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Classroom Rules with Minions (Comprehension Questions)

Kisdobos September 03, 2017


"iSLCollective Interactive Video Quizzes are highly engaging and motivating multimodal texts for English language students to learn vocabulary and improve their listening skills. They are the perfect complement to the creative and innovative lesson plans on Film English."

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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
This minion compilation lends itself to discussing classroom rules for the coming year in a relaxed, humorous way.

There are Q&A's to accompany seven of the eleven classroom rules illustrated in the video. All the questions intend to clarify the meaning and purpose of these rules. There are 6 answer options for each question, out of which either two or three options are right (so the instruction tells students to mark all right answers).

The complete list of classroom rules featured in the video:

1. No gum.
2. Be a good friend.
3. Control bodily functions
4. Always follow directions and listen to the teacher.
5. Don't tease or bully others.
6. Don't waste time when you leave the room.
7. Keep your hands to yourself.
8. Respect other learners by not disrupting.
9. Be supportive when working in groups.
10. Keep cellphones turned off in backbacks.
11. Ask for help when you need it.

You can put students in pairs or small groups to work out the answer collaboratively.

If the level of vocabulary is a bit too difficult for your class, you can either get rid of some of the answer options, pre-teach vocabulary or try to dumb down (rephrase) the sentences for lower levels.

If any of the class rules do not apply in your classroom (e.g. you don't have a no cellphone policy), you can simply "copy & edit" the video quiz and cut out the undesired parts of the video (with the "scissor" tool in the video editor).

Lesson plan, discussion questions and vocabulary list also provided below.
Scene summary:
A 4:30 compilation of funny skits featuring the minions, with each skit illustrating a different class rule.
Video length: 4 minutes 27 seconds
Video genre: Cartoon / tale for kids (e.g. Tom & Jerry, Simon's cat, Peppa Pig, Mr. Bean)
Lesson type: Deep listening comprehension - Meaning check ("Do you understand what it means?")
Student types:
Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution License
First published: 2017-09-03, 05:55:19 (GMT+1)

About the author

I am one of the co-founders of I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.

Video quiz questions (printable)

1) What is the problem with gum? (MARK ALL RIGHT ANSWERS.)

  • It's impolite to talk to a teacher while chewing gum.
  • Gum attracts cockroaches, which we don't want in school.
  • Gum ends up on the floor, on desks, etc. and it's disgusting.
  • The classroom is not a barn yard. "Chomp-chomp-chomp" is all we would hear if gum was permitted in school.
  • Students do silly things with gum in class, for example bubble blowing, which is distracting.
  • Gum causes blindness.

2) How can you be a good friend? (MARK ALL RIGHT ANSWERS.)

  • I can share my homework with my classmates who didn't do it.
  • I can tutor my classmates if they don't understand something.
  • I can listen to them when they have a problem.
  • I can buy them a soda every day.
  • I can share my breakfast with someone who is hungry.
  • I can pass on gossip to my friends.

3) What should you do when you see a student bullying another one? (MARK ALL RIGHT ANSWERS.)

  • Beat up the bully to teach him a lesson.
  • Tell the teacher about it.
  • If the victim deserves it, then do nothing.
  • Watch the bullying to see what will happen.
  • Stand up for the person being bullied.
  • Encourage the bullied person to talk to an adult.

4) Keeping your hands to yourself means ... (MARK ALL RIGHT ANSWERS.)

  • no fighting
  • no opening the door with hands
  • no shaking hands with anyone
  • no touching food with my bare hands (always use a fork, even for sandwiches)
  • no poking each other with our fingers
  • no touching each other's smartphones, ever.

5) Not disrupting means ... (MARK ALL RIGHT ANSWERS.)

  • not disturbing the lesson with silly things, e.g. a mooing box
  • sitting motionless all through the class
  • no laughing
  • no sneezing
  • not interrupting my classmates when they are saying something to the teacher or the class
  • not asking questions

6) How can you be supportive in your group? (MARK ALL RIGHT ANSWERS.)

  • I can encourage them to share their ideas.
  • I can tolerate their chewing gum
  • I can laugh at jokes my team members make even when they're not funny
  • I can ask for a team member's opinion to show that it matters
  • I can make fun of bad ideas so my team member will stop throwing in bad ideas.
  • I can pretend to be working when the teacher is around.

7) Asking for help when you need it means ... (MARK ALL RIGHT ANSWERS.)

  • I can get someone else to tie my shoelaces when I'm lazy.
  • trying hard, but when I fail, not being afraid to get others to show me how to succeed
  • getting some loose change for ice cream from my classmates
  • daring to tell adults when I'm bullied
  • asking others to let me copy the homework from them
  • admitting that sometimes we need a little help from others to succeed

Lesson plan


1. WARMER DISCUSSION: You can begin by asking students what classroom rules they suggest.

2. PRE-TEACH VOCABULARY: Because of the numerous options provided with the questions, you may want to pre-teach some of the more difficult words to your students before watching the clip and doing the quiz, especially if you're using the lesson below B1 level. Alternatively, to reduce the workload created by the vocabulary, you may also choose to reduce the number of options. If so, you can use them later by asking students to match each unused option with one of the class rules.

Follow-up tasks

1. DISCUSSION: You can compare the suggestions the students made in the beginning with the ones in the video. Was any of the suggestions included in the video?

