Jun 20, 2017

La La Land: Narratives, Paragraph Writing

It is so rare to see good musicals on the big screen that it makes this movie really special.


Watch the movie segment. Then come up with a story to go along with the scene. 


Narrative writing is formatted like a story. This means all narrative writing has a setting and plot with characters, conflict and resolution, and a beginning, middle and end. Even pieces that are not themselves stories are written with the same structure. Like most forms of writing, narratives have a message for the reader. Unlike other forms of writing, this message is usually implied through the events of the story and the decisions or dialogue of the characters rather than explicitly spelled out. 


There are many different transition words you could use to let your audience know the events in your narrative. You could use first, next, then, and last. You could use first, second, third, and finally. You could start with first of all, afterwards, soon after that, and later. 



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Now watch the movie segment and have a narrator read the narrative you came up with as the scene develops. Be creative and imaginative.

MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - LA LA LAND

Jun 10, 2017

Pretty Little Liars: Simple Present


This activity was provided by a reader, Nájila Souza da Rocha. Thanks, Nájila, for sharing this activity based on a TV series. Don't miss visiting her site https://www.facebook.com/theincompany/


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Friendship
1.     Ask to your friend:



YOU
Your Friend
Do you have pets?


What is your favorite food?


What is your favorite movie?


Do you have brothers/sisters?


What don’t you like so much?



1.     Make sentences about you and your friend:
1.     _______________________________________________
2.    _______________________________________________
3.    _______________________________________________
4.    _______________________________________________
5.    _______________________________________________
Keep secrets
Pictures in the worksheet
She has already fallen in love with Alison.

Her father betrayed her mother with another woman. 

She sometimes steals store things.

She already kissed her sister’s boyfriend.

She keeps all the secrets.



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WORKSHEET
ANSWER KEY
MOVIE SEGMENT - PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

May 30, 2017

The Angry Birds: 2nd Conditional

This is a wonderful animated movie and you can use many of its parts for grammar practice. This one is for the 2nd conditional. 





I. What would you do in the following situations? Talk with your friend and follow the example.


1. You are in line and the person behind you keeps bumping on your back.

Ex: I would not do anything.


2. Someone keeps on disturbing your leisure reading time.

3. Someone makes fun of your looks.

4. Someone wakes you up because he/she is inappropriately noisy.

5. Someone sneezes a few times on your popcorn bag in the movie theater.

6. A doctor uses a tiny rubber hammer on your knee to test your reflexes, but it hurts you.

7. Someone is flirting with you, but when you eventually decide to take action and approach the person, you realize he/she is aiming at another person, not you.


II. Now watch the movie segment and check what Red, the bird, did in those situations. How similar were your answers and Red's reaction?


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WORKSHEET 

MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - ANGRY BIRDS

May 15, 2017

Minions: Transitions - Sequence Words - Narratives





 Watch the movie segment and make notes of some actions you managed to observe. Then write a short narrative, telling the story. Use sequence words (transition words) to link the sentences.

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Words or phrases to help sequence ideas or transition between sentences or paragraphs 

• fi­rst... second... third... 

• in the ­rst place... also... lastly 

• after 

• afterwards 

• as soon as 

• at fi­rst 

• at last 

• before 

• before long 

• in the meantime 

• later 

• meanwhile 

• next 

• soon 

• then



Apr 30, 2017

Remember: Be Going To

This awesome activity was provided by a reader, Fabiana de Souza. Thanks, Fabiana, for sharing such an enriching task.






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The film is about an elderly and incapacitated holocaust survivor with dementia who sets out to kill a Nazi war criminal, who emigrated to North America under the false name Rudy Kurlander.









It's a great movie, which I extremely recommend.

Watch the official trailer and give more information about the movie.

Use BE + GOING TO+ the verbs in parentheses to help you.


What is Zev planning with his friend Max?
He ___________________ (find) a man who killed their families in the past.

What is he going to do first?
First of all, he ____________________ (take) a taxi.

How is he going to travel?
He ________________________(travel) by bus.


Where is he going to stay?
He ___________________ (stay) at a hotel

How is he going to remember the plan?
He __________________ (read) a letter every day.
He __________________(follow) the instructions mentioned on the letter.

What is he going to do?
He __________________(kill) Rudy Kurlander whose real name is Otto Wallish.

How is he going to kill Otto?
He _________________ (buy) a weapon at a gun shop.

What weapon is he going to use?
He ______________(use) a Glock.

NOW TELL ME ABOUT YOU

What are you going to do tonight?
What time are you going to get up tomorrow?
Are you going to go away next weekend? Where to?

