Despicable Me: The Pyramid Scene (Warmer)

Kisdobos January 22, 2017

Task description & scene summary

A 2-minute scene from Despicable Me, where it is discovered that the Great Pyramid of Giza had been stolen.

This video warmer is a memory game: students have to pay attention to small details and answer four questions. You can check the right answer by replaying the scene (click the Replay button before clicking Check).

This scene could also be an excellent introduction to the Past Perfect tense, since it features this sentence:

"Outrage in Giza tonight as it was discovered that the Great Pyramid of Giza HAD BEEN STOLEN."

I can see this video warmer exercise as a fun lead-in to a class on famous historical/national landmarks, tourism, Egypt or crime and punishment.

Since the American family embody a well-known stereotype of tourists, you can also use this video lesson to elicit a discussion about how tourists should behave, catastrophy tourism, etc. First, you could have students collect all the stereotypical behaviors demonstrated by the family (e.g taking clichéd photos), then have them come up with other contemptible behaviors oof tourists. Next, you can discuss the responsible and decent conduct that tourists are supposed to manifest.

The vocabulary heard in the newsflash toward the end of scene:

outrage
- fury, a very strong reaction of anger or shock, e.g. "his voice trembled with outrage"

inflatable
- capable of being filled with air, e.g. "an inflatable mattress"

replica
- an exact copy or model of something, especially one on a smaller scale, e.g. "a replica of the Empire State Building"

landmark
-an object or building that a city or country is famous for

despicable
- deserving hatred and contempt, synonyms: contemptible, abominable, heinous, e.g. "a despicable crime"
Scene summary:
Lesson type: Asking about the visuals: Memory game ("Do you remember a little detail you could see?")
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Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License
First published: 2017-01-22, 10:07:33 (GMT+1)

About the author

I am one of the co-founders of iSLCollective.com. 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) The ... shepherd nearly got run over by the bus.

  • goat
  • sheep
  • cow
  • pig

2) The boy, ... , trespassed into the closed area of the pyramid.

  • who was wearing a straw hat
  • who was holding a toy airplane
  • who was wearing a T-shirt with an alien on it
  • whose mother had a dog on a leash

3) There were ... tourists photographing the boy's flight.

  • three
  • four
  • five
  • six

4) The historical landmark protected in the USA was a beer can, whose brand was ...

  • The Big Beer
  • Budweiser
  • the Beer of the USA
  • Proudly American

About the author

I am one of the co-founders of iSLCollective.com. 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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Carmen1972
2017-01-23 03:47:12
Thanks
NMesl
2017-01-23 05:35:20
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NMesl
2017-01-23 05:36:28
Nicely done. I expect my students will enjoy it. Thank you.
pchelka2707
2017-01-23 07:04:41
Very intersting, thanks a lot!
pchelka2707
2017-01-23 07:04:49
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Randi2
2017-01-23 08:22:42
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Randi2
2017-01-23 08:23:03
wow this is great ... thanks <3
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2017-01-23 14:18:31
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2017-01-23 15:53:45
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2017-01-23 22:41:40
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2017-01-24 13:05:58
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2017-02-09 08:57:38
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2017-02-10 11:20:39
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2017-02-12 12:21:38
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2017-03-13 17:36:21
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2017-05-11 11:13:44
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salete
2017-08-19 12:59:24
Great video! Thanks for sharing!