What’s the movie? – how to talk about a story

What's the movie?What’s the movie? is an enjoyable activity which introduces some movie and storytelling vocabulary while practising use of the present simple in talking about film plots and books.

Think of a popular film and write some present simple sentences describing the plot and setting., For example:

It’s set on a big ship
It stars Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett
Kate Winslett plays a bored, rich American girl
It takes place in the early 1900s
It’s about a rich girl and a poor boy who fall in love
Unfortunately, the ship sinks and the boy dies
At the end, the girl, who is now an old lady, revisits the scene of the tragedy

Students try to guess the film (not too difficult) and then in pairs or alone write some similar sentences to describe their own choice of movie. The class then tries to guess each other’s choices.

This also makes a good homework activity. I usually tell my classes that they can choose any film except for Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman, otherwise at least half the class seem to choose one of these two films.

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