverte (ce que vous avez travaillé en salle muti-media intitulé "In the wild"):

Inclure First, Then, Afterwards, Eventually, Finally:

Inclure 5 adjectifs contruits avec le comparatif d'égalité ou de supériorité

Prise de risques: idées et vocabulaire personnels

Le respect de consignes est important car il permet de valider la note finale.

Si deux copies présentent des similarités, la note du travail effectué est divisé en deux

Les comparatifs de supériorité: plus…que

James DeInclure dix verbes au passéan was cuter than Marlo Brando and Marlon Brando was  a better actor.

The music  was more provocative than the movie.

The TV serial  Happy Days was more popular than the movie American Graffiti.

Disco clothes were flashier than punk clothes.

Le superlatif

New York City is the biggest and the most populated city in the Untied States.

Washington DC is the most visited city in the United States.

Los Angeles is one of the sunniest city in the United States.

Alaska is the largest and the coldest state in the United States.

The Mississipi river is the longest river in the United States.

Fracture: Simple Past

This is a great movie, but a bit farfetched. If you like police stories, you will love it. I used the crime scene to practice the simple past tense.


Vous devez imaginer les scènes avant le crime. Vous écrirez les verbes à la forme affirmtive et à la forme négative pour CHAQUE phrase.

1) Ted’s wife, Sally, __________________________________ home (drive).

2) She ___________________________________________ the front door (unlock).

3) She ________________ ____________________________her jacket (take off).

4) She _________________________________________ her husband was in the house (notice).

5) They _________________________________________________ each other (hug).

6) They _________________________________________________ each other (kiss).

7) Ted __________________________________________ his wife in the head (shoot).

8) Gardeners ____________________________________________ a gunshot (hear).

9) Ted_______________________________________ the bullet cases on the floor. (pick up).

10) One of the gardeners ____________________________________ on the door (knock).

11) Ted ______________________________________ the door for the gardener (open).

12) Ted ________________________________________ the windows a few times (shoot).

13) Ted ___________________________________________________ his wife (drag).

14) He ____________________________________________________ his shirt (take off).

15) He _____________________________________________________ his shirt (burn).

16) He __________________________________________________________ his face (wash).

17) He ____________________________________________________ the police (call).

18) The gardener ______________________________________ Ted clean the house (help).

Elizabethtown: "Simple Past"

One of the best romantic comedies ever. The soundtrack is fantastic. I love this scene and girls think it is sooooo romantic... In this scene, the main characters spend the whole night talking to each other over the phone and they perform several activities while doing it. It is perfect for the students to practice of the simple past tense.

Make a list of the things you usually do while you are talking over the cell phone:
1. _______________________
2. _______________________
3. _______________________

Watch the movie segment. Pay attention to the activities the main characters performed while they were talking to each other over the phone. Write ( D ) if Drew was the one who performed the following tasks and ( C ) if it was Claire. Write ( B ) if both of them did it.

1 .( ) Open the gate

2. ( ) Make dinner

3. ( ) Change clothes

4. ( ) Go to the bathroom

5. ( ) Polish one's nails

6. ( ) Do the laundry

7. ( ) Look at pictures

8. ( ) Listen to music

9. ( ) Dance

10.( ) Drink beer

11.( ) Turn off the lights

12.( ) Drive a car

13.( ) Put on some lipstick

14.( ) See the sunrise



I. Work in groups. Read the activities below and guess which activities the character in the movie did
NOT do while smoking cigarettes BEFORE VIEWING THE SEGMENT. You have to choose 4 activities. The winner is the group who guesses most activities.

1. ( ) Vacuum the house
2. ( ) Drink whiskey
3. ( ) Water the plants
4. ( ) Sweep the flo0r
5. ( ) Put a mask on someone's face
6. ( ) Break some eggs on someone's hair.
7. ( ) Do the laundry
8. ( ) Sleep
9. ( ) Kick the dog
10. ( ) Read a book
11. ( ) Dance
12. ( ) Talk on the phone
13. ( ) Kiss the children

Up in the Air: Simple Present x Simple Past

This movie is really nice and the scene is perfect to contrast the uses of the simple present and simple past tenses.


