Aug 24, 2013

Midnight in Paris, To Rome with Love & The Smurfs: Superlatives with Nouns


These three movies show three famous  cities -  Paris, Rome and New York. I used these scenes to compare cities, using nouns. I love Woody Allen - especially Midnight in Paris. I simply had to use these opening scenes. They are lovely.






I. Talk to a partner about the following questions.

1. What is your favorite city in the world? Justify your answer.

2. What must a city have to be perfect for you?

3. What is your opinion about the city you live in? What can be improved?

4. What would you change about the city you live in?

II. Watch the movie segment. Look at the items below. Write P if you think they are more evident in Paris (Midnight in Paris), R in Rome (To Rome with Love) or in NY (The Smurfs). Remember the rules:


Count Nouns

Non-count Nouns

as many ______________ as
as much ___________________ as

the most ______________ of the group
the most __________________ of the group


the fewest ______________ of the group
the least __________________ of the group









 Example:

Superlatives describe a particular quality to the highest degree when compared to the same quality found elsewhere. So, we might say All the cities have a lot of cars in the streets, but I’d say New York has the most cars in the streets. OR Rome has the fewest cars in the streets. OR Paris has as many cars in the streets as New York and Rome.



( ) Cars in the street
( ) Motorcycles in the streets.
( ) Famous monuments
( ) Traffic
( ) Tourists
( ) Advertisement
( ) Taxis
( ) Pollution
( ) Cafes
( ) Entertainment


III. Write sentences, following the example. Compare the three cities shown in the segments.


1 _____________________________________
2 _____________________________________
3 _____________________________________
4 _____________________________________
5 _____________________________________
6 _____________________________________
7 _____________________________________
8 _____________________________________
9 _____________________________________
10 ____________________________________


Midnight in Paris

video


To Rome with Love
video



The Smurfs





video
















ANSWERS WILL VARY


WORKSHEET

MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - TO ROME WITH LOVE

MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - THE SMURFS

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very good piece of work! Students enjoy this type of activities!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks. Come back often.

Tamara said...

I went to your workshop in TESOL (Dallas, I believe), and it was spot-on perfect! With my intermediate grammar students at The New School (an Intensive English Program prior to matriculating in college), these video briefs and their associated tasks are a HIT!! I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate the copious work you have done with the delightful medium of movies! Le agradezco muchisimo!
~Tamara

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Tamara,
It is wonderful that you managed to see me in Dallas. I'm glad you're spreading the words around you, especially with your students. Thanks for the feedback. See you.