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.

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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.
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2) One fateful day, he push too far. 
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3) He fly too close to the sun and he got burned.
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4) And he lost everything.
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5) His wife run off with a musician.
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6) He lost his dignity, his fame, his passion, and his fur. 
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7 ) And when it grow back, it is less soft. 
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8) He was our inspiration.
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II. Watch the movie segment and check your answers.

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 Key:

Kung Fu Panda 2:

I
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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Jun 15, 2014

Despicable Me 2: Simple Past


Despicable Me 2 is one rare case of a sequel that is as good as or even better than the first one. I love Gru, his contradictory personality, and the little girls, especially Agnes. I used this lovely scene to practice the simple past tense.






I. Before watching the segment, complete the paragraph below with the simple past form of the given verbs.


 GET OUT - RING - MAKE - PLAY - HELP - DO - GIVE - CLIMB - FETCH - TAKE


Gru was anxious about his date on the following day. He was happy, very happy. The alarm clock _________ at 8:30 am. He ____________ of bed and ____________ a shower with his toy ducks. Then he  _________ his teeth, ______________ pancakes for breakfast, and _____________ real ducks cross the street. He happily ______________ the mall escalator. In the park, he  _____________ a Frisbee and  _____________ some tai-chi-chan. He also _____________ the drums with a few tin cans. Then he ___________ a flower to a young man for him to hand to a girl sitting next to him. 

II. Watch the segment and check your answers.



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III. Work in pairs:

Think about everything you did today until the moment you entered the classroom. Tell your partner a story about your day this morning/afternoon. Make sure you use the simple past tense.






Answer key:

 RANG/GOT OUT/TOOK/BRUSHED/MADE/HELPED/CLIMBED/FETCHED/DID/ PLAYED/GAVE
















Jun 5, 2014

Grown-ups 2: Modals for Advice - Should & Past Modal for Regrets - Should (not) have Done


This movie is full of interesting scenes, but this one is special. I think it is funny and perfect for practicing modals for advice.


I. Work in small groups. Make a list with five things people should and should not do while shopping at a department store.

Ex: People should not shoplift.

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


II. Watch the movie segment. What did the character do that he shouldn't. Make a list with  your partner.

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III. Role-Play.

Student A: You are the owner of the department store. Talk politely to the customer and tell him what he should or should not do while visiting his or any other department store.

Student B: You are the character in the movie. You are very sorry for the way the manager felt about your behavior, but you don't think you actually did anything wrong. Try to convince the manager that you are right and that nothing wrong happened there.

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May 25, 2014

Planes: Imperative Forms



This movie is not as good as Cars, but Planes has its good moments too. I used this scene to practice imperative forms and to teach some new vocab as well.

I. Watch the movie segment and try to complete the blanks with imperative forms of the given verbs after watching it..



SLALOM - USE -  DIVE - EXTEND - THREAD - ROLL -  LEAN - BEGIN - START - DO - GIVE - LET 



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Useful Vocabulary:
(Cornfield)
  (two plane racing silos)
        
  (dive)
 (slalom the silos)
 (roll inverted)
 (extend)

 (finish line)

The flag marks the start line. Across the cornfield,  three silos are waiting for you. ____________those with a 3-G pass. ____________ inverted and ___________, trading altitude for air speed. __________toward the finish line. _____________the silos. _______________into your turns more. ______________your climb and catch him in the dive. ____________your dive now. ____________ it again, one more time. Come on, push it, Duster. ____________this run all you've got. _________________ your radial-G. ______________ gravity work for you.

II. Watch the segment again and check your answers.

III. Discuss:

1. Do you like watching plane racing competitions? What about car racing?
2. Do you consider it a sport? What skills must you have to be a good pilot racer?
3. Would you like to be one? Why (not)?
4. Are you afraid of flying? Does it make a difference if you are riding a jet plane, a small plane, a helicopter or a hang-glider? Explain it.

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ANSWER KEY:

The flag marks the start line. Across the cornfield,  three silos are waiting for you. Slalom those with a 3G pass. Roll inverted and extend, trading altitude for air speed. Dive toward the finish line. Thread the silos. Lean into your turns more. Begin your climb and catch him in the dive. Start your dive now. Do it again, one more time. Come on, push it Duster. Give this run all you've got. Use your radial_G. Let gravity work for you.

May 15, 2014

Man of Steel: Could x Managed to








IMPORTANT NOTES:


We use could to talk about an ability somebody had in the past. We use managed to to talk about a specific event in the past.
 Examples:

          I could swim when I was six.
Last Saturday evening was tough. I felt good because I managed to swim 6,500 meters.
          He could speak French quite well.

           He managed to speak French to the policeman to explain what had happened.
She could design beautiful outfits. 
They managed to design a dress  which pleased that customer immensely. 

However, with verbs that refer to the five senses, see, hear, smell, feel, taste, and with verbs that refer to thought processes, understand, believe, remember, decide, we normally use could, even when we are talking about specific occasions.

I. Talk to  a partner.

1. Imagine that you are a person with super powers. Make a list of five powers you would like to have, ranking them in order of priority.

2. Show your partner your list and come up with five powers you both would like to have.

3. Think about three things that you could do very well when you were a child/teen.

4. Think about one or two situations in which you managed to do something that you didn't expect you would be able to do successfully, but that you actually did.

II. Watch the movie segment and answer the questions using  "could" or "managed to", according to the situations presented in the segment. The segment is about Superman's childhood and teenage years, as well  his adults years.


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1. Make list with at least three things that Clark Kent could do (general ability)  when he was younger and that his other friends couldn't.

2. Write down three things that Clark Kent managed to do (specific situations) when he was younger.

3. What can Superman do now that he is an adult?


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