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Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals

Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals contains a series of movie segments and
activities to assess or practice grammar points through fun, challenging exercises.
Here you will find the movie segments, the lesson plans, printable worksheets with
answer key for each activity, and the tips to develop your own grammar activities
with the DVDs you have at home. New activities are posted regularly. Teaching
grammar with movie segments is inspiring and highly motivating.

Dec 15, 2017

Storks: Used to x Simple Present

Watch the movie segment and write sentences saying what the storks job used to be
like. Then write sentences saying what their jobs are like nowadays.

What their jobs used to be like? What did storks use to do?

What their jobs are like nowadays. What do storks do?

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Nov 30, 2017
The Great Wall & Baraka: Both...

Talk to partner. Can you explain the difference between a Ritual and a Tradition?

Share your guesses with the class.

Read the paragraphs about tradition and ritual.

� Tradition is a generic term that encompasses a wide variety of things and
concepts that are handed down by one generation to another. A tradition is an act,
behavior, or a belief system which has a special significance for the members of
the society.

� Ritual is an act or a series of acts that are performed or observed in a society.

In every society, important functions, events, ceremonies, festivals are marked by
certain acts or a series of acts that are perceived to have a symbolic value.
Rituals are observed almost religiously because, in most cases, they have a
religious backing and, therefore, considered important for individuals in the
society. It is the presence of rituals that make an event formal and traditional.

According to the definitions above, decide which situations are rituals and

a handshake to greet others

the practice to honor and respect the seniors
exchanging wedding rings on the alter
bride's wearing white on the wedding day
2, 4

1, 3

Watch the movie segment from the movie The Great Wall and make a list of acts
involved in the rituals of the scene. Can you see any traditions? Have in mind the
acts, clothes, feelings, etc.

Watch the segment from the fantastic movie, Baraka, and compare both rituals.
Write sentences with BOTH:


Both means 'this one and that one', 'these two together', 'at the same time' (it
always precedes two elements):

Ex: Both my parents are from Brazil. My mother is from Salvador and so is my

Ex: Burger King sells both burgers and fries. Burg sells burgers and also fries.

Both can also be used as a pronoun:

Ex: Both of them work near their homes. Those two people work near their homes.

Ex: I saw two shirts in the store and I bought them both.

I saw two shirts in the store and I bought the two of them.
1 - ________________
2 - ________________
3 - ________________
4 - ________________
5 - ________________




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Tags: both, paired conjunctions, quantifiers
Nov 15, 2017
Allied: Prepositions

I. Watch the movie segment and fill in the blanks with the correct preposition,
according to the segment.

1. The soldier fell __________ (in / on / at) the sand of countless dunes. He
started walking _________ (in / on / at) the desert.

2. The desert is ___________ (in/ at / on) Morocco and the passage happened
_______ (in/ on / at) 1943.

3. He was wearing a scarf __________ (under / around/ over) his head. He finally
found a sandy road and started walking ______ (on / at/ back) it.

4. There were many documents ______ (in/ on / at) his suitcase. There were two
machine guns ___________ (in/ on / at) a compartment _________ (under/ behind/ by)
his personal belongings.

5. There was a wedding ring ____ (in/ around / at) a small blue box.

Answer key:

1. on - in
2. in - in
3. around - on
4. in - in - under
5 - in

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Tags: prepositions, prepositions of place, prepositions of place and time,
prepositions of time
Oct 25, 2017
Hotel Transylvania 2: Simple Present

Watch a traditional monster wedding in the segment. Make a list of a few things
that happen during a wedding and that do not happen in a traditional human wedding.
Then write a few things that happen in both monsters and humans weddings. Pay close
attention to the guests, families, maid of honors, the bride and the groom, the
decoration, among other features

It happens in a monster's wedding but not in a human's one.


