Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals contains a series of movie segments and activities to assess or practice grammar points through fun, challenging exercises. Here you will find the movie segments, the lesson plans, printable worksheets with answer key for each activity, and the tips to develop your own grammar activities with the DVDs you have at home. New activities are posted regularly. Teaching grammar with movie segments is inspiring and highly motivating.
Aug 5, 2014
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Wish x Hope
This is one of my favorite movies. The story is fascinating. It has the magic of cinema telling an impossible and far fetched, but moving story of an amazing couple. I have seen it several times!
The word “hope” is used to talk about POSSIBLE situations that we
desire in the past, present or future. The important thing to note is
that these situations are POSSIBLE.
“Wish” is used to talk about situations that we desire, but which are
the opposite of the current reality or which are IMPOSSIBLE.
I. Here are a few things a mother told her daughter during her childhood and adolescence years. Now she regrets having said that. Rewrite the sentences, expressing regrets by using WISH.
1. I can't kiss you goodnight.
2. I can't take you to your first day of school.
3. I can't be there to teach you to play piano.
4. I can't tell you not to chase some boy.
5. I can't hold you when you have a broken heart.
6. I can't be your father.
II. Now imagine her father telling her what he would like her daughter to be/have in her future years. Rewrite them, using HOPE.
1. Make the best of it.
2. See things that startle you.
3. Feel things you never felt before.
4. Meet people with different point of view.
5. Live a life you can be proud of.
6. Have the strength to start all over again.
III. Now watch the movie segment and check your answers.
Work with a partner. Come up with 3 sentences expressing regrets, using wish. Your sentences have to be true. They can be about your lives, your country, the world, whatever comes to your mind.
V. Come up with 3 sentences expressing desires you would like to come true, using hope.
I wish I could have kissed you goodnight.
I wish I could have taken you to your first day of school.
I wish I could have been there to teach you to play piano.
I wish I could have told you not to chase some boy.
I wish I could have held you when you had a broken heart.
I wish I could have been your father.
I hope you make the best of it.
I hope you see things that startle you.
I hope you feel things that you never felt before.
I hope you meet people with a different point of view.
I hope you live a life you're proud of.
I hope you have the strength to start all over again