Aug 30, 2015

Into the Woods: Similes






Similes: a comparison between two dissimilar things using like or as.

simile is a direct comparison of two things. Similes are a easy to understand. The uses of similes can be confusing to people who are not fluent in a given language, because they will interpret the words literally. Also, similes  can change from region to region, and even among groups of people, like musicians or teenagers.

Come up with the most logical similes. Match the adjectives and the nouns . Then watch the segment and check your answers.


CAPE                    RED           BLOOD

COW                     WHITE       MILK

SLIPPERS             PURE          GOLD

HAIR                   YELLOW    CORN

  



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Work in small groups, Come up with similes about the pictures*. Use your imagination!

* YOU CAN SEE THE PICTURES ONLY IN THE WORKSHEET.



Key:


A COW  AS WHITE AS MILK
THE CAPE AS RED AS BLOOD
THE HAIR THAT IS YELLOW AS CORN
SLIPPERS PURE AS GOLD

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MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - INTO THE WOODS

Aug 14, 2015

Divergent: Unrestrictive Relative Clauses

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This movie questions the roles we have in our societies, but it is also fun and thought-provoking.


MOVIE PREMISE:
The founders built the wall to keep the population safe. They divided them into five groups or factions to keep the peace.

I. Watch the movie segment. Then match the factions with their characteristics:

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(1) SMART

(2) AMITY

(3) CANDOR

(4) DAUNTLESS

(5) ABNEGATION



( ) They're their protectors, soldiers, their police. They're brave, fearless and free. Some people think they're crazy.

( ) They farm the land. They are all about kindness and harmony, always happy.

( ) The ones who value knowledge and logic. They are erudite.

( ) They value honesty and order. They tell the truth even when you wish they wouldn't.

( ) They are called stiffs. They lead a simple life, selfless, dedicated to helping others. They even feed the factionless.
II. Write sentences connecting the name of the faction and their roles in society. Connect the sentences with who.

1. _____________________________________
2. _____________________________________
3. _____________________________________
4. _____________________________________
5. _____________________________________
III. Discuss the questions with a partner.
1. What do you think of a society in which one has a pre-determined role, like the one you saw in the segment?
2. Would you like to live in a society like that one?
3. If you had to choose one faction too fit in, which one would you pick and why?

4. Which one you would never pick? Why?

Answer key:
I. 
4, 2, 1, 3, 5

II. Possible answers:

Smart, who value knowledge and logic, are erudite.

Amity, who farm the land, are all about kindness and harmony and are always happy.

Candor, who value honesty and order, tell the truth even when you wish they wouldn't.

Dauntless, who are their protectors, soldiers, and their police, are brave, fearless and free. 

Abnegation, who are called stiffs, lead a simple life, are selfless and dedicated to helping others. 



Jul 25, 2015

Journey to the Center of the Earth: WH- Questions - Simple Present



This is a fun, creative activity provided by a reader, Pedro Urbano, Thanks, Pedro, for sharing your great activity with us. I hope you share even more! Your creativity rocks! Thanks, Pedro, once again. We all want more!




I've been teaching English for nine years working with teens, adults, and seniors. Creating songs activities and especially movie worksheets are my features. Today, I'm part of ICBEU teacher team - Manaus (a dream of 13 years that came true), working with teens and adults.


Before you watch
Complete the chart. Compare with your partner.
HAVE
WORK
LIVE
BE

at home

a teacher
a brother





with family




What’s the man’s name?

What does he do?

Is he married?

Does he live in an apartment?

Does he have a car?



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After you  watch
Make up questions to these answers. Use WH questions or Yes-No Questions.





At the University.

No, he doesn’t. He has a nephew.

No, he lives by himself.

No, he doesn’t. He rides a bike.

He teaches Geography.




Can you make five or six sentences about Trevor’s life. Use the verbs given in the first activity. Then, compare with your partner.



Jul 16, 2015

The Adventures of Tin Tin: Developing Different Grammar Points Exercises with the Same Movie Segment

This post will show you how you can develop several activities - 10 to be precise -  for different grammar points, using the same movie segment. If you choose a segment that shows a series of events, it is much easier, Here are several activities based o the same segment of The Adventures of Tin Tin. 



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The Adventures of Tin Tin
Present Perfect
I.                    Watch the movie segment. Pay attention to the activities the characters have performed during that day. Remember, the day is not over yet. Write T if Tin Tin performed the activity, C if The Captain  did it, and  S if Snowy performed it.

 


1.       ( ) Read the plane manual
2.       ( ) Fly a plane
3.       ( ) Drink alcohol
4.       ( ) Go out of the plane
5.       ( ) Be hit by lightning
6.       ( ) parachute from the airplane
7.       ( ) Have the hair cut by the propeller
II.                  What has happened to Tin Tin, the Captain and Snowy today? Rewrite the items above, using the present perfect tense.  You may write negative statements too.
EX: Tin Tin has read the plane manual.