I. Work in small groups. Make a list of activities you do every time you travel by plane. Think about what you do during the day until the plane takes off. Make sure you mention the steps you take at home and at the airport too.

Ex:

I make my bags.
I shave.

II. Watch the movie segment and check which of the activities you listed in Exercise I George Clooney's character did that day.

III. Now write 5 sentences saying what he did in the segment that you did not list in exercise II.

Ex: He took off his shoes at the airport.

IV. Now write sentences saying 5 things from your list that he didn't do before traveling.

Ex: He didn't shave.

Hachiko - A Dog's Story: Passive Voice with Simple Past

A - Talk to a partner.

1. Do you have a pet? Talk about it.

2. Do you prefer dogs or cats? Why?

3. Is it important to have pets? Why?

4. When are pets helpful in a person's life? Explain it.

5. When are pets harmful to a person?

6. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having pets?

I. Watch the movie segment and check the alternatives with the actions that you managed to see during the scene.
1. ( ) A Japanese monk put the collar around Hachi's neck.

2. ( ) He put Hachi in a cage.

3. ( ) He took Hachi to a train station.

4. ( ) He fed Hachi.

5. ( ) A couple of guys picked Hachi up at the airport.

6. ( ) The baggage carrier accidentally dropped Hachi's cage on the station platform.

7. ( ) Someone found the broken cage.

8. ( ) Parker found and carried Hachi home.

The Shawshank Redemption: Simple Past

This is a classic. Perfect for the simple past tense practice.

A. You will see the trial of Mr. Dufresne, accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Read parts of the judge's and Mr. Dufresne's speeches and fill in the blanks with the past tense form of the verbs in parentheses.
J: Judge


D: Mr. Dufresne

J: Describe the confrontation you _______ (have) with your wife.

D: It _______ (be) very bitter. She _______ (say) she ___________ (be) glad I _____ (know) that she ________ (hate) all the sneaking around.

J: And she ______ (say) she ________ (want) a divorce in Reno. What _______ (happen) after you ________ (argue) with your wife?

D: She ____ (pack) her bag.

J: ______ you _______ (follow) her?

D: I _______ (go) to a few bars first. Later, I ______ (drive) to his house to confront them. They ________ (be - neg) home. I __________ (park) in the turnout... and _______ (wait).

J: When they _________ (arrive), you ________ (go) up to the house and _____ (murder) them.

D: I ________ (get) back to the car and ________ (drive) home to sleep it off. Along the way, I __________ (throw) my gun into the Royal River.

J: The police _______ (drag) that river for 3 days and a gun was not found.



A. Take a look at the pair of sentences below. Write
1 next to the action that took place first and 2 next to the one that took place later.

___ Coraline went through a purple tunnel.
___ She entered a beautiful, neat living room.

___ She smelled something good.
___ She saw her other mother cooking in the kitchen.

___ Coraline talked to her other mother in the kitchen.
___ Her father sang her a song.

___ Coraline ate some chicken.
___ She drank some mango milk shake.

___ She went to bed in a comfortable bedroom.
___ She saw and talked to her friends in the picture.

What Women Want: Simple Past

This is a great scene. The students usually like it, especially because it is unconventional and unexpected.

Ask a partner if he / she did the following things before going to work or school this morning.

Ex: Did you drink wine?

No, I didn't.

Talk to a partner and decide if Nick (Mel Gibson) performed the following activities before going to work by checking the items.

1. Drink wine

2. Smoke a cigarette

3. Have breakfast

4. Polish the nails

5. Put on some makeup

6. Shave

7. Wax the leg

8. Wear pantyhose

9. Wear socks

10. Dry the hair

11. Trip on the floor

12. Have an accident

13. Take a shower

14. Watch TV

Little Miss Sunshine: Tag Questions

This is a lovely scene from this wonderful film. I love the acting and the intelligent story. This scene is remarkable. I took advantage of the scene to practice asking tag questions. With this activity, the students can practice the grammar point based on contextualized evidence, which is great. I only used sentences in the past tense, though.

