Movie talks are a wonderful vehicle to give student practice with vocabulary and phrases. The practice was created by Dr, Ashley Hastings and is described on many different teaching blogs. The trick is to find a short movie that uses vocabulary you intend to teach - describe the plot of the movie in Latin either before, after or during the movie, thus aiding acquisition of the words. Below are three short movies that will work with the stories.
First up is a great little film called "Death Sails." It works well to introduce many of the phrases and words in Necare Mortem as well as the idea of Death as a character, which may be new to your students. You will need the added structures of in rate, pirata, piscis but students very quickly pick up these terms.
While there are a number of ways to do a movie talk, I have found for this one, the best way to engage students is to give students a blank piece of paper divided into three sections. Then describe the first part of the movie - to the point where Mors iacit aurum in aquam. Pause here and ask students to draw what you described. Describe the second part of the movie, ask students to draw again and then explain the end and again ask them to draw. After you have described the plot THEN show the movie. The point here is for students to see if what they understood matches the film.
Next up is a short film that could be used with Manus Simii. It is called "The Wishgranter" and the verb optare will get a great deal of use in this talk as it does in the story.
Lastly, for Tunica Rubra, a short film called "The Plunge" might be useful. Anulus figures heavily in this film.
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