Obsessions: Lessons we’ve learned from the ‘Twilight’ franchise By Breeanna Hare CNN
ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post with Answer Key.
The new ‘Twilight’ saga Breaking Dawn — Part I is already a box-office hit for many people, however, there are some who wish to examine the messages these movies are sending out. Here are several (very funny) examples from this article.
“In the three years since “Twilight” bowed in theaters, we’ve learned a few things:
One, while teen girls are a sizable portion of the fan base, they’re not its totality. Two, the first three films of the franchise have pulled in roughly $1.8 billion worldwide in ticket sales (not adjusted for inflation), according to BoxOfficeMojo.com…Three, there must be a just a teeny tiny footnote on each installment’s budget for Taylor Lautner’s wardrobe, because rare is the moment when the kid isn’t walking around without a shirt…But as “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part I” opens in theaters today, we’re recounting 10 other (tongue firmly in cheek) lessons we’ve culled from the series, themes that have been carried from Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novels onto the big screen.
1. Love at first sight is overrated; he or she should fall for you at first whiff. Before Edward Cullen got to know the human he eventually married, he smelled Bella from across the classroom.
2. “He’s Just Not That Into You” had it all wrong — silence, irritation, storming off and mood swings are actually signs of unexpressed affection. Edward Cullen wasn’t always the sparkly dreamboat of a blood-drinking gentleman …At first, he was actually pretty rude, prone to angrily walking away from Bella, being short with her and repeatedly telling her to stay away from him because he’s dangerous. Talk about mixed messages!…Which brings us to our next lesson:
3. Be accepting of your partner’s eccentricities.
Quirks such as eye color fluctuations, superhuman strength, the ability to read minds and family members who try to devour you on your birthday are qualities that make a partner unique. Don’t let silly things like her predisposition to kill stand in the way — every relationship has its obstacles! Just be glad she’s not a zombie.
4. There’s no such thing as personal space when one’s in love.
Edward and Bella are so into each other, the thought of being separated for more than a span of a few days could send one of them into an outburst that rivals a demonic possession out of “The Exorcist.”…5. In the event that you and your partner do breakup, withdrawing from life as you lived it while having hallucinations about your romantic partner are all expected side effects…6. Since you can’t control such emotions, one should be open to falling in love with a human, shapeshifter, immortal or a baby…
7. If one love interest is the fun one, and the other love interest brings the passion, just hang out with both for as long as possible. … 8. There’s always going to be a rumble brewing, and one of you is always going to have to be saved. Edward and Bella are always fighting off this enemy or that, right up until the very end.” read more… (especially numbers 9 and 10) they are truly entertaining!
Level: Intermediate -Advanced
Language Skills: Reading, writing, speaking and listening. Vocabulary and grammar activities are included.
Time: Approximately 2 hours.
Materials: Student handouts (from this lesson) access to news article, and video.
Objective: Students will read the article, learn new vocabulary, and improve their reading comprehension. At the end of the lesson students will demonstrate their understanding of the material through discussions, and writing. The integrated language skills practiced will be reading, writing, speaking and listening.
I. Pre-Reading Tasks
The K-W-L chart is used to activate students’ background knowledge of a topic in order to enhance their comprehension skills. The K-W-L stands for: what I Know, what I Want to learn, and what I did Learn. This one is a wonderfulexample from MSU.
II. While Reading Tasks
Directions: You are to infer the meanings of the underlined words (from the article) and use a dictionary or thesaurus for assistance.
- The first three films of the franchise…
- There must be a just a teeny tiny footnote on each installment’s budget for Taylor Lautner’s wardrobe
- we’re recounting 10 other (tongue firmly in cheek) lessons we’ve culled…
- …themes that have been carried from Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novels…
- Love at first sight is overrated, he or she should fall for you at first whiff.
- …mood swings are actually signs of unexpressed affection.
- At first, he was actually pretty rude, prone to angrily walking away from Bella…
- Be accepting of your partner’s eccentricities.
- Quirks such as eye color fluctuations, superhuman strength…
- …family members who try to devour you on your birthday…
- Don’t let silly things like her predisposition to kill stand in the way.
- Just be glad she’s not a zombie.
