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Lesson 9: Time Magazine

Lesson 9: Time Magazine

Students read Time Magazine movie reviews and discuss the movie plots.

Level:  Advanced

Topic:  Movies

Time:  90 minutes



  1. Explain the plot of four movies.


  1. Students summarize the article in their groups and explain the movie to a partner.


  • Make one copy of Movie Articles.


Warm up (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to get a partner and discuss the question while you check the homework.
    • “What kind of movies do you like?”
  • Discuss together as a class.  


Movie Articles (35 minutes)

  • Time Magazine is an American weekly news magazine. It is the world’s largest news magazine. It started in 1923. It was the first weekly news magazine in the US. It was bought by Time Warner in 1989, so it is run by the same company that runs CNN.
  • Ask the students to get into 4 groups. Assign each group a letter: A, B, C, D.
  • Give each group the movie article that corresponds with their group letter. Write the movies on the board.
    • Movie A: The New Harry Potter: A Hollow Hallows
    • Movie B: Dream Works’ 3D Megamind: That’s Incredibles!
    • Movie C: Morning Glory’s Rachel McAdams: When Perky Makes Perfect
    • Movie D: Due Date: Downey, Galifianakis and Road Rage
  • Ask the students to read the movie article and write a summary on the paper.
  • Ask the students to try to remember as much information as possible about the movie.
  • Collect the articles and summaries.


Jigsaw Speaking (30 minutes)

  • Ask the students to stand up and get a partner from another group. Write the partners on the board (See Notes below).


  • Then, ask the students to get back into their original groups.
  • Ask the students to discuss one of the stories together with their group and write a summary together.
    • Group A: Talk about D movie.
    • Group B: Talk about C movie.
    • Group C: Talk about B movie.
    • Group D: Talk about A movie.


Whole Class Discussion (15 minutes)

  • Ask each group to present their summary to the class.
  • Ask the other students to correct any mistakes.
  • Give the original summaries to the groups to check their answers.



  • Read the next set of articles and write 3 questions and/or responses for each article.

A partner with B, C partner with D.  Give about 2 minutes for the students to talk.

A tells B about A movie. 

C tells D about C movie.


B partner with C, D partner with A.  Give about 1 ½ minutes for the students to talk.

B tells C about A movie.

D tells A about C movie.


C partner with D, A partner with B.  Give about 1 minute for the students to talk.

C tells D about A movie. 

A tells B about C movie.


Now, change stories.  Give about 2 minutes for the students to talk.

B tells A about B movie. 

D tells C about D movie.


A partner with D, C partner with B.  Give about 1 ½ minutes for the students to talk.

A tells D about B movie. 

C tells B about D movie.


D partner with C, B partner with A.

D tells C about B movie.  

B tells A about D movie

Printable Worksheets

Movie Articles


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