Jul 15, 2015

Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Perfect Infinitive

This is a beautiful scene with a lovely song, Beautiful Boy, by John Lennon. I used it to practice the the perfect infinitive. My adult students loved it and asked me to provide them with the lyrics, so we could all sing along. It was moving.



Mr. Peabody has taken his adopted son, Sherman,  to many places in the past with his time machine. He has seen famous people and witnessed important historic moments. 

I. GAME:
Watch the movie segment and make a list of  the famous people Sherman has seen, and historic moments he has witnessed since he was adopted by Mr. Peabody. Then share it with a partner and complete your lists. The winning group/pair is the one with most correct sentences.


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II. Work with a partner.

  • Select 4 people in history you would like to have known personally. 
  • Those people must be dead. 
  • Both of you have to agree on the 4 selected people. 
  • You must also add at least one question you would like to ask those people. 
  • You must have a different question for each character.


The Perfect Infinitive:

Use the perfect infinitive for events in a period of time that leads up to the present or to a certain point in the past. You can use the perfect infinitive after verbs like seem, appear, and happen.

Ex: Sherman seems to have learned a lot about history. 

You can use the perfect infinitive after verbs such as acknowledge, believe, consider, know, say, and think when they are in the passive, and after be supposed to.

You can use the perfect infinitive after would like, love, hate, etc., for events that did not happen.

Ex: Sherman would love to have met Jesus Christ.

Viewpoint - Unit 8

IV.  Present your list to the rest of the class and justify your choices by answering the questions that follow:

Use the following structures:

I'd like to have met ______________________________ .

- What contributions is he/she said to have made to history?
- What kind of person is she believed to have been?
- What interesting thing is he/she supposed to have done?
- What one question would you like to have asked him/her?
- How would you like to have spent the day with him/her?




III. Who were the characters most students chose?


IV. Let's sing:



Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monster's gone
He's on the run and your daddy's here

[Chorus:]
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better

[Chorus]

Out on the ocean sailing away
I can hardly wait
To see you come of age
But I guess we'll both just have to be patient
'Cause it's a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes it's a long way to go
But in the meantime

Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you're busy making other plans

[Chorus]

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Darling, darling, darling
Darling Sean 

Answer key - Answers will vary.

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