1.       ____________________________________________
2.       ____________________________________________
3.       ____________________________________________
4.       ____________________________________________
5.       ____________________________________________
6.       ____________________________________________
7.       ____________________________________________



III.                Make a list of 6 things that you have done today.
EX: I have brushed my teeth.

1.       ____________________________________________
2.       ____________________________________________
3.       ____________________________________________
4.       ____________________________________________
5.       ____________________________________________
6.       ____________________________________________




IV.                Share your list with a partner and check what both of you have done so until this moment.

Answer key:
1.       T        2.  T       3. S and C      4. C       5. C      6. C       7. T



The Adventures of Tin Tin
CAN

I.                   

Watch the movie segment and write who can perform the following actions, according to the segment. Write T if Tin Tin performed the activity, C if The Captain  did it,  P if the prisoners performed it, and NO if none of them performed the activity.

1.       ( ) Fly a plane
2.       ( ) Speak English
3.       ( ) Fix the plane during a flight
4.       ( ) Land a plane easily
5.       ( ) parachute
6.       ( ) Count on friends

II.                  Rewrite the sentences below, saying what the characters can or can’t do. You may add – Very well  or BUT not very well.
EX: Tin Tin can fly a plane, but not very well.

III.                Make a list of three  things that you can do very well, three things that you can do, but not very well, and three things that you can’t do.
EX:
I can do very well
I can do, but not very well
I can’t do

I can sing very well.







I can swim, but not very well.

I can’t speak German.
  
Answer Key:
1.       T
2.       T and C
3.       N
4.       N
5.       P and C
6.       T







The Adventures of Tin Tin
Passive Voice

I.                    Watch the movie segment and check the alternatives with the actions that you managed to see during the scene.
1.       ( ) Tin Tin flew the plane
2.       ( ) The Captain and Snowy drank alcohol during the flight
3.       ( ) The plane took the passengers into a thunderstorm.
4.       ( ) Tin Tin landed the plane easily.
5.       ( ) Snowy and The Captain helped Tin Tin.
6.       ( ) The propeller trimmed Tin Tin’s hair.
7.       ( ) The fall killed the Captain.

II. Now rewrite the sentences above in the passive voice. Make sure you write affirmative or negative sentences according to the information presented in the segment.

EX:    1. The  plane was flown by Tin Tin.
1.       ____________________________________________
2.       ____________________________________________
3.       ____________________________________________
4.       ____________________________________________
5.       ____________________________________________






The Adventures of Tin Tin
Simple Past x Past Perfect

I.                    Watch the movie segment and decide which action took place first. Write 1 for the first activity and 2 for the second activity.

 


1.        (    ) Tin Tin read the manual.
 (    ) Tin Tin started the engine.

2.       (     ) The Captain saw the thunderstorm.
(     ) They flew over a ship.

3.        (    ) The Captain and Snowy drank all the alcohol.
 (    ) They ran out of gas.

4.       (    ) The plane crashed on the desert.
(    ) The prisoners parachuted from the plane.

5.       (    ) Snowy tried to save Tin Tin.
(    ) The propeller stopped working.

II.                  Now complete the blanks with either the simple past or the past perfect tenses, according to the movie segment.

1.       Tin Tin _____________ (read) the manual when he ____________ (start) the plane.
2.       The Captain ____________ (see) the thunderstorm after they ____________ (fly) over a ship.
3.       The Captain and Snowy ______________ (drink) all the alcohol when they __________ (run) out of gas.
4.       When the plane ______________ (crashed) on the desert, the ___________________ (parachute) from the plane.
5.       Tin Tin  _____________(try) to help Tin Tin when the propeller ____________ (stop) working.

 Answer Key:
1.       Tin Tin had read (read) the manual when he started (start) the plane.
2.       The Captain saw (see) the thunderstorm after they had flown (fly) over a ship.
3.       The Captain and Snowy had drunk (drink) all the alcohol when they ran (run) out of gas.
4.       When the plane crashed (crashed) on the desert, the prisoners had (already) parachuted (parachute) from the plane.
5.       Tin Tin  had tried (try) to help Tin Tin when the propeller stopped (stop) working.





The Adventures of Tin Tin
3rd conditional
I.                    Watch the movie segment and decide if the statements below are True or False.
1.       ( ) Tin Tin didn’t know how to fly a plane
( ) He had to read the manual to learn how to fly.

2.       ( ) The Captain and Snowy drank all the alcohol from the bottle.
( ) They didn’t have any alcohol to fill in the fuel tank.

3.       ( ) The plane went straight into the thunderstorm
( ) The plane fell.

4.       ( ) Snowy and the Captain tried to save Tin Tin.
( ) Tin Tin didn’t die.

II.                  Now complete the blanks with the conditional forms of the given verbs, according to the information presented in the segment.