A. Talk to a partner

1. Have you ever participated in a pageant? Talk about it. What is your opinion about beauty pageants?

2. Is it OK for young children to participate in pageants?

3. What's your opinion about pageants like Miss Brazil, Miss Universe, Model of the Year, etc?

B. Watch the segment, fill in the blanks with affirmative and negative forms of the given verbs, and complete the sentences with a tag question. Make sure the sentences are according to the information presented in the segment.

1 - Olive .................................. (be) wearing a suit, a hat and a tie, .................. ?

2 – She ……….…………. (dedicate) her presentation to her grandfather, ....................?

3 – Olive …………………. (be) intimidated by the audience, ...............?

4 – The audience …………… (be) shocked with Olive’s sexy dancing, .................?

5 – Many spectators …………….. (leave) the hall during her presentation, ................?

6 – The dance ………………. (be) appropriate for the situation, .................. ?

7 – Her family ……………………. (support) Olive by dancing with her, ...................?

8 – The host …………………. (try) to remove her from the stage, ...................... ?

9 – Her father …………………… (dance) with her on the stage, ................ ?

10 – The DJ …………….. (be) the only person to clap the presentation, ................... ?

11 – Nobody …………………. (like) the presentation, .............?

12 – They ………………………… (be) ashamed of Olive, ..........?

Gran Torino: Modal Verb - Should (Advice)


A. Before viewing :

You and your partner will make a list of everything you know about China and its culture. Each piece of information scores 1 point. Your teacher will check which pair of students scored most points.

B. Write P (Polite) or I (Impolite) after the statements below. Make a guess! Which of the actions below are considered polite/impolite during a barbecue lunch according to the Hmong culture, an Asian ethnic group in the mountainous regions of southern China.

1- To eat cat meat (I)

2- To eat dog meat (I)

3 - To drink alcoholic beverages (P)

4 - To look at someone in the eyes (I)

5 - To touch the head of a person(I)

6 - To listen to the elderly (P)

7 - To eat very much (P)

Take a look at Po and Tai Lung. Then write next to the characters the qualities that best describe them, according to your impressions from the pictures. Make sure you write different adjectives for each of the characters.

This is Po:
Ex:

FAT

FUNNY

This is Tai Lung

Ex:

STRONG

INTELLIGENT

FAT STRONG FRIENDLY HEAVY SMART

FUNNY INTELLIGENT TIRED FAST CONFIDENT

LAZY AGGRESSIVE DANGEROUS UGLY QUIET

From the film Australia

Pay attention to Nullah's words.Because Nullah is an aboriginal who doesn't have much contact with white people, he doesn't speak English correctly. Watch the segment, underline the verbs that are incorrect in each of the sentences below and correct them.

1 - My grandfather, King George, he take me to walkabouts.

2 - My grandfather teach me the most important lesson of all.

3 - That day, I see them, the white fellas, pushing bulls across the river.

4 - King George get angry at white fellas.

5 - The coppers come here to take me away.

6 - This story not begin that day.

7 - This story begin a little while ago in a land far, far away.


I. Watch the movie segment, which shows two queens, White and Red. Place the adjectives below under the column that you think is more appropriate for each of the queens.

BEAUTIFUL - ARROGANT - TALL - OLD - YOUNG - THIN - FUNNY - POWERFUL - FRIENDLY - UGLY - AGGRESSIVE - CALM


The White Queen The Red Queen


1. The White Queen (The Red Queen) is more beautiful than The Red Queen (The White Queen).

  1. _____________________________________
  2. _____________________________________
  3. _____________________________________
  4. _____________________________________
  5. _____________________________________
  6. _____________________________________
  7. _____________________________________
  8. _____________________________________
  9. _____________________________________
  10. _____________________________________
  11. _____________________________________

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A. Work in small groups. make a list of 5 things a young teen can do to help the elderly. Make sure you use the modal verb for suggestion - could - to express your ideas.

1 ...............................................

2...............................................

3...............................................

4...............................................

5...............................................

B. Now watch the segment and write down 3 suggestions the boy gives to help the old man in the scene.

1..........................................

2.........................................

3.........................................

C. Work in small groups again. Make a list of 3 things people could do in the following situations.

I. To protect the environment.

1..........................................

2.........................................

3.........................................

II. To help needy people at Christmas time.

1.........................................

2........................................

3........................................

III. To become more popular at school.

1.........................................

2........................................

