Jan 19, 2013

Planet 51: Passive Voice with Present Perfect

This has been one of the animated movies that I have laughed most. Its humor is clever and extremely attractive to both adults and children. I strongly recommend it. I used this scene to practice the passive voice use with present perfect statements, because the astronaut day's hasn't ended yet, so we can contextualize the grammar point easily.

A. Watch the movie segment and check what has happened to the astronaut since he landed on Planet 51. Fill in the blanks with the present perfect tense of the given verbs. Decide if you will use affirmative or negative forms according to the segment.

1. The astronaut ______ (place) a flag on Planet 51.

2. A boy ______ (ask) him an autograph.

3. A strange pet _________ (attack) him.

4. The pet ______ (chase) him.

5. The astronaut ________ (scare) a boy and his mother at lunch time.

6. A boy on a bike _________ (run over) him.

7. He _________ (find) other humans.

8. He ________ (take off) his suit.

B. Now rewrite the sentences above using passive voice.

Ex: 1. A flag has been placed on Planet 51 (by the astronaut).



Answer key:
A. 1. has placed / 2. has asked / 3. has attacked / 4. has chased / 5. has run over / 6. hasn't found / 7. hasn't taken off
2. He has been asked for an autograph (by a boy).
3. He has been attacked by a strange pet.
4. He has been chased (by the pet).
5. He has been run over by a boy on a bike.
6. Other humans haven't been found.
7. His suit hasn't been taken off. A peer of mine said that he had used a slides presentation with links to my passive voice activities. I was sent the link and came across this really cool and thorough class on passive voice. I'm glad Simon Friend used my blog for his video activities. His slides are effective, fun and constructive. Thanks Simon Friend for these really cool slides. Thanks for linking my site to it.


Anonymous said...

Link para download do trecho do vídeo por favor!!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Confira no fim da postagem. Até mais.

Fernando Montalvão said...

Cláudio, bom dia, sou eu de novo (do comentário acima). Eu clico em download movie segment, depois clico na aba download, aparece somente uma tela preta com o botão de play e uma barrinha, mas não consigo mesmo fazer o download. Eu consegui fazer o download do Água para Elefantes aqui do site de vocês, você pode confirmar se é problema na postagem do Planeta 51, ou problemas com meu computador, por favor?

Claudio Azevedo said...

Tente de novo. O video estava mesmo com problema. Diga se consegue, por favor

Unknown said...

very good exercise, it is both attractive and enjoyable :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you. It helped me a lot when I was teaching my class about this topic. They were so enthusiastic about watching and relating it in our discussion.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Great to hear that. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I would really like to thank you for your wonderful ideas. I've been using your two blogs for quite a while now. And this movie Planet 51 is really funny, my students totally loved it.

Claudio Azevedo said...

I also love this movie. Thanks for your kind words.