Where the wild things are – book

For upper-intermediate to advance learners of English.

Have you ever tried learning or keeping up to a language by reading a children’s book and retelling the story? If not, you should.

Sue

Where the wild things are.

Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak.

"The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him 'WILD THING!' and Max said 'I'LL EAT YOU UP!'
WebQuest
  1. Who is Maurice Sendak and why was his book Where the wild things are banned in 1963? Go navigate a bit and find the answer.

The Film x The Book

  1. Watch the film review and then say what the differences between film and book are according to the reviewer.

The book

  1. Listen to a read-aloud session of the book Where the wild things are and prepare to retell the story. Take any necessary notes.
Vocabulary
  • gnashed : gnash means to rub your teeth together really hard (ranger Pt/grincer Fr)
  • mischief: mischief is naughty behaviour. (travessura Pt/bêtise Fr)
  • rumpus: rumpus is a wild party or disturbance.(tumulto Pt/bagarre Fr)

Once upon a time…

2. Record yourself retelling the story. You can use vocaroo.com or any other way of self recording that you know (a podcast, maybe). Find a person to listen and give you feedback.

Action-project

  1. Tell the story to a group of kids learning English. It can be from the school where you are learning English or you can join kids from family. Be creative!

English exercises

Questions to ask the kids . Click here

Conclusion

Would you recommend this book to a child? What about the film? Why?

Sue

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The Gruffalo

A series of activities that can be used to teach and learn English with The Gruffalo.

Kids N(b)ook

  • Book: The Gruffalo
  • Author Julia Donaldson
  • Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Learning target: animals and body descriptions in English.
  • Age: 5 (not afraid child) on +

The Gruffalo is a rhyming story for children written by the English author Julian Donaldson. You can meet the author here.

The book

The mouse said, “Gruffalo, now you see, everyone is afraid of me! But now my tummy is starting to rumble, and my favourite food is … Gruffalo crumble.

If you want to read the book before you buy it you can have a look at here .

Julia Donaldson and her husband Malcon Donaldson reading aloud of the book. They are so fantastic! 🙂

The film

TheGruffalois a 2009 British-German short computer animated TVfilmbased on the 1999 picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. We have…

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It all used to be true.

  • Level: A2 +
  • Grammar: used to
  1. Watch this video and list the things that used to be true and then changed?
  2. Why is it stated in the video that truth is a funny thing?

3. Can you use your list from above to build 5 sentences with used to?

4. What other things used to be true and are not anymore?

Sue