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Horror movies: The power of fear

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Life today

  • 95 mins
  • In class
  • Project
  • A2, B1, B2, C1


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to a video about the conventions of the horror genre
  • Create and perform a short horror movie

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Identify the conventions of horror movie
  • Identify the meaning and use of key language in a horror movie script
  • Plan and write a horror movie script using some of the conventions and key language
  • Perform the script

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Activities (9)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No teacher notes

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair, Group. Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the short film then discuss the questions:
1. Did you find that scary? Why or why not?
2. In your opinion, what makes a film scary?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of horror movies and their conventions.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Look at the images and match them to the subgenres of horror movies.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to consolidate and raise awareness of different subgenres of horror. This helps prepare students for the Plan and produce activity.

 

Watch 1

Watch 1

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video and then answer the questions in Watch 2.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to show students some of the main conventions of horror in a short video parody. Have students look at the questions in the Watch 2 activity before watching the clip. Encourage them to predict what some of the conventions might be before they watch the video.

 

Watch 2

Watch 2

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

What conventions of horror are shown in the video? Write examples for each category.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to identify the main conventions of horror as shown in the short video parody seen in Watch 1.


 

Useful language

Useful language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read the horror movie script and then choose the correct definitions for the vocabulary in bold.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to identify the meaning and usage of some typical vocabulary from a horror movie script. It prepares students for the Plan and produce activity.

 

Plan and produce

Plan and produce

Recommendations

  • 60 mins
  • Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to plan, write, and present their own horror movie scripts.
Ask students to get into groups of four or five. Tell them that each group needs to have a narrator and that each student should have a speaking part. Early finishers should start rehearsing their performance. Encourage rewrites to improve the script.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

Think about horror movies you've seen or want to see, and then discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss and the topic of horror movies in the context of the students' experiences and preferences.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Individual
  • Support activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review their work from the lesson, and identify what they did well and what they would like to improve.

 
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