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Johnny Express - CGI Short (Tappable Pictionary for B1-C1 level)

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Task Description
Interactive visual dictionary with definitions: after interpreting the definitions (instructions) students need to tap on various things that appear in the short movie. Vocabulary used in the definitions include: beverage, destination, headed, strewn, recipient, unfazed, devastation, suicidal, trip on sg, incinerate. I think the level of these words are above B1, but as the video makes the meanings quite clear and easy to guess, I can easily picture this video quiz used in intermediate (B1) level lessons, as well.
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Scene summary
A tragicomedic CGI short featuring the shipping company Johnny Express, which is tasked with delivering a most unusual package. Upon Johnny's arrival a major disruption ensues on the destination planet.
Video length
5 minutes 27 seconds
Video genre
Short films
Language goals
Vocabulary practice
The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Intermediate (B1), Upper-intermediate (B2), Advanced (C1)
Student type
High schoolers
Elementary schoolers
Business/professional students
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Lesson Plan
1. Put students in small groups and ask them to brainstorm ideas in 5 minutes about faraway planets that host some sort of life. Imagine the creatures and their life on these planets.
2. Have students share these ideas with the whole group and get feedback on them from the others.
3. Tell the class that they are going to watch a short film about a delivery to a distant planet.
4. You can either watch the movie first and do the quiz afterwards, or jump right to the quiz. It depends on your preference.
Follow-up tasks
1. Creative writing. Get students to make up a story about the one survivor seen at the end and another imaginary one, whose lives collide in space, on a spaceshuttle or another planet. They should also narrate how their life goes on in this post-apocalyptic world, where they find a new home, etc. Alternatively, you can also ask for a dialog between the two survivors that occurs when they meet.
Discussion questions
1. What is the likelihood that Earth may one day suffer the same fate as the planet in the short film?
2. What do you think Johnny could have done to deliver the package?
3. What do you think Johnny could have done to avoid wreaking havoc (= causing so much destruction)?
4. How would you have acted upon arriving on this planet if you were Johnny?
5. Who do you think was really to blame for this mishap? (Whose fault is it?)
Vocabulary list
a drink
a place to which a person is going or something is sent
be headed
be going towards
be thrown, scattered all over the place
a person who receives something
unaffected or not caring about something
destruction, the state of being destroyed
wanting to die
trip on / over sg
to hit your foot against sg while you are walking or running so that you fall or almost fall
to burn (something) completely
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