ways to finish a lesson – so that the students take something away with them

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There are lots of ways to start off a lesson beautifully, maningfully, logically, etc. For example, to talk about how your students spent their week (here are 2  worksheets to help), or to ask about their plans, or to discuss the weather/ news, or to remember vocabulary from the previous lesson in some creative way, or to revise some grammar, like here or here, or….well, the list is almost inexhaustible, as I am sure you know). But how do we finish a lesson?

“the homework is on page 5, thanks, see you on Wednesday”?

Well, it’s possible and it happens all the time. But this is not the best way to finish off a good lesson, it seems to me. As we tend remember the last thing we saw/ heard/ did, the last moments of the lesson should be worth remembering..

  • My favourite (and the most logical) thing to…

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Horror Movie Trailers (Explore, discuss and enjoy!) Let your scary voice be heard!

These are  some of the horror movies that you can watch and discuss in class  . I only  have movie trailers here, but if you have the chance to see the full movie, you can effectively talk about the given questions  for discussion.

The Conjuring

This a terrifying paranormal horror movie based on  a true story about a haunted house, a demon possession, and an exorcism.

What’s the story?

In the early 1970s, the Perron family — Roger (Ron Livingston), Carolyn (Lili Taylor), and their five daughters — move into a new home in the Rhode Island countryside. Before long, they start encountering strange noises and smells, stopped clocks, slamming doors, and figures lurking in dark corners. So the Perrons approach paranormal investigators Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) for help. The Warrens believe a demon is causing the trouble, and when Carolyn becomes possessed, they must get approval from the church for an exorcism. Unfortunately, Lorraine’s clairvoyant abilities have taken quite a toll on her physical strength, and Ed worries that she might not survive their latest adventure.

For Discussion:

1. You can talk about The Conjuring’s violence and how it’s presented. How much is actually shown? What’s scarier — lots of gore and blood, or “suggested” scares? Why?

2. What makes this movie scarier or less scary than other horror movies you’ve seen?

3. What do you think about the real-life aspects of the movie? Does the movie make you believe in ghosts and demons? Does it make you want to learn more about the Warrens?

4. Are the Warrens role models? How do they help out the Perron family?

5. What’s the appeal of demon possession/exorcism movies? What do they have to say about the world?


This is a bloody horror remake focuses heavily on bullying, revenge.  The  newest adaptation of Stephen King‘s best-selling 1974 horror novel.

What’s the story?

Director Kimberly Peirce‘s modernization of CarrieStephen King‘s iconic high school horror novel, is a pretty faithful to the book. In small Chamberlain, Maine, formerly home-schooled misfit Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) attempts to keep to herself until the unfortunate day when she gets her first period in the girls’ locker room. Instead of quietly helping her, the girls in her gym class play a cruel trick on her, and even record her frightened reaction for school-wide consumption. Feeling remorseful, popular girl Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), convinces her lacrosse star boyfriend Danny (Ansel Elgort) to ask Carrie to prom. But Carrie’s abusive zealot of a mother (Julianne Moore) wants her to decline the invitation and repent for “becoming a woman.” Meanwhile, Carrie starts to recognize that she has telekinetic powers, and a sadistic mean girl plans to once again publicly humiliate the social outcast.

For Discussion:

1. Talk about how the movie can be considered a cautionary tale to high-school bullying. Is the sort of bullying depicted in the movie realistic, or is it over the top? Does the school handle the bullying incident appropriately?

2. How is coming of age and sexuality portrayed in the movie? Who in the movie has a healthy attitude toward adolescent sexuality? What are Mrs. White’s thoughts on sexuality?

3. Does seeing the movie make you interested in reading Stephen King’s book? Those who’ve read the book: Do you consider this version a faithful adaptation? How does it compare to the Brian de Palma version?

Evil Dead

Gore-filled horror remake entertains but can’t top original. It is  remake of Sam Raimi‘s classic early-’80s horror movieThe Evil DeadLike the original, it’s filled with over-the-top gore, including spraying, dripping, and raining blood; stabbing; slicing; bashing; shooting (with both nail guns and regular guns); burning; and scalding.

What’s the story?

David (Shiloh Fernandez) and his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), arrive at a remote cabin in the woods, where David’s sister, Mia (Jane Levy), is going to attempt to kick her drug habit. Two other friends, Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Olivia (Jessica Lucas), are also there to help. Tension arises around the fact that David hasn’t been around lately, but things get much worse when the group finds dozens of dead cats hanging from the rafters in the basement. Then Eric finds and reads a strange-looking book, which unleashes all kinds of horrific demons into the cabin — or is it just Mia hallucinating? It’s eventually up to David to find a way to put a stop to all the craziness for good.

For Discussion:

1. You can talk about Evil Dead‘s violence and gore. Why did the filmmakers go so over the top with it? What effect does it have? Why?

2. Is the movie scary? What would make it scarier, or less scary?

3. How does this movie compare to the original? Why do you think so many horror movies get remade? Is this one better or worse than others you’ve seen? Why?

4. How did you feel about the main character trying to quit her drug habit? Is she a sympathetic character, or does she seem like a bad person?

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Run For Your Life! – Halloween Lesson Plan

A Hive of Activities

wpid-photo-23-sep-2012-2047This lesson plan is based on an article from The Guardian called Zombie Games: Run For Your Life.  It’s about a 5k run called Zombie Evacuation Race where “zombies” run after you and “soldiers” shout at you.  This lesson involves CPE exam style tasks – Speaking parts 1 and 2 and also Reading & Use Of English part 6 (gapped text).  As with the other Halloween lesson plan I posted, I haven’t yet done this lesson but am posting it now in case anyone else might find it useful.

The warmer is based on Speaking part 1 type questions. I’ll probably do this as a Question Swap.

  • What things frighten you the most?
  • How difficult would it be for you to move away from where you’re living now?
  • How far can you run without having to stop?
  • Can you think on your feet?
  • Do you know how to…

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