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        Teaching Materials on Christmas with the Kranks
Target level of students: Primary Five

Title of the film: Christmas with the Kranks

Year of production: 2004

Director: Joe Roth

Language: English

Synopsis

  Luther Krank and his wife Nora are about to celebrate the holiday without their

daughter Blair, who has just left for the Peace Corps in Peru. Luther and Nora planned

to have a Caribbean cruise. So as to have sufficient money to go for the trip, the

Kranks wants to skip the Christmas by not buying a Christmas tree, having a

Christmas party and putting up decorations. This sparks a lot of arguments and

conflicts between the Kranks and their neighbors. It is surprising that their daughter

Blair suddenly calls and tells them that she is coming back home to celebrate the

Christmas with them. They have only twelve hours to put up all the decorations and

prepare for the Christmas party.


Rationale of the chosen film


  This film is mainly showing the special features of Christmas and how people

celebrate at the Christmas party. As all students have the experience of having the

Christmas party with their family or classmates at school or even at home, they have

some ideas about what a Christmas party looks like. While students are watching the

film, they can obtain more information about a Christmas party. In addition, students

can learn different vocabulary relating to Christmas such as the frosty, Santa Claus,



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turkey and the Christmas tree. As a result, these can enrich students’ knowledge about

Christmas.


Assessing students’ three generic skills including reading, listening and writing

skills.


Teaching steps:


Task 1: Watching the movie and answering questions: To assess students’

reading and listening skills


First, the teacher distributes each student a worksheet (Worksheet 1).


Next, the teacher shows students the scene of the Christmas party at Kranks’ house

without providing the captions.


Then, stop for two minutes to give students enough time to write the answers on the

blanks.


After that, the teacher moves around the classroom to check whether students are able

to fill in the correct answers.


Then, the teacher shows students the scene of Christmas party again and allows them

to read the captions.


Finally, the teacher checks the answer with the whole class and students have to

exchange the worksheet with their partners and mark others’ work.




Task 2: Brainstorming ideas about writing: To assess students’ writing skill
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First, the teacher distributes each student a worksheet (Worksheet 2) and asks them to

plan a Christmas party.


Next, the teacher requires students to write down some suggestions and reminds them

not just to copy the ideas from the movie.


Then, the teacher asks some students to give some suggestions and discusses with the

whole class to determine whether the suggestions are practical and logical.


Finally, the teacher requires the whole class to hand in worksheet 2 for marking.


Task 3: Writing an invitation card to your friend: To assess students’ writing

skill


First, the teacher distributes each student a worksheet (Worksheet 3) and requires

him/her to write an invitation card to invite his/her friend Peter to attend the

Christmas party.


Second, the teacher gives students instructions and asks them to be more aware of the

format of the invitation letter.


Third, the teacher gives students 20 minutes to finish writing the invitation card.


Finally, the teacher collects students’ writings after 20 minutes for evaluating

students’ writing abilities.




7. Task Sheets


Worksheet 1: Watching the movie and answering questions
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Worksheet 2: Brainstorming ideas about writing


Worksheet 3: Writing an invitation card to your friend




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Worksheet 1
Name:                           ( )           Date:_____________________
Class:
Task 1: Watch the film “Christmas with the Kranks” and fill in the blanks of the
following table. (1 mark for each blank)




Table

1. What sorts of Christmas decorations      E.g. Christmas tree___________


can you find?                                     _______________________


                                                  _______________________


                                                  _______________________


                                                  _______________________


2. Where was the Christmas party held?            _______________________


3. When was the Christmas party held?             _______________________


4. Who went to the party? ( List out 5)     E.g. Blair___________________


                                                  _______________________


                                                  _______________________


                                                  _______________________


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                                                  _______________________


                                                  _______________________


5. What did they do at the party?           E.g. Played musical instrument


                                                  _______________________


                                                  _______________________


                                                  _______________________


6. What did they eat at the party? (List    E.g. Turkey_________________


out 5)                                            _______________________


                                                  _______________________


                                                  _______________________


                                                  _______________________


                                                  _______________________




Name of student who marks the worksheet: _______________________


Total Marks:      /19




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Worksheet 2
Name:                           ( )                  Date:_____________________
Class:                                                Marks: ___________________
Task 2
Situation: Now you are going to hold a Christmas party for your class at your school.
But you only have $500 budget to organize the Christmas party.
Remind: You will get more marks if you have more suggestions. But make sure that
your suggestions are logical and practical.
(1 mark for one acceptable answer)
Questions                    Your Suggestion             Amount of money spent
                                                         ($)
1. Where will the party be
held?
2. When will the party be
held?
3. Who will attend the
party? (Please state the
total number of people)
3 What sort of things will
you use for decoration?



