Archive for April, 2010

How to train your dragon (esl trailer-Questions)

Posted in ESL, Movies with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by EslImaginarium

How to :   Offering practical advice and detailed instruction on an activity.
How to use a movie trailer

Show the trailer(without the sound) a few times and ask various questions

1.  Which company created this movie?

(a) Dreamworks (b) Pixar  (c) Aardman

2.  Describe the logo of the company.

A boy is sitting on the moon and he is fishing

3.  Complete the sentence:

From the creators of ___Kung Fu Panda___ and ___Shrek___

4.  What genre is this movie?                         animation     family    fantasty

5.  What season is this movie released?      Spring

6. What month is this movie released?        March

7.  What does the boy feed the dragon?        A fish

8.  What animal do you see at the start?

(a) A sheep (b) A cow  (c)  A pig

9.  Guess the rating of this movie:

(a)U     (b)PG (c)12    (d)15     (e)18

Why?(refer to BBFC)               Some scenes of violence and scary images of dragons.

10.  Describe the main character(protagonist):

He is a young,kind, friendly, and courageous boy.

He has medium length brown hair, brown eyes and freckles.

He is wearing a green tunic and a brown waist coat.

11.  Write a short synopsis (plot summary) about the movie:(Refer to IMDB)

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

12.  What year and where is the movies setting?

11th century, Viking settlement,a fantastical place.

13.  Write a tagline for this movie.(1 sentence to sum it up)

Everything we know about them is wrong.

14.  What are the keywords for this movie?(main themes)

Use wordle to create a list of the keywords.


How to train your dragon (esl trailer-What happened next)

Posted in ESL, Movies with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by EslImaginarium

How to :   Offering practical advice and detailed instruction on an activity.
How to use a movie trailer

Play the trailer without sound

What happens next?

Stop the movie at 1:05- Students guess what happens next.

Ask for some suggestions from the students and then give them three options:

(a) The boy runs away     (b) The boy kills the dragon    (c) The boy unties the dragon

Stop the movie at 1:27- Students guess what happens next.


Ask for some suggestions from the students and then give them three options:

(a) the dragon eats the boy      (b) The dragon regurgitates(spits out) the fish (c)  The dragon flies away


How to train your dragon (esl poster)

Posted in ESL, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by EslImaginarium

How to :  Offering practical advice and detailed instruction on an activity.

How to use a movie poster

1.  Ask questions about the poster to illicit conversation- genre,synopsis,characters.

2.  Students have to describe the poster.

ex.  It is night time.  A boy with medium length brown hair is about to touch a blue dragon, etc.

3.  Cover the title and students have to make a title for the movie.

4.  Give examples of other posters (put them on the walls around the classroom) and examples of synopses.  Students have to match the posters with the synopses.

5.  Give a selection of “how to……” movie titles.  Students choose a title and describes the movie.

6.  Students make posters for their movie title

6.  Students present their poster to the class and describe the movie.

7.  Make a slide show of the students posters.  Show them the slideshow in the next class.  Compare their movie posters with the actual poster used.

Extra idea 1 :  Picture dictation

Students make pairs.  A from each pair is shown the poster.  They have to describe the poster to B.  B has to draw what A has dictated.

Extra idea 2 :  book adaptation

Students imagine that their favourite book is going to be adapted into a movie.  The student has to decide who will be the director and who they will choose for the main characters(celebrities,classmates etc).  They will then make an English movie poster and present it to the class.

How to train your dragon (esl title)

Posted in ESL, Movies with tags , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by EslImaginarium

How to :  Offering practical advice and detailed instruction on an activity.

How to use a movie title

1.  Mix the words or make an anagram of the title.  Ask the students what the correct title is.

ex.  dragon to your how train

or

how your dog ran into rat(sorry its the best I could come up with)

For some excellent movie anagrams click here.

2. In groups the students use the movie title to see how many words they can find using the letters from the title.  Give extra points for the longest word.

ex.        rain      round      throw      town

2.  Ask questions about the title to illicit conversation.

  • What kind of movie is it? (drill genres)
  • What is it about? (synopsis)  It’s about _____ who____
  • Who are the main characters and what are they like?(personality adjectives)

3.  Students make a poster for this movie using the information from the conversation.

4.  Show the students the actual movie poster and compare with their own posters.

5.  Students can present their posters to the class.

6.  Make a slide show of the students posters.  Show them the slideshow in the next class.


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