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Task Description
Students work with the past simple form of basic action verbs to narrate the events of this short thriller. In this ESL video lesson there are both regular and irregular verbs in the questions. I used a variety of task types to keep up students' attention.

I recommend this quiz for intermediate (B1) level ESL learners who started learning the past simple tense of irregular verbs. Some of the action verbs come back again and again with different usage, e.g. knock off, knock down, knock over, knock on the door.

I think you can use this lesson with pre-intermediate (A2) students, too, because the meaning of the vocab items that are above A2 level can be easily inferred from the video, so they will likely not cause a problem for A2 level learners. If you wish, though, you can replace some of the more difficult verbs with simpler ones by editing this lesson using the Copy & edit button.

There are a few discussion questions attached to follow up the quiz. Plus, there is a vocab list of all the ESL action verbs and their past tenses.
Video details
Scene summary
A thriller made with stop motion animation technique featuring a scary beast. DISCLAIMER: It is a very short thriller so it may be a tiny bit scary for some faint-hearted students, so it's up to you to decide if this ESL video quiz is okay for your class.
Video length
5 minutes 41 seconds
Video genre
Short films
Language goals
Grammar practice
General topic
Grammar topic
Other pedagogical goals
The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Pre-intermediate (A2), Intermediate (B1)
Student type
This resource is intended for:Elementary schoolers, Adults, High schoolers
Elementary schoolers
High schoolers
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This resource does not contain any images, words or ideas that would upset a reasonable person in any culture.
Copyright license
This resource is licensed by Kisdobos under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License.
Published 12/04/2020
Video quiz questions (printable)
1. Choose the correct options.
Which action did the character NOT do?
slammed the door
arrived home
turned on the microwave
hung his bag on the coat hanger
made a phone call
2. Guess the end.
Who do you think he called on the phone, a friend or a restaurant? Why?
3. Match the two halves.
He took out
his snacks from the microwave.
He began watching
a movie with dinos.
He sat down to
watch TV.
The thunder
woke him up.
He was tired and
dozed off on the sofa.
4. Correct the wrong word.
He went outside, but the rain scared him, so he went back inside.
5. Guess the end.
Explain how the TV set ended up (=got) on the floor.
6. Unmix the sentence.
7. Match the two halves.
The man escaped from the living room
The picture fell off the wall.
The raptor realized that the man sneaked out of the room.
The raptor swept off everything from the counter.
The raptor rammed through the door.
8. Guess the end.
What did he try to do?
9. Fill the gap.
The raptorover the man.
10. Choose the correct options.
The pizza delivery guy knocked on the door then rang the doorbell.
11. Guess the end.
Describe how the man escaped from the raptor in the bathroom.
12. Choose the correct options.
Which action did we NOT see/hear in the previous scene?
The man and the raptor got back into the room.
The raptor held the man in its arms.
The doorbell rang.
The raptor disappeared.
The man fell on the floor.
Lesson Plan
1. Tell your students that you are going to watch a movie about a man who gets home from work. Have your students brainstorm actions that he may do in the house after arriving.
2. Elicit a few answers from students.
3. Watch the video until the man sits down in front of the TV and revisit student answers briefly.
4. Then watch the short film without the quiz (choose this play mode from the blue select box over the video screen.)
Follow-up tasks
1. Cover the discussion questions.
2. Have students write an alternative ending to the short film from the moment the pizza delivery guy rings the doorbell. You can also give students some prompts that they must use in their ending, e.g. umbrella, zookeeper, T-Rex, lightning, fire extinguisher, box of ice cream, bike, alarm clock, helicopter, cellar, etc.
Discussion questions
1. What explains that the man suddenly found himself in the room again at the end of the movie?
2. What role did the doorbell serve in the plot (=story)?
3. Can you think of any explanation why the man had a nightmare (=a bad dream)?
4. When is the last time you had a nightmare?
5. Do you remember your dreams?
6. Do you ever have to run away from something in your dream?
Vocabulary list
slam (slammed) the door
shut the door with force
arrive (arrived) home
get home
turn on (turned on) the microwave
started the microwave
hang (hung) his bag on the coathanger
put his bag on the coathanger
make a phone call
call someone on the phone
throw (threw) his bag on the floor
send an object through the air
order (ordered) food
call a restaurant and ask for food delivery
begin (began) watching
start to watch
sit down (sat) down to watch TV
"to" here means "in order to", have the intention to do
wake (woke) him up
end someone's sleep
doze off (dozed off) on the sofa
fell asleep unexpectedly
scare (scared) someone
make someone scared, afraid
go back (went back) inside
return into the house
end up (ended up) on the floor
got on the floor
knock (knocked) off
hit something so hard that it changes place
smell (smelled) the snacks
sense with your nose
forget (forgot) about someone
when you can't remember someone
escape (escaped) from the living room
get away from a dangerous situation
fall off (fell off) the wall
come off the wall and end up on the floor
realize (realized)
suddenly understand
sneak out (sneaked out) of the room
go out in secret (some people say "snuck out")
sweep off (swept off)
knock off everything with a sudden movement
ram (rammed) through the door
break a door and enter
knock over
make someone fall
knock on the door
hit your hand against it to make noise
ring (rang) the doorbell
push a button to make a sound in front of the door
kill (killed)
cause someone to die
get back (got back) into the room
finnd yourself in the room again
hold (held) the man
have someone in your hands/arms
disappear (disappeared)
not be visible anymore
the doorbell rang
it gave a sound
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