This EFL lesson is designed around 2 short films and the theme of books. The Joy of Books by Sean Ohlenkamp is a stop-motion short film which features books joyfully coming to life at night. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is an Oscar-nominated animation by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg. Students discuss books and reading, and write a narrative based on a film.
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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper-intermediate (B2.1)
Learner type: All ages
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Talking about books and reading; watching 2 short film; writing a narrative
Topic: Books and reading
Language: Book vocabulary; narrative tenses
Materials: 2 short films; discussion questions
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Put your students into pairs and ask them to come up with as many genres of books as they can. Give them 2 minutes and then get feedback from the whole class.
Ask your students these questions:
Do you have a favourite bookshop?
What do you like about bookshops?
What happens in a bookshop when it is closed at night?
Tell your students they are going to watch a short film which shows what happens in a bookshop at night.
Show the film again and ask your students to name as many types of books as they can. Pause when you see a particular type of book.
Write the following sentence on the board or pause the film at 1:49:
There’s nothing quite like a real book.
Ask your students if they agree.
Give your students the discussion questions on books and ask them to discussion the questions in small groups.
Tell your students that they are going to watch a short film which is called:
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Alternatively, show them this image.
Put them into pairs and ask them what they think the film will be about. After 2 minutes get feedback from the whole class.
Now put your students into small groups, show them these images taken from the film and ask them to put the images in order and then to write the narrative of the film. You can also the images in the downloadable document.
After 10 minutes get feedback and ask one student from each group to read out their narrative.
Now show the film and ask students to compare their narratives with that of the film.
Ask your students what the message of the film is.
Show your students this image.
Give your students the link to the film and ask them to watch it again. They should write a story using the first paragraph above to tell a story based on the film.
I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.
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