Everyone has Skeletons in their Closet but what happens if one day the Elephant in the Room decides to make the Skeleton in the Closet bring the truth to light? The Skeleton isn’t one to confess to his crimes so easily. Mayhem ensues in this power struggle with a world full of idioms. There are 13 fill in the gaps questions.
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:
- fury, a very strong reaction of anger or shock, e.g. "his voice trembled with outrage"
- capable of being filled with air, e.g. "an inflatable mattress"
- an exact copy or model of something, especially one on a smaller scale, e.g. "a replica of the Empire State Building"
-an object or building that a city or country is famous for
- deserving hatred and contempt, synonyms: contemptible, abominable, heinous, e.g. "a despicable crime"
This is a memory game: students have to pay attention to all the small details in the short film and answer eight questions.
Also check out these two related grammar practice video quizzes based on the same short film:
While watching the video, the video will pause at certain points and students will be prompted to make Conditional 3 sentences on their own to talk about missed opportunities and possible alternative scenarios in the past, e.g. "If the robber had opened the door first, he could have entered easily." There are 7 open-ended questions in the video quiz with example solutions provided. If your students are doing this for homework, they can self-correct using the example solutions (by comparing their own answer to the sample answer they can choose whether to award themselves a point or not).
There is no language being spoken in the video, but it's not a problem since the aim of this video quiz is to exploit the images and scenes of the video and get students to create their original sentences in English based on the visuals.
Check out also this related video quiz based on the same short film (should have + V3 practice): https://en.islcollective.com/video-lessons/deuspi-dumb-robbers-should-have-v3-practice
And this memory game: