Apr 4, 2010

Freedom Writers: Indirect Questions

Being a teacher, I must recommend this brilliant movie about teaching. It is one of my all time favorites. A must see. I took advantage of this scene to practice the use of indirect and direct questions in an amusing manner.

I. Work in pairs. Interview each other by asking the following questions:

1. Do you have the Snoop Dogg's new album?

2. Have you seen "Boyz in the Hood"?

3. Who lives in the Projects?

4. Do you know anyone who is in Juvenile Hall?

5. Have you been in Juvenile Hall for any length of time?

6. Do you know where to get drugs right now?

7. Do you know anyone in a gang?

8. Are you a gang member?

9. Have you lost a friend to gang violence?

10. Have you lost more than one friend?

II. Now rewrite the sentences above using indirect questions. Follow the model.

1. I want to know how many of you has Snoop Dogg's new album.

2. How many of you ...

3. How many of you ...

4. How many of you ...

5. How many of you...

6. How many of you ...

7. How many of you ...

8. How many of you ...

9. Stand in the line if you ...

10. Stand in the line if you ...

III. Now watch the movie segment from the movie Freedom Writers and check your answers.


IV. Play the game the teacher and students in the segment did. Each student writes down 3 yes/no questions about what he/she'd like to learn about his/her classmates on a piece of paper and give it to your teacher.

V. The teacher draws a line on the floor and asks the students questions saying how many of you... and asks one student to say the same questions using direct speech.

Ex: Teacher: How many of you is suffering from a broken heart now?

The students who are suffering of a broken heart stand on the line.

Teacher says: Student 1!

Student 1: Are you suffering from a broken heart now?




Click Videos said...

great film, great activity!

You gave an example with
How many of you HAS . . . it should be HAVE, shouldn't it? In the film she used HAVE and it would be confusing for the students to do it in a different way, I reckon.



Claudio Azevedo said...

You're absolutely right. Thanks for the feedback. I have changed it and correct the worksheet, Alexis.

Helping North ELT Online said...

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Paula (in Argentina)

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, Paula. I have become a member of your great site. Thanks for the feedback. See you.

Katerina said...

Well done Claudio, I was looking forward to such a wonderful piece of work. I can't imagine the tremendous effort/workload you put into this project. Thanks for allowing usto share it.
Katerina Papadimitriou (Greece)

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, Katerina. It is a pleasure to help other fellow treachers.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, Katerina. It is a pleasure to help other fellow treachers.

Katarina Araujo said...

Claudio, the worksheet for this activity still shows the answer key using HAS instead of HAVE. Thanks,
Teacher at ABA - Recife

Claudio Azevedo said...

It has been corrected. Thanks.