Jan 19, 2009

Legally Blonde: Verb Patterns - Verb + Gerund or Infinitive





This is one of the best scenes from comic movies I have seen. I like how far fetched, but appealing it is. The answers are on the worksheet. Make sure you pre-teach court vocabulary (judge, attorney, lawyer, court, defendant, prosecutor, witness, etc).


Watch the video segment and circle the best verb for each sentence, according to the information presented in the segment. Then decide which form (gerund / infinitive / obj + gerunds or infinitive) of the words in parentheses is best.


1) The attorney refused/ wanted/ planned _____________ (accept) being replaced on the case by a Law student.

2) The defendant decided/ imagined/ claimed __________ (fire) her attorney on trial day.

3) Elle hates/loves/ avoids ___________ (wear) extravagant clothes .

4) The judge finally refused/ denied/ resolved ___________ (proceed) with the trial.

5) Elle's friends couldn't help / pretended / finished __________ (talk) about the court room in front of everyone.

6) The judge told/ asked/ begged ___________ (the ladies - take) a seat.

7) The witness explained/ urged / swore ______________ (tell ) the truth.

8) The witness claimed / showed / intended _________ (be) in the shower during the murder.

9) The witness denied / insisted/ warned __________ (hear) the gunshot.

10) The judge forbid/ prohibited/ let ______________ (Elle - make ) her final point.

11) The witness admitted / proved/ avoided ___________ (kill) her father by mistake.

12) Finally, the judge prohibited / allowed / pretended _________ (the witness - go) free.

How to develop your own video activity:
- Select a scene in which several people have to defend their arguments - like a trial, for example.

- Prepare sentences with the characters' argumentation, offering the choices of different verbs so you can check listening comprehension too.

- The students choose the correct verb and decide if the following verb is in the infinitive or gerund form.




video


WORKSHEET








https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I_GYgGjxFM

18 comments:

jules said...

thanks a lot!!!! it really helped me!

Claudio Azevedo said...

You're welcome, Jules. I'm glad you like it!

Private English classes said...

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Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks for your really motivating comment! It's so rewarding to hear that. Come back often. See you.

Flávia said...

Congratulations Cláudio!

I don't often leave comments here, but I do come here a lot to get your activities.
This activity is awesome, just as the other ones! Thank you a bunch for sharing it with us!
I wish I could be useful somehow.. as I don't know how I could do it right now, I think I could at least leave this message to congratulate you for the wonderful job!

Cheers!

Flávia said...

Congratulations Cláudio!

I don't often leave comments here, but I do come here a lot to get your activities.
This activity is awesome, just as the other ones! Thank you a bunch for sharing it with us!
I wish I could be useful somehow.. as I don't know how I could do it right now, I think I could at least leave this message to congratulate you for the wonderful job!

Cheers!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, Flavia, for your kind words. Make use of the activities with no guilt! Enjoy them. See you around.

Jamie said...

Hi. Thanks very much. Great lesson plan and a great idea for teaching verb patterns. The film was very popular amongst my students and it certainly motivated them to learn verb patterns.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Jami,
Thanks for your comment. My students also enjoyed both the segment and the activity. This grammar point is so barren and this post's activity certainly enlightened my lesson plan. Great to hear you.

Natzyelly Kesne Gonzalez said...

Its just what I needed. Thank you very much and congrats on your awesome blog!!

Jane said...

Well structured, easy to use and a great way to break the pace in a class. Thank you so much for sharing these activities. I'll certainly come back and use some more. I have some exercises to use with songs if you're interested?

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, Jane. Sure I would like that. I'm not an expert in songs.

Alex said...

Evening everyone, does anybody know how to download the video clips?

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Alex,
Check out this post. It is very easy wth real player but there are other options.

http://moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.com/2008/11/downloading-movie-segments.html

Let me know if you managed.

La teacher said...

Thank you! Very useful!

Gardenia said...

Excelente site, Cláudio! Parabéns!

jose cervantes said...

can i have the answers?

Claudio Azevedo said...

The answers are on the worksheet. You can download it from the link at the end of the post. Here they are, anyway:

1. REFUSED TO ACCEPT
2. DECIDED TO FIRE
3. LOVES WEARING
4. RESOLVED TO PROCEED
5. COULDN’T HELP TALKING
6. TOLD THE LADIES TO TAKE
7. SWORE TO TELL
8. CLAIMED TO BE (HAVE BEEN)
9. DENIED HEARING (HAVING HEARD)
10. LET ELLE MAKE
11. ADMITTED KILLING (HAVING KILLED)
12. ALLOWED THE DEFENDANT TO GO