Movie Talk Resources

Joshua Cabral and I delved into Movie and Picture Talks on the World Language Classroom Podcast. You can find our conversation on the episodes page of his website, or wherever you get your podcasts by searching World Language Classroom.

To accompany the interview, I wanted to re-post Movie Talk Resources so that listeners have some examples to get started. In this folder you will find ten sets of slides to accompany movie shorts.

And here are extension activities to get the most out of your Movie Talks:

  • When listening to the story being read before doing the Movie Talk, students draw the story as they listen to the teacher read the script.
  • Matching activity: have students match the pictures with sentences describing them.
  • Have students describe one of six pictures on the board and their partner says which one.
  • Ask the students to write for homework a story like the story they watched in the video. Then the next day students get into groups and students read their partner’s stories and decide on the best one to present to the class. The group would tell that person’s story by acting it out and the rest of the class would point out the differences between that version and the one depicted in the video.
  • Watch the video and answer questions on EdPuzzle
  • Sequencing activity: take the story script and put it out of order, then have the students put it back in order
  • Group retell: Have students do a group-retell of the story with each person adding a detail. To make it challenging and more collaborative tell the students if the story finishes before we make it to the last person, then we will start over again until we draw out the story enough that everyone can add a detail.
  • Retell in pairs: Have students pair up. Each student retells the story to their partner in two minutes, timed by the teacher. Then students find a new partner and retell the story, each one taking a turn, this time in 30 seconds.
  • Blind Retell: Project the story text on the board. One student has their back to the board and retells the story. The other student is the coach, who listens and helps out as the other student needs it. The student looking at the board uses the full text as support in order to help their partner.
  • The teacher makes a statement and have students put their thumbs up or down to show whether the statement is true or false.
  • Pencil game. Students sit across from their partner. The teacher makes a statement about the story. The students does nothing if the statement is false. If it is true they both grab for the pencil. The one who gets the pencil gets a point. If a student grabs the pencil and the statement is false, they lose a point. Students can write the statements for homework the night before.

Here is my Pinterest board on Movie Talk for the links to different Animated Shorts.