3........................................



A. Ask a partner if he/she can do the following activities.

Model:

S1: Can you...?

S2: Yes, I can / No, I can't

1.Play a musical instrument?

2. Practice karate?

3.Turn somersaults?

4. Skate?

5. Play badminton?

6. Play table tennis?

7. Juggle with balls?

8. Juggle with chainsaws?

9. Jet ski?

10. Mix music at parties?

11. Make origami?

12. Speak Chinese?

A. Work in small groups. Make a list of 5 qualities or characteristics a good teacher must (has to) have and which ones he can't have.

He / She MUST:

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

He / She CAN'T:

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

B. Now watch the movie segment. Which of the characteristics you have listed before apply to Mr. Woodcock?

C. Imagine you are talking to Mr. Woodcock now. Tell him what he must (has to) do and what he can't do to become a better teacher.

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

The Hitcher: Modal Verb SHOULD - Advice

This movie is a classic that has changed many people's opinions about giving rides to strangers on roads. I took advantage of the opening scene to have student practice modal verbs for advice - SHOULD - OUGHT TO.

Make a list of what drivers should and should not do when they travel by car alone during the night.

What drivers should (ought to) do:
1 - ........................................................
2 - ........................................................
3 - ........................................................
4 - ........................................................

What drivers shouldn't (oughtn't to) do:
1 - .........................................................
2 - ........................................................
3 - ........................................................
4 - ........................................................

Twilight: Modal Verb for Ability - CAN

Although this movie is apparently attractive just to teenagers, this scene is fun and exciting for everybody. This scene is excellent for teens, though. They like the movie and it suits the grammar goal well. Students can practice the modal verb CAN for ability. They can also learn some new vocabulary about baseball, especially if they are in a country where the sport is not so popular, like here in Brazil.

Talk to a partner about these questions:

1- What do you know about vampires?
2- What can they do?
3- What's good and bad about being a vampire?

A. Vocabulary Collocation:

Match both columns .
1 - Pitch

2 - Hit

3 - Run

4 - Handle

5 - Jump

6 - smell

( ) the baseball precisely

( ) the baseball hard

( ) fast

( ) the bat with agility

( ) high

( ) different perfumes easily
- . The Cullens

- . The Nomads

Observe the movie segment below. There you will see The Cullens, the group of vampires playing baseball, and the Nomads, the group of vampires who arrive later. Then write down sentences saying what the Cullens and the Nomads can do that we, humans, can't. Use the matching exercise items and others.

1 ..........................................................................................

2 ........................................................................................

3 .........................................................................................

4 .........................................................................................

5 .........................................................................................

6 ........................................................................................

Talk to a partner and decide:

What super powers would you like to have?

I can .........................., ................................., and ......................................

Answer Key - Matching may vary:

1. Pitch the ball precisely

2. Hit the ball hard

3. Run extremely fast

4. Handle the bat with agility

5. Jump high

6. smell different perfumes easily

How to prepare your own video activity:

- Select a scene in which the characters can perform different activities, like skills or sports.

- Ask students to write about what they see and what activities they can (not) perform.

A. Watch the movie segment.

B. In column 1, write YES if you believe it is a possible explanation for the mystery, and NO if you believe it is an impossible explanation.

In column 2, check the items that the characters in the movie believe are possible explanations for what is in the mist.

WHAT IS (IN) THE MIST?

MY OPINION / THE CHARACTERS’ OPINIONS

( ) ( ) A military operation

( ) ( ) A pollution cloud

( ) ( ) A terrorist attack

( ) ( ) Some kind of chemical explosion

( ) ( ) Death

( ) ( ) Just their imagination

( ) ( ) An earthquake

( ) ( ) Aliens

( ) ( ) The end of days

( ) ( ) A poisonous gas cloud

( ) ( ) A nuclear explosion

( ) ( ) A war simulation

C. Now write sentences with might, could or can’t to express possibility or impossibility, speculating about what is in the mist.

Might

1 ………………………………………………………………………………..
2 ……………………………………………………………………………….

Could

1 ………………………………………………………………………………..
2 ………………………………………………………………………………..

Can’t

1.…………………………………………………………………………………..
2 ………………………………………………………………………………....

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