Jan 31, 2010

American Beauty: Restrictive x Unrestrictive Relative Clauses

This is probably the best scene of this controversial movie. It is perfect to practice relative clauses, both defining and non-defining clauses.


































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A man was shot.
2.
A couple was hugging each other on their bed.
3.
A beautiful blonde girl was putting on makeup in the bathroom.
4.
Carolyn was carrying a gun  in the rain.
5.
A man had blood stains on his white shirt.

6.
Jenny was his beloved daughter.




She heard a gunshot.
They were surprised by the loud sound of a  gunshot.
She hid the gun inside her closet.
He took off his wet shirt as soon as he got home.
His whole life flashed in front of  his eyes.
She used to wear fairy clothes when she was a child.







B. Combine both sentences by writing either restrictive or unrestrictive relative clauses. Mind punctuation.


C. Check which sentences you can leave the relative pronoun out.



Ex: 1 . The man whose life flashed in front of his eyes was shot.



Answer Key:

Correct matching:
3
2
4
5
1
6
Ex: 1 . The man whose life flashed in front of his eyes was shot.

2. The couple who was surprised by the loud gunshot was hugging each other on their bed.
3. The beautiful blonde who heard the gun shot was putting on some makeup in the bathroom.
4. Carolyn, who hid he gun in the closet, was carrying it in the rain.
5. The man who had blood stains on his shirt took it off as soon as he got home.
6. Jenny, who used to wear fairy clothes when she was a child, was his beloved daughter.




WORKSHEET

MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - AMERICAN BEAUTY


video

5 comments:

maggie said...

It's a beautiful scene from a beautiful movie. Thanks for the worksheet.

Simone said...

Fantastic lesson. Can't wait to use this with my students tomorrow. They'll love it.

Claudio Azevedo said...

I hope it works. Thanks!

Samantha Carvalho said...

The video is gone :( Can you reupload it? Would love to use it with my intermediate class.

Claudio Azevedo said...

It has been added, Samantha.