1.       If Tin Tin ____________ (know) how to fly a plane, he ___________ (have) to read the manual to fly it.
2.       If the Captain and Snowy _____________ (drink) all the alcohol from the bottle, they _______________ ( have) enough  fuel to fill in the tank.
3.       If the plane ______________ (go) straight into the thunderstorm, it  ______________________  (fall).
4.      

If Snowy and the Captain _______________ (try) to save Tin Tin, ______________________.

 Answer Key:
1.       If Tin Tin had known (know) how to fly a plane, he wouldn’t have had (have) to read the manual to fly it.
2.       If the Captain and Snowy hadn’t drunk (drink) all the alcohol from the bottle, they would have had (have) enough fuel to fill in the tank.
3.       If the plane hadn’t gone (go) straight into the thunderstorm, it  wouldn’t (mightn’t) have fallen (fall).
4.       If Snowy and the Captain hadn’t tried (try) to save Tin Tin, he would (might) have died.





The Adventures of Tin Tin
Comparatives / Superlatives
I.                    Complete the chart with the adjectives in the chart that best describe each character.

YOUNG  - INTELLIGENT – FUNNY -  COURAGEOUS – THIN – CONFIDENT – HEAVY - SKILLED

TIN TIN

SNOWY

CAPTAIN









Ex: FUNNY


II.                   Now write 3 sentences comparing the characters above:
Ex: Tin Tin is thinner than the Captain
1.       _______________________________________________
2.       _______________________________________________
3.       _______________________________________________

III.                Now compare one of the characters with the other ones.
EX: Tin Tin is the most intelligent character in the segment.
1.       ________________________________________________
2.       ________________________________________________
3.       ________________________________________________




The Adventures of Tin Tin
Past Modals for Regrets


I.                    Watch the movie segment. Check the statements that you think were bad ideas.

1.       ( ) Tin Tin flew a plane without receiving instructions.
2.       ( ) Tin Tin  flew into a severe thunderstorm.
3.       ( ) Tin Tin didn’t check whether there was enough fuel to fly a plane.
4.       ( ) The Captain drank all the alcohol from the bottle.
5.       ( ) Snowy was not wearing a seat belt.

II.                  Now write sentences expressing regrets, using the information above:

Ex: Tin Tin shouldn’t have flown a plane without having received any instructions.
2. _____________________________________________________________________
3. _____________________________________________________________________
4. _____________________________________________________________________
5. _____________________________________________________________________



III.                Work in pairs. One student is the Captain and the other one is Tin Tin. Try to convince your partner about everything that he did that shouldn’t have been done.  Imagine you are having the conversation right after the accident.





The Adventures of Tin Tin
Modals for Speculation (Present and Past)

I.                    Watch the movie segment. Talk to a partner and decide if the statements below are True or False.

1.       ( ) Tin Tin has flown other planes before.
2.       ( ) Snowy likes adventures
3.       ( ) The Captain is a trustworthy professional.
4.       ( ) Tin Tin is a brave guy.
5.       ( ) The prisoners died in the accident
6.       ( )  The Captain is an alcoholic.

II.                  Now rewrite the sentences above, using modals for speculation. Decide which modal you will choose to make the odds plausible.
Ex:
1.  Tin Tin might have flown other planes before. OR Tin Tin can’t have flown other planes before.
2. Snowy must (might) like adventures.




The Adventures of Tin Tin
Simple Past x Past Continuous

I.                    Watch the movie segment and complete the blanks with the simple past or past continuous form of the given verbs.

1.       Tin Tin ___________________ (read) the manual when he ___________ (start) the engine.
2.       They ____________________ (fly) over a ship when the Captain __________ (see) a severe thunderstorm in front of them.
3.       The prisoners _________________ (parachute) from the plane when it _____________ (fall).
4.       Snowy _________________________ (try ) to save Tin Tin when the Captain ____________ (land) on the plane propeller.
5.       The propeller ___________ (cut) Tin Tin’s hair when the Captain ______________ (save) him.

II.                  Watch the segment again and check your answers




Answer Key:
1.       Was reading / started
2.       Were flying / saw
3.       Parachuted / was falling
4.       Was trying / landed
5.       Was cutting / saved







The Adventures of Tin Tin
Asking Questions

I.                    Before watching the segment, make guesses about the segment you are about to watch.

1.       There were __________ people on the plane.
a)      3
b)      4
c)       5
d)      6

2.       Tin Tin’s sweater  is _______________.
a)      blue
b)      yellow
c)       green
d)      red

3.      


The Captain drank ________________.

a)      A soda
b)      An alcoholic drink
c)       Coconut water
d)      Water

4.       They fell _______________________.
a)      In the ocean
b)      In the lake
c)       On a house
d)      On the sand

5.       ______________ saved Tin Tin.
a)      Snowy
b)      The Captain
c)       The prisoners
d)      A pirate

II.                  Now check your answers by watching the segment. Then write wh-questions to the answers you chose in exercise I
Ex:
1.       How many people were there on the plane?
               There were four  people on the plane.