It happens in both a monster's and in a human's wedding,


Discuss in pairs:

1. What's your opinion about this kind of wedding?

2. Talk about an unusual wedding you have gone to or seen on TV.
3. Talk about the kind of wedding you would like to have (or talk about your own



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Tags: simple present
Oct 15, 2017
Sing: WH-Questions
This is one of my favorite movies I have seen this year. You can't miss it.
Watch the movie segment:

These are a few of the characters of the movie "Sing". Write questions to the
answers below.

1) _________________________________________________ ?
Johnny sings in an alley.
2) __________________________________________________ ?
He sings romantic songs.
3) ___________________________________________________ ?
Rosita sings in the kitchen while she feeds the children.
4) ___________________________________________________ ?
She has many children.
5) ___________________________________________________ ?
Ash plays the guitar.
6) ____________________________________________________ ?
Meena sings very well, but she is very shy.
7) ____________________________________________________ ?
Mike plays the saxophone.

Talk with a partner.

1) Can you sing well? Can you play a musical instrument?

2) What are your favorite singers and bands?
3) What kind of music do you like?
4) Where do you like to sing?
5) Do you like TV programs, such as The Voice, America's Got Talent, among other
singing contests TV programs?


1) Where does Johnny sing?

2) What kind of music does Johnny (like to) sing?
3) Where does Rosita sing?
4) How many children does Rosita have?
5) What musical instrument does Ash play?
6) How does Meena sing?
7) What musical instrument does Mike play?



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Tags: asking questions, simple present, wh-questions
Sep 30, 2017
The Simpsons - The Springfield Files: Simple Past x Past Continuous

Resultado de imagen para the springfield files

This excellent activity was provided by a reader from Argentina, Anahi Pesce.
Thanks for sharing such an effective activity.

The Springfield files

Act. 1: Complete the sentences in the past simple or past continuous.

It ___________ (HAVE) big eyes. It ________________ (GLOW) with a green light
and it ___________________ (WALK) in the forest. ( )
He ________________________ (RUN) when he _______________ (SEE) the word �die�
and ____________________ (SCREAM). ( )
They ____________________ (HAVE) breakfast when he ________________ (TELL) his
family that the creature ____________ (BE) an alien. ( )
He __________________ (WALK) in the forest when he ______________ (HEAR) a strange
sound. ( )
A bus _________________ (COME). It ________________ (BE) the Springfield Orchestra.
( )

e. Homer _________________ (BE) at Moe�s bar. He __________________ (DRINK)

some beer. ( )

f. He _______________ (TRIP) over. He ______________ (FALL) to the ground. (


g. He ________________ (SEE) a very strange creature.( )

h. He _________________ (GET) home. When he _________________ (ENTER) the

bedroom, Marge _____________________ (WAIT) for him. It ________________ (BE) 2 am.
( )
It ____________________ (SAY) �Don�t be afraid�. Homer _______________ (RUN)
away. ( )
He ________________ (BE) drunk. He ________________ (DECIDE) to walk home. )
( )

Act. 2: Watch the video segment. Put the events (a-j) in the correct order (1-10).

Act. 3: Write Homer�s full story. Use the words in the box to connect the

One evening,... so� because�. Next,�

Suddenly� After that,� In the end,�



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Tags: past continuous, simple past, simple past x past continuous
Sep 15, 2017
The Other Side of the Door: What If
This is a scary movie and this scene is really intriguing. I hope you like it.

What if is usually used in the beginning of a question, when we ask about the
consequences of an action. We use what if here to indicate present or future

For example,

What if there is no fish in the ocean? You won�t be able to fish for the family
What if I go home earlier? You will miss all the important decisions of the

Watch the movie segment and say how the main character would probably answer the
question. Follow the examples above.

What if I could bring your son back to you just one more time?
What if I could give you the chance to say your final goodbye?

Work in pairs: Think about two possible answers.

Make a guess based on the evidence provided by the segment: What if she opens the

1. ________________________
2. ________________________

What about you? How would you react to the offer?



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Tags: conditionals, suppositions, what if
Aug 30, 2017
The Beauty and the Beast: Relative Clauses: Quantifiers with Relative Pronouns
Quantifiers with relative pronouns

many of whom - most of whom - one of which - none of whom

some of which - lots of whom - two of which, among others.

