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.
Talk to partner. Can you explain the difference between a Ritual and a Tradition?
Share your guesses with the class.
Read the paragraphs about tradition and ritual.
• Tradition is a generic term that encompasses a wide variety of things and concepts that are handed down by one generation to another. A tradition is an act, behavior, or a belief system which has a special significance for the members of the society.
• Ritual is an act or a series of acts that are performed or observed in a society. In every society, important functions, events, ceremonies, festivals are marked by certain acts or a series of acts that are perceived to have a symbolic value. Rituals are observed almost religiously because, in most cases, they have a religious backing and, therefore, considered important for individuals in the society. It is the presence of rituals that make an event formal and traditional.
According to the definitions above, decide which situations are rituals and traditions.
a handshake to greet others
the practice to honor and respect the seniors
exchanging wedding rings on the alter
bride's wearing white on the wedding day
Watch the movie segment from the movie The Great Wall and make a list of acts involved in the rituals of the scene. Can you see any traditions? Have in mind the acts, clothes, feelings, etc.
Watch the segment from the fantastic movie, Baraka, and compare both rituals. Write sentences with BOTH:
Both means 'this one and that one', 'these two together', 'at the same
time' (it always precedes two elements):
Ex: Both my parents are from Brazil. My mother is from
Salvador and so is my father.
Ex: Burger King sells both burgers and fries. Burg sells burgers and also fries.
Both can also be used as a pronoun:
Ex: Both of them work near their homes. Those
two people work near their homes.
Ex: I saw two shirts in the store and I bought them both.
saw two shirts in the store and I bought the two of them.
Watch a traditional monster wedding in the segment. Make a list of a few things that happen during a wedding and that do not happen in a traditional human wedding. Then write a few things that happen in both monsters and humans weddings. Pay close attention to the guests, families, maid of honors, the bride and the groom, the decoration, among other features
It happens in a monster's wedding but not in a human's one.
It happens in both a monster's and in a human's wedding,
Discuss in pairs:
1. What's your opinion about this kind of wedding?
2. Talk about an unusual wedding you have gone to or seen on TV.
3. Talk about the kind of wedding you would like to have (or talk about your own wedding).
1) Can you sing well? Can you play a musical instrument?
2) What are your favorite singers and bands?
3) What kind of music do you like?
4) Where do you like to sing?
5) Do you like TV programs, such as The Voice, America's Got Talent, among other singing contests TV programs?
1) Where does Johnny sing?
2) What kind of music does Johnny (like to) sing?
3) Where does Rosita sing?
4) How many children does Rosita have?
5) What musical instrument does Ash play?
6) How does Meena sing?
7) What musical instrument does Mike play?
This awesome activity was provided by Antonella Amen from a country I love, Argentina. I hope you enjoy it.
My name is
Antonella Alem. I'm from Entre Ríos, Argentina. I've been teaching to students
of different ages since 2012. Right now, I am working at a private school of
English and I have a group of kids, two groups of teenagers and a group of
the video and answer these questions.
1.How many robbers were there?
2.How did the get to the bank?
3.What were they wearing to hide their
faces? What type? ____________
4.What did one robber put in a man’s
5.Where did they put the money?
6. How did the Joker leave the bank? ________________________
the video again and complete these sentences using the simple past or past
continuous form of the verbs .
1.A man _____________ (break) a window
and then ______________ (shoot) his weapon.
2.A man _________________ (wait) in the
street when a car ______________ (arrive) and he ____________ (get) in it.
3.Three men ___________________ (travel)
by car while they _______________ (talk) and_____________ (load) their guns.
4.While the three men __________________
(enter) into the bank, one of them _____________ (start) shooting.
5.One robber _____________ (kill)
another one while he __________________ (disconnect) the bank alarm.
6.While a robber _________________ (try)
to open the bank vault door, he _____________ (be) electrocuted.
7.One robber _________________ (shout)
at the people when the bank manager __________ (shoot) him.
8.The bank manager ______________
(shoot) at the robbers while they ________________ (run) and ____________
9.When a robber __________ (open) the
vault, the other one ____________ (kill) him and ___________ (entered) to the
room where the money was
two robbers ________________ (argue), a bus _____________ (hit) one of them.
11.The Joker ___________ (put) a bomb in
the manager’s mouth, ___________ (get) into the bus and _____________ (leave)
Now is your turn to write your own story
about a robbery. Use the following questions as a guide and don’t forget
to use both past tenses as well as WHEN and WHILE. Write between 80 to 100