4. What will you do at the
party?



5. What kinds of food will
you prepare for the party?
(Please state the quantity
of food)
6. What kinds of drinks
will you prepare for the
party? (Please state the
quantity of drinks)
Total money spent



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Worksheet 3
Name:                             (    )          Date:_____________________
Class:                                            Marks: ___________________
Task 3 (16 marks)

Situation: Now, you have to write an invitation card about 60 words to invite your

friend Peter to come to your Christmas party. The following questions may help you.

1. Where will the party be held?

2. When will the party be held?

3. How long will the party last for?

4. Who will attend the party?

5. What will you do at the party?

6. What kinds of food and drinks will you prepare for the party?



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Rubrics for each task
Task 1 (1 mark for each blank)
Sample Answers

1. What sorts of Christmas decorations      E.g. Christmas tree___________


can you find?                                     Ornaments______________


                                                  Frosty/ Snowman_________


                                                  Flowers_________________


                                                  Deer____________________


2. Where was the Christmas party held?            Kranks’ house


3. When was the Christmas party held?             Christmas Eve


4. Who went to the party? ( List out 5)     E.g. Blair___________________


                                                  Mr. Krank_______________


                                                  Mrs. Krank______________


                                                  Blair’s boyfriend_________


                                                  Children________________


                                                  Two Police Officers ______


5. What did they do at the party?           E.g. Played musical instrument


                                                  Danced________________


                                                  Sang Christmas songs ____


                                                  Ate food _______________

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6. What did they eat at the party? (List    E.g. Turkey_________________


out 5)                                            Cookies_________________


                                                  Bread___________________


                                                  Pizza____________________


                                                  Caramel Cream Pie________


                                                  Smoked trout _____________




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Task 2 (1 mark for one acceptable answer)
Sample Answers
Questions                    Your Suggestion              Amount of money spent
                                                          ($)
1. Where will the party be   5A Classroom                 0 (Free)
held?
2. When will the party be    23rd of December
held?
3. Who will attend the       30 5A students and 1 class
party?                       teacher
3 What sort of things will   Some ornaments               30
you use for decoration?



4. What will you do at the   Play games                   30
party?                       Exchange gifts               0
                             Sing Christmas songs         0


5. What kinds of food will   40 chicken wings             60
you prepare for the party?   40 sausages                  60
                             40 fish balls                50
                             40 sandwiches                55
6. What kinds of drinks      31 cans of coke              65
will you prepare for the     31 packs of lemon tea        60
party?                       water                        0


Total money spent                                         410
Points to note:
1. If student just writes down the amount of money without giving any suggestion, no
mark will be given.
2. The amount of money spent on certain products should be logical and practical.




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Task 3
Scoring rubric for writing the invitation card
Score               4               3                  2                  1
Format of           -Write down     - Three items      - Two items        - No or one
invitation card     all the four    are written        are written        item is written
1. Date             items           correctly in the   correctly in the   correctly in the
2. Receiver’s       correctly in    appropriate        appropriate        appropriate
name                the             places.            places.            place.
3.Complimentary     appropriate
Close               places.
4. Sender’s name
Content             -All            - Most             -Some              -Very few
(Respond to the     questions       questions are      questions are      questions are
questions)          are             answered.          answered.          answered.
                    answered.
Content             -Rich and       -Sufficient and    -Some              - Limited and
(Richness)          practical       reasonable         reasonable         irrelevant
                    ideas are       ideas are          ideas are          ideas are
                    provided.       provided.          provided.          provided.
Use of Language     -Spelling of    -Spelling of       -Spelling of       -Spelling of
                    vocabulary      vocabulary is      vocabulary is      vocabulary is
                    is correct      generally          sometimes          always
                    - Accurate      correct            incorrect          incorrect
                    punctuation     - Very few         - Some             - A lot of
                    - No            punctuation        punctuation        punctuation
                    grammatical     errors             errors             errors
                    mistake         -Very few          -Some              -A lot of
                                    grammatical        grammatical        grammatical
                                    mistakes           mistakes           mistakes




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