We can use them as subject, object or object of a preposition.


She has three brothers, two of whom live in Brazil.

I read three books last week, one of which I really hated.
There were some good songs on the concert's playlist, none of which I listened to.

I. Watch the movie segment and talk to a partner.

1. Describe the scene.

2. What is the prince's personality?
3. What is the curse the old lady put on him?
4. Do you believe in curses? Why (not)?

II. Complete the blanks with a quantifier and a pronoun, according to the
information provided by the segment.

Many/Most/Some/A few/None/Lots/One + OF + Whom/Which

1. There were many elegant ladies on the ballroom, ____________ were wearing white
and ______________ was wearing blue, the singer.

2. The intruder opened the window of the ballroom lit by candles, ______________
went out in the wind.

3. When they saw the old woman's transformation, the guests, _______________ did
not witness her putting the curse on the prince, ran away from the ballroom without
looking back .

4. The servants used to have memories of the kingdom, _____________ were erased by
the enchantress from the minds of the people they loved.

Answer key:
1. Most of whom / One of whom
2. Some of which
3. Most of whom
4. All of which



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Tags: relative clauses, relative clauses with quantifiers
Aug 14, 2017
Batman - The Dark Knight Rises: Simple Past x Past Continuous
This awesome activity was provided by Antonella Amen from a country I love,
Argentina. I hope you enjoy it.

My name is Antonella Alem. I'm from Entre R�os, Argentina. I've been teaching to
students of different ages since 2012. Right now, I am working at a private school
of English and I have a group of kids, two groups of teenagers and a group of


A. Watch the video and answer these questions.


1. How many robbers were there? _______________________

2. How did the get to the bank? _________________________
3. What were they wearing to hide their faces? What type? ____________
4. What did one robber put in a man�s hands? ____________________
5. Where did they put the money? __________________________
6. How did the Joker leave the bank? ________________________

B. Watch the video again and complete these sentences using the simple past
or past continuous form of the verbs .

1. A man _____________ (break) a window and then ______________ (shoot) his

2. A man _________________ (wait) in the street when a car ______________
(arrive) and he ____________ (get) in it.
3. Three men ___________________ (travel) by car while they _______________
(talk) and_____________ (load) their guns.
4. While the three men __________________ (enter) into the bank, one of them
_____________ (start) shooting.
5. One robber _____________ (kill) another one while he __________________
(disconnect) the bank alarm.
6. While a robber _________________ (try) to open the bank vault door, he
_____________ (be) electrocuted.
7. One robber _________________ (shout) at the people when the bank manager
__________ (shoot) him.
8. The bank manager ______________ (shoot) at the robbers while they
________________ (run) and ____________ (hide).
9. When a robber __________ (open) the vault, the other one ____________
(kill) him and ___________ (entered) to the room where the money was
10. While two robbers ________________ (argue), a bus _____________ (hit) one
of them.
11. The Joker ___________ (put) a bomb in the manager�s mouth, ___________
(get) into the bus and _____________ (leave) the bank

Now is your turn to write your own story about a robbery. Use the following
questions as a guide and don�t forget to use both past tenses as well as WHEN and
WHILE. Write between 80 to 100 words.

� Where was the robbery?

� When did it take place?
� How many robbers were there?
� Were they wearing disguises?
� Were they armed?
� How many robbers were there?
� What did the workers and customers do?
� Was anybody injured?
� What did the robbers take?
� How did they get away?
� Who called the police?
� When did the police arrive?
� Have the robbers been caught yet?

MOVIE SEGMENT AT YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqvbv-SB4bg
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I'm a teacher at Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia, Brazil. I'm a Branch Coordinator
and Teacher Trainer as well. I really like movies and seeing them with "different"
eyes, trying to see how I can use them in my classroom. Recently, I have dedicated
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use movies for many purposes, but grammar. Working with movie segments fosters
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