- …while having hallucinations about your romantic partner…
- Word Recognition
Directions: Circle or underline the word that is correct, reread the paragraph to check your responses.
- In the three years since “Twilight bowed/broke in theaters…
- One, while ten/ teen girls are a sizable portion of the fan base…
- …there must be a…footnote on each installment’s/ installation budget…
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down/Dawn — Part I” opens in theaters today
- …lessons we’ve called/culled from the series…
- Love at first sight/sigh is overrated;
- Before Edward Cullen got to know the humane/human he eventually married…
- …silence, irritation/irrigation, storming off and mood swings are actually signs of unexpressed affection.
- Quacks/Quirks such as eye color fluctuations…
- There’s no such thing as personal/personnel space when one’s in love.
- If one love interest is the fun one, and the other love interest brings the poison/passion…
- There’s always going to be a rumba/rumble brewing…
- Questions for Comprehension
Directions: Complete the sentences from the article with the words or phrases from the list.
- One, while___ are a sizable portion of the fan base, they’re not its____.
- Love at first sight is___; he or she should fall for___ at first whiff. Edward Cullen wasn’t always___of a blood-drinking___Talk about___messages!…
- Be___of your partner’s___.
- Don’t let silly things like her___to ___stand in the way…
- Edward and Bella are so___ the thought of being separated for more than a ___of ___could send one of them into an___that rivals a demonic possession out of “The Exorcist.”
- Since you can’t___such emotions, one should be ___to falling in love with a human, shapeshifter, ___or a baby…
- If one love___is the fun one, and the other love interest brings the passion, just hang out with both for as long as possible.
- Edward and Bella are always____this enemy or that, right up until the very end.
gentleman, into each other, overrated, teen girls, a few days, kill, outburst, accepting, eccentricities, control, predisposition, you, totality, the sparkly dreamboat, mixed, interest, fighting off, open, span, immortal.
III. Post Reading Tasks
- Reading Comprehension Check
Directions: Use the WH-question format to discuss or to write the main points from the article. Fill in the last column of the KWL chart, if you used one in the pre-reading segment.
Directions: Have students write an essay in which they address one of the following questions:
- Vampires are mythical beings who survive by sucking the blood from unsuspecting victims. In addition, they are not living beings, and are known as the “undead”. Explain how you think the vampire legends began.
- Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (1431–1476) was a real person who ruled during the Ottoman period. He was posthumously named “ Vlad the Impaler”. Write an essay in which you describe this man and why he was dubbed with such a name!
Directions: Have students discuss the following topics either in groups or as a class.
- Do you think that the author of the article is serious about the “lessons” we’ve learned from the Twilight movies? Where in the article does she make her answer to this question clear?
- After you’ve read the entire article, are there any points that you would consider serious about the information in the article? If yes, explain which points. If your answer is no, explain why not.
- Why are the Twilight movies so popular?
- Would you (or ) have you seen any of the movies? If yes, explain what you enjoyed about the movie. If no, explain why you haven’t seen any of the movies.
Video clip:The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Comic-Con Featurette Official
- Vocabulary Prediction
Directions: Based on the title of the video, make a list of words and phrases that you think you’ll hear in this video. As you listen check off the words and phrases you and your group predicted.
While Listening Tasks
- Listening Comprehension
Directions: Students listen for the answers to the following comments from the speakers in the video and fill them in.
- This was the 2011 International___convention.
- Some of the fans had been lined up for___days early.
- They wanted to be among the_____to see the movie.
- The narrator referred to the fans as being___.
- One girl said that hopefully they “might see___ people.”
- “It’s going to be____.”
- “ We’re ____to yelling.”
- The fans weren’t aware that there was a _____ in store for them.
- “They’re extremely____.”
- “They’ve been sleeping here since____.”
- “You really have, like, the most___fans ever.”
- “You guys are so____.”
- “I have a lot of____ for them, They come out and____ meet their fans.”
- “We didn’t ____it at all. We are , I don’t know,____.
- “It was____ that they would be here in 6:30 in the morning.
- “I mean thats like really____ to their fans. It’s real ____.”
1. Make a list of questions that you and your group members would like to ask any of the speakers in the video.
2. In five minutes, sum up the main points of this video.
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You Tube Video of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – (movie trailer)
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