Jun 21, 2009

Rachel Getting Married: Adverb Clauses - Conjunctions

This scene shows the wedding of a Caucasian American woman and a black man in an extremely relaxed atmosphere, perfect harmony, and joy. The wedding is very unusual, compared to the ones in Brazil. This activity helps students practice writing adverb clauses expressing opposition in a contextualized manner. The lesson plan fosters a cultural approach to the topic as well.

A. Talk to a partner about the following questions:


1. Tell your partner about the last wedding you have been to. Who was getting married? Where was it? Describe the party after the ceremony.

2. What was the most unusual wedding you have ever been to? Why was it unusual?

3. What would you like your wedding ceremony to be like? (or) Describe your own wedding ceremony?

4 – Is it important to get married nowadays? Justify your answer.

B. Read the descriptions below and check the ones you consider traditional in a wedding ceremony in your country. Then watch the segment and check the ones you saw in the movie.


1. The Wedding march is played by a guitarist and a drummer.
In my country (NO)
In the Movie(YES)

2. The bride carries a white flower bouquet.

3. The bride wears a sari.

4. The bridesmaids wear lilac saris.

5. The groom wears a flower necklace around the neck.

6. Both the groom and the bride tell each other and the guests about how their loving feels.

7. The groom sings a song for the bride.

8. They exchange rings.

9. They kiss each other.

10. They say “I Do”.

11. The guests scream and applaud the couple.

C. Combine 4 pieces of information above and write adverb clauses showing opposition, contrasting the information presented in the movie segment and in your country, which you checked in the exercise above.


Ex. In Brazil, the wedding march is played by a pianist and a violinist whereas in the movie it is played by a drummer and a guitarist.

Answer key:

B. All the sentences are true for the movie segment wedding, but the answers about the students' own country will vary.
How to prepare your own video activity:

- Select a scene in which a traditional ceremony takes place.
- Write down steps that are part of the rite or ceremony.

- Ask students to decide whether the ceremony steps are the same as in their own countries.
- Students write down sentences with adverb clauses expressing opposition with whereas and while.



AL said...

Hi Claudio!
I didn't have enough time to check on all your posts but let me tell you they are amazing!
I'm a teacher of English and I know how demanding it is to create this kind of activities. This is an incredible work! Thank you a lot for sharing it with all of us!
Kind regards from Argentina (I live in Marcos Paz, a small town near Buenos Aires City).
Keep blogging! ;)

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks a lot. I'm really glad you enjoy the activities. See you.

Unknown said...

Dear Claudio,
I read somewhere in your blog that a teacher had fallen in love with your site... well... make it two!!!! My name is Cecilia, I am from San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Congrats on your AMAZING job!!! My in-company students are fascinated with it!!!
All the very best!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm proud and glad you and your peers like it. I'll be presenting a workshop in Buenos Aires, February 2010, at ABS International. If you attend or present there, maybe we'll get to know each other! See you.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm glad you still have this up, because I am using "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" and was thinking about how to do this. Thank you!!