Feb 21, 2010

Coraline: Past Perfect x Simple Past

I loved this movie, but I believe many children might have been afraid at certain scenes of this highly creative film. I used it to have students combine sentences with the past perfect and simple past tenses.

A. Take a look at the pair of sentences below. Write 1 next to the action that took place first and 2 next to the one that took place later.

___ Coraline went through a purple tunnel.
___ She entered a beautiful, neat living room.

___ She smelled something good.
___ She saw her other mother cooking in the kitchen.

___ Coraline talked to her other mother in the kitchen.
___ Her father sang her a song.

___ Coraline ate some chicken.
___ She drank some mango milk shake.

___ She went to bed in a comfortable bedroom.
___ She saw and talked to her friends in the picture.

B. Now connect the sentences above using the past perfect tense for the action that took place first and the simple past tense for the action that took place later.

Ex: Coraline had gone through a purple tunnel when she entered a beautiful, neat living room.


How to prepare your own video activity:
- Select a scene in which there is a sequence of events.
• Prepare an exercise in which the students have to decide which action took place first.
• Students write 1 or 2 next to the actions, according to the order of the events in the segment
• Students combine both sentences using the simple past or the past perfect tenses.


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Anonymous said...

WOW! what a great blog! very useful! thanks Claudio! Cecilia

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, Cecilia. I ho´pe you come here frequently and use the material. See you.

Unknown said...

Hello Claudio!! Firstly I'd like to congratulate you on the AWESOME work you've bee doing, and also to thank you for sharing it. I am also an EFL teacher, and am simply in love with both your blogs. Now, I have a little question, how can we get the EMBED CODES for your segments? this would help me post them at this discussion group I have for my students.... if that's not possible, thanks a bunch anyways! :)

Claudio Azevedo said...

Sorry I did not reply sooner; I hadn't seen the comment before. There isn't a way of ebedding the codes, only to download them. Sorry about that.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thaks a lot! very motivating.

Wallpapers HD said...

Good movie

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Anonymous said...

Thanks 4 all

Anonymous said...

this is so interesting! i would love to use it, but i have trouble downloading it :/

Claudio Azevedo said...

Have you tried the link for the download? What happens exactly?

Unknown said...

the link doesnt work

Claudio Azevedo said...

It has been fixed. Thanks.