The Princess Who Never Smiled (Reported Speech Practice)

Kisdobos September 16, 2017

Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Fifteen sentences need to be transformed from Direct Speech into Reported Speech, including a mixture of statements, questions and commands, in present, past and future tenses.

Students need to identify and tap on 9 objects in the freeze-framed screen at various points in the story.

This video quiz checks students' understanding of the key events of the story based on only visual cues (it's a silent film, so no listening practice is involved).

Feel free to check out the three related quizzes I made based on the same video:

1. https://en.islcollective.com/video-lessons/princess-who-never-smiled-visual-comprehension-practice

2. https://en.islcollective.com/video-lessons/princess-who-never-smiled-tappable-pictionary

3. https://en.islcollective.com/video-lessons/princess-who-never-smiled-subtitle-completion
Scene summary:
A princess never smiles, which makes her father, the king very sad. Luckily, he has an idea how to make her smile at last.
Video length: 2 minutes 29 seconds
Lesson type: Grammar practice
Dialect:
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Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution License
First published: 2017-09-16, 08:38:55 (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.

KIERAN DONAGHY ABOUT ISLCOLLECTIVE VIDEO QUIZZES:

"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."

Kieran Donaghy,
Creator of FilmEnglish.com, a site with hundreds of high quality, free ESL/EFL lesson plans created around short films

Video quiz questions (printable)

1) Transform the statements into Reported Speech. "Please follow me."

Fill the gap: The jester told ________________________

2) Please go up the stairs.

Fill the gap: The jester told ________________________

3) I am very happy to have a daughter.

Fill the gap: The king said that ________________________

4) Why won't she smile?

Fill the gap: The king asked ________________________

5) How could I make her smile?

Fill the gap: The king wondered ________________________

6) I have a good idea!

Fill the gap: The king exclaimed that ________________________

7) Let's begin the contest.

Fill the gap: The king said that they ________________________

8) Mother, who do you think will make the princess smile?

Fill the gap: The boy asked her mother ________________________

9) The princess is still not smiling.

Fill the gap: The judge said that ________________________

10) What am I going to do?

Fill the gap: The king wondered ________________________

11) Daughter, call a doctor quickly!

Fill the gap: The king asked his daughter ________________________

12) Father, why did you leave me alone?

Fill the gap: The princess asked her father ________________________

13) I'm lucky to have a daughter like you!

Fill the gap: The king told his daughter that ________________________

14) I fooled you!

Fill the gap: The king told his daughter that ________________________

15) Father, never trick me like that again.

Fill the gap: The princess told ________________________

Vocabulary list

  • Your Majesty!: a formal phrase to greet a king or queen
  • cheer (sy) up v.: cheer up: to smile, become happy, cheer sy up: make sy smile/happy
  • announce v.: to make (something) known in a public or formal way : to officially tell people about (something)
  • contest n.: a competition; an event in which people try to win by doing something better than others
  • sheik n.: an Arab chief, ruler, or prince
  • pantomime n.: a way of expressing information or telling a story without words by using body movements and facial expressions
  • costume n.: the clothes that are worn by someone (such as an actor) who is trying to look like a different person or thing
  • lion tamer n.: a circus artist who works with lions
  • however adv.: to whatever degree or extent : no matter how — used before an adjective or adverb
  • contestant n.: a person who takes part in a contest
  • your heart sinks (expression): When your heart sinks, you become sad or disappointed about something.
  • at last adv.: after a delay or long period of time
  • chase v.: to follow and try to catch (someone or something)
  • mad with sy: angry
  • trick v.: to deceive (someone), to play jokes on someone
  • exclaim v.: to say (something) in an enthusiastic or forceful way
  • judge n.: a person who has the power to make decisions on cases brought before a court of law
  • wonder v.: to have interest in knowing or learning something : to think about something with curiosity
  • fool v.: to make (someone) believe something that is not true; to trick someone
  • jester n.: a man who in the past was kept by a ruler to amuse people by acting silly and telling jokes

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.

KIERAN DONAGHY ABOUT ISLCOLLECTIVE VIDEO QUIZZES:

"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."

Kieran Donaghy,
Creator of FilmEnglish.com, a site with hundreds of high quality, free ESL/EFL lesson plans created around short films

Comments

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nurasia
2017-10-11 08:26:36
Thanks
IngridIngrid
2018-02-01 10:49:54
Thank you for the good lesson.
kotkafilemona
2018-02-02 07:04:34
thank you very much
mekena79
2018-02-06 10:18:40
THX
PacoM
2018-02-07 20:25:53
Thank you for a great way to review reported speech.
lilithv
2018-03-14 17:56:35
We've had a lot of fun with the material :) Thanks for the lovely lesson. Take care and please do not stop making the great stuff. If you decided to publish a book one day, I would be the first one to buy it :) Best regards.
ZosiaSam
2018-05-21 15:13:02
Thank you!
jodiwolk
2018-07-21 00:57:56
I love this short, simple video that will allow my students to enjoy practicing reported speech! And, I'm sure many of them will smile a lot during the video!
dubazit
2018-08-23 08:57:47
wonderful!
dubazit
2018-08-23 08:57:49
wonderful!
Ronald09
2018-09-07 12:48:24
Good mourning, why in the second questions the answer is "to go" if the question is in present simple? and thanks a lot! great material!
Dug
2019-01-25 16:25:16
Good one. Thanks
Dug
2019-01-29 10:09:59
Brilliant stuff, thanks. One tiny thing.. question 8 should be "the boy asked his mother"... but great fun...
Pungitopo
2019-05-14 14:04:57
thanks
albayarce
2019-07-14 00:13:56
Pretty useful and creative way to practice with my ss
annasteffi
2019-10-22 07:14:19
Thank you!
daisyCHI
2020-03-10 01:52:43
lovely story . THX
Gwen1209
2020-03-22 20:41:04
Thank you for this very good and interesting exercise!
elenalarioja
2020-05-05 12:45:37
THANK YOU SO SO MUCH ! I JUST LOGGED IN TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME AND I AM SO GRATEFUL ! THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK
rggteachingenglish
2020-05-10 09:20:38
Love it! Beautiful to watch and excellent practice for reported speech. Highly appreciated and recommended!
rggteachingenglish
2020-05-10 09:21:46
THANKSSS!!! Beautiful and useful. Highly recommended!
eban18
2020-05-26 00:22:17
Video was short and clear. Interaction games were fun. Video did go by pretty fast. Interactive games were fun and I like the stuff from this author.
abeeribrahim
2020-06-06 22:16:54
thank you very much
MelixArg86
2020-07-21 19:24:05
Thank you! This is great!
jimecerdam
2020-09-09 18:46:33
ya basta por favor no esta chistoso tu juego pedorro :p
MelanBB
2020-11-19 07:06:23
Thank you!
ZkromKnebi
2020-12-02 14:26:26
Thanks! <3
Natochka1976
2021-01-18 13:28:08
thank you!
Achmad17
2021-03-30 11:08:38
thank you
Lancillotta
2021-04-02 08:40:03
Great!
angelinawms
2021-06-16 23:21:24
Love it! Great work.