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Penelope in the Treehouse Lesson Plan

This ESL lesson plan is designed around a short film titled Penelope in the Treehouse and the theme of families. In the lesson students watch but don’t hear the start of a short film, decide what is happening and what the characters are saying, predict the rest of the story and write a story.

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This ESL lesson plan is designed around a short film titled Penelope in the Treehouse and the theme of families. In the lesson students watch but don’t hear the start of a short film, decide what is happening and what the characters are saying, predict the rest of the story and write a story.

 

 

Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)

Learner type: All ages

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, predicting and writing a story, discussing a film

Topic: Families

Language: Vocabulary related to families, past simple tense

 

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17 comments on “Penelope in the Treehouse Lesson Plan

  1. Nigel Paramor says:

    Thanks. I think you have mixed up the film and the instructions for this one?

    1. Thanks for the heads up, Nigel. Sorted now!
      All the best,
      Kieran

  2. Thanks for all the work you do, which is the source of incredible inspiration. I am a fil lover and I tend to use films whenever I can. I will most definitely buy your book.

    1. Hi Lilly,
      Thanks a lot for commenting. I hope you and your students enjoy the films and lessons. I hope you like my book too 🙂 Thanks for the support.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  3. Thanks for sharing such amazing lessons!
    Best regards from Mexico!

    1. Hi Omar,
      Thanks a lot for commenting. I’m very happy you like the lessons so much.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  4. Jonathan Langager says:

    Thanks for choosing my short film to use with this! It would be gratifying to know if it is in fact used in a classroom.

    1. Hi Jonathan,
      Thanks very much for commenting. First of all, congratulations on a wonderful film. Secondly, I can assure you the film will be used by hundreds of teachers; I’m sure their students will love it!
      All the best,
      Kieran

      1. Timothy Rutnicki says:

        I can confirm this. I’m an ESL teacher in Turkey. I used it today and my students loved it. Thank you very much for this short film!

        1. Hi Timothy,
          Thanks for commenting. Very happy you can confirm the film is being shown and enjoyed in classrooms!
          All the best,
          Kieran

          1. Jonathan Langager says:

            That’s wonderful to hear!

      2. I just did this with my Korean students in Dubai. We all thoroughly enjoyed the film and the lesson plan. Great for conversational practice. I will be donating soon. I was wondering if there is a transcript for the film? Or subtitles? My students want to watch it again but it’s difficult for them. Thank you!

        1. Hi Stephanie,

          I’m happy you all enjoyed the film and the lesson. With regard to the transcript I simply haven’t got time to transcribe scripts for teacher. Each lesson takes about 10 hours of my time.

          Cheers,

          Kieran

    2. I’ll be using it in a few minutes for an online class in Brazil!
      Congrats to both of you and many thanks!!!

      1. I hope your students enjoy the lesson, Isabel.
        Cheers,
        Kieran

  5. Hi Kieran,

    Just to let you know that we’ve shortlisted this blog post for this month’s TeachingEnglish blog award and I’ll be putting up a post about it on today’s TeachingEnglish Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TeachingEnglish.BritishCouncil, if you’d like to check there for comments.

    Best,
    Ann

    1. Hi Ann,
      Thanks very much for letting me know; I’m honoured to be nominated.
      All the best,
      Kieran

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