This lesson is designed around Father and Daughter, a 2000 short animated film, made by Michaël Dudok de Wit which won the 2000 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Students write a narrative, watch a short film, listen to a song and speak.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (B2.2)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Watching a short film, listening to a song, speaking and writing
Topic: Fathers and daughters,
Language: Narrative tenses and adjectives to describe emotions
Material: Short film, video and screen shots
Tell your students that they are going to watch a short film Father and Daughter. Show them the six screen shots in chronological order from the film. Put your students into small groups and ask them to imagine what story the film tells and to write a narrative based on the title of the film and the 6 screen shots. Give them ten minutes to write their narratives.
You can also show the slides using this PowerPoint presentation.
Ask one student from each group to read out their narrative and get feedback from the whole class.
Show the film and ask your students to compare their narratives with the story told in the film.
Ask your students to discuss the film and talk about how it makes them feel.
Ask your students to imagine that they are the father in the story. Ask them the following question:
What would you like to say to your daughter?
Give them some time to think, and then put them in pairs and talk about what they would say.
Tell your students that they are going to listen to a song called Father and Daughter. The first time they listen they should try to identify any words or phrases the singer uses to express his love for his daughter. Play the video with sound only. Get feedback from the whole class.
Give your students the lyrics of the song, and get them to read through them. Play the song a second time and tell them to read the lyrics and listen at the same time. You can also show the lyrics using the Scribd document below.
Now show the video with sound and then get feedback from students about the song.
Give your students the link to watch the film and ask them to watch it again at home. They should write the narrative of the film and a paragraph on what they thought of the film.
I hope you enjoy the lesson.