ASK YOUR PARTNER USING FUTURE EXPRESSIONS SUCH AS:
TONIGHT / NEXT YEAR / TOMORROW NIGHT / NEXT MONTH / NEXT WEEK / TOMORROW AFTERNOON / TOMORROW MORNING / NEXT SUNDAY

What / do _____________?
What / have for dinner ___________ ?
What / do __________________?
/ go out __________?
/ go to work ____________?


WORKSHEET

Apr 15, 2017

The Secret Life of Pets: Farewells - Functional Language




Check the alternatives that the characters used to express farewell.




I'll see you tonight

Goodbye

Bye 

See you later

Have a good night

So long

See you

I'll miss  you

Sleep well

Later


Talk to a partner:

Which ones do you consider informal? 

Do you have a pet? Do you say goodbye to them when you leave home?

Do you act like the characters in the segment?

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Key:


I'll see you tonight

Bye 

See you later

So long

See you

I'll miss  you

Later



Mar 30, 2017

The Jungle Book: Modal for Ability - CAN/CAN'T


Watch the movie segment and write down three things that Mowgli can do, but you can't.




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Ex: Mowgli can swing on trees, but I can't.

1 ___________________________ 
2 ___________________________ 
3 ___________________________ 

Now write down three things that Mowgli can't do, but you can.

Ex: Mowgli can't use the computer, but I can.

1 ___________________________ 
2 ___________________________ 
3 ___________________________ 


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Mar 15, 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Simple Past




This activity was provided by a reader called Magdalena Irrazábal. Thanks, Magdalena, for the contribution.

¨Before you watch
Discuss in class: Have you watched the movie? What is it about? Does it relate to another famous movie? Which one?

¨ While you watch

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Watch three scenes from the movies. Put the titles of the scenes in order:
Newt arrives to New York                                        Scene number _____
Newt chases Niffler                                                  Scene number _____
Newt finds Niffler in the bank                                  Scene number _____
¨ After watching
Scene 1: Answer the questions
-          How many times has Newt been to New York?
_________________________________________________________________________________________
-          How do you think Newt feels when the policeman asks the questions?
_________________________________________________________________________________________
-          What does Newt say about his suitcase?
_________________________________________________________________________________________
-          Why does the suitcase look normal to the policeman?
_________________________________________________________________________________________
-          What does the policeman say to Newt at the end?
_________________________________________________________________________________________
Scene 2: (a) Put the events in order
-          The suitcase opens and a roar comes from inside.    ___
-          Niffler acts like a statue.  ___
-          Newt sees Niffler.  ___
-          Kowalski arrives to the shop.              ___
-          Niffler and Newt destroy the shop.  ___
-          Newt breaks the window and jumps inside.  ___
-          Newt falls from a ladder through the window.  ___
-          Niffler drops the jewelry.  ___
(b) Turn the all the sentences into the Past Simple tense. Write four in the affirmative and four in the negative.
___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
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Scene 3: Write 6 sentences in your folder describing the scene. Use the verbs from the box and the Past Simple tense.
Enter – See – Catch – Shake – Fall – Laugh




Feb 28, 2017

Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter: Expressing Preference with Prefer





Grammar Reference:
Expressing preference:


We use prefer to say we like one thing or activity more than another. We can use a prepositional phrase with to when we compare two things or actions:

Examples:


I prefer tea to coffee.

We prefer going by ferry to flying.

We don’t use than after prefer:

She prefers books to magazines.


NotShe prefers books than magazines.

She’s not keen on coffee. She prefers to drink tea. (or She prefers drinking tea to coffee.)



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I. Make guesses to express preferences. Use the words in column one and decide the correct order of preferences:

1. HISTORY - MEN / LEGENDS
Ex: History prefers _______________________ to ______________________.

2. HISTORY - NOBILITY / BRUTALITY
_______________________________________________________________ .

3. HISTORY - QUIET DEEDS / SOARING SPEECHES 
_______________________________________________________________ .

II. Discuss with a partner. What you prefer? Follow the examples.

1. Fruit / Meat
Ex: I prefer meat to food.
2. Dancing / Singing

3. Hot / Cold Weather

4. Watching / Playing Sports

5. Hotels / Camping

6. Brazilian / American Music

7. Traveling by car / Plane

8. Comedies / Thrillers

9. Movies / Theater

10. TV / Video Games

Answer key:
Ex: I
History prefers legends to men.
It prefers nobility to brutality.
It prefers soaring speeches to quiet deeds.
Ex: Answers will vary.