2. DRAW & MAKE A POSTER: Put students in pairs and have each pair draw a different class rule featuring Minions (or any other theme, if you wish). You can make a collage of the drawings and hang it up as a classroom poster.

3. USE REALIA: The next class, as a reminder, you can bring some tangible objects (possibly, making references to the minion skits) and let students guess which rule they refer to. For example, a chewing gum ("No gum"), an umbrella ("Be a good friend"), a remote control ("Always follow instructions of the teacher"), a party wig ("Don't tease or bully each other"), a glass of water ("Don't waste time when you leave the room"), box gloves ("Keep your hands to yourself"), a rubber pig that makes a squeak when squeezed - a toy for dogs ("Respect other learners by not disrupting"), a party whistle ("Be supportive when working in groups"), a cell phone ("Keep cellphones turned off in backpacks"), a light bulb ("Ask for help when you need it")

Discussion questions

1. Which was your favorite Minion skit?

2. Is there any rule that you do not agree with?

3. Which is the most important rule to make us a happy class?

4. Are there any other rules (not mentioned in the video) that we should have?

5. Why is it important to agree on the rules at the beginning of the school year?

6. What should happen when someone breaks any of the rules? Should we consider breaking any and each of the rules an equally serious problem?

Vocabulary list

  • (chewing) gum n.: a type of soft candy that you chew on but do not swallow
  • impolite adj.: not polite, rude
  • attract v.: to cause (someone or something) to go to or move to or toward a place
  • cockroach n.: a black or brown insect that is sometimes found in people's homes
  • end up v.: to reach or come to a place, condition, or situation that was not planned or expected
  • barn yard n.: an area of ground near a barn that usually has a fence around it to keep animals inside
  • permit v.: to allow (something) to happen : to give permission for (something)
  • permitted adj.: allowed, legal, acceptable
  • distracting adj.: taking (attention) away from someone or something
  • cause blindness v.: make somebody unable to see (blind)
  • tutor v.: to teach a single student : to teach someone as a tutor
  • soda n.: a drink consisting of soda water, flavoring, and a sweet syrup
  • pass on v.: to give (information) to another person
  • gossip n. (uncountable): information about the behavior and personal lives of other people
  • beat up v.: to hit (someone) repeatedly in order to cause pain or injury
  • bully n.: someone who frightens, hurts, or threatens smaller or weaker people
  • bully v.: to frighten, hurt, or threaten smaller or weaker people
  • tease v.: to laugh at and criticize (someone) in a way that is either friendly and playful or cruel and unkind
  • teach sy a lesson: punish them for something that they have done so that they do not do it again
  • victim n.: a person who is cheated, ridiculed or fooled by someone else
  • deserve v.: used to say that someone or something should or should not have or be given something
  • stand up for sy v.: to defend or support a particular idea or a person who is being criticized or attacked
  • encourage v.: to make (someone) more determined, hopeful, or confident
  • fork n.: a small tool with two or more pointed parts (called prongs or tines) used for picking up and eating food
  • bare hands n.: just your hands, and nothing else
  • poke v.: to push your finger or something thin or pointed into or at someone or something
  • disrupt v.: to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the normal way : to interrupt the normal progress or activity of (something)
  • motionless adj.: not moving, completely still
  • sneeze v.: to suddenly force air out through your nose and mouth with a usually loud noise because your body is reacting to dust, a sickness, etc.
  • interrupt v.: to ask questions or say things while another person is speaking : to do or say something that causes someone to stop speaking
  • supportive adj.: giving help or encouragement to someone
  • tolerate v.: to allow (something that is bad, unpleasant, etc.) to exist, happen, or be done
  • make jokes v.: to say something to make people laugh
  • matter v.: to be important
  • make fun of (sg/sy): to make others laugh at a person; ridicule someone,
  • pretend v.: to act as if something is true when it is not true
  • shoelaces n.: a long, thin material like a string that is used for tying a shoe
  • try hard v.: to make a big effort to succeed
  • fail v.: to not succeed : to end without success
  • succeed v.: to achieve the correct or desired result, to be successful
  • admit v.: to say usually in an unwilling way that you accept something to be true
  • loose change n.: coins that a person is carrying
  • dare v.: to have enough courage or confidence to do something : to not be too afraid to do something

About the author

I am one of the co-founders of I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.


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2017-09-03 18:27:44
2017-09-03 18:29:00
Pretty nice to use in classroom at any level!!! Congratulations!
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2017-09-04 13:17:03
Thanks a million! This activity is really useful, great idea!
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2017-11-09 17:16:15
It's so useful. Thanks a million!
2017-11-11 14:22:27
2018-01-08 19:02:21
Thank you! I will play your video tomorrow with my class.
2018-02-18 01:50:45
I love the fun way the rules were talked about here. Thanks!
2018-02-24 20:16:41
Truly fantastic!!!! Thanks
2018-03-01 03:38:45
Really usefull for this time of year! Thanks!
2018-03-09 17:31:03
2018-05-13 16:04:47
A fun way to introduce some rules into the class. Thank you very much for a great video!
2018-05-15 11:02:19
2018-09-02 19:20:11
thank you so much! I'll use it with my 7th graders
2018-09-02 19:20:13
thank you so much! I'll use it with my 7th graders
2018-09-02 20:47:56
thanks for your work it´s excellente
2018-09-04 20:22:46
Thank you.
2018-09-13 09:06:56
Great!!! Thank you for such a useful and funny video.
2019-01-11 16:53:27
Amazing idea!