Many of them are oversized
Out in the dark, they look strange
Nothing more vicious and ugly
Sometimes the most mysterious
Except for the … friendly ones
Rather funny and good-hearted
Surely they can be our friends!
People have always made up stories about mysterious creatures, which they believe look different from ordinary people and have special, supernatural powers that ordinary people do not have.
A. Look at the monsters a-c below and match them to the titles of the texts:
Β. Read the texts and put the missing sentences A-D in the
A. they get married and they have children.
B. Then he swims off with his pockets full of sailors.
C. They soon fall in love with each other and get married.
D. Everywhere he goes, people and animals flee.
Polyphemus the Cyclops
The Cyclopes are one-eyed huge, savage creatures, tall like trees. They live on an island where they do nothing but fight with each other for the wild goats, trying to find enough food to fill their huge bellies. Storms often bring shipwrecked sailors to their island. The Cyclopes catch and eat them alive.
The largest and fiercest of the Cyclopes is named Polyphemus. He always keeps vigil on his mountain, fair weather or foul. If he spots a ship, he dives into the sea and swims underwater, coming up underneath the ship and overturning it, 1__________. However, according to Homer, Ulysses manages to escape from his cave, because he is smarter and more cunning than Polyphemus.
Shrek the ogre
Shrek, a horrible little ogre is spitting flames and smoke. Shrek is the ugliest guy in town. 3__________. He is so ugly that he frightens himself when he gets into a room full of mirrors. He looks even uglier than his parents, who kick him goodbye and send him off in the world.
Yet Shrek is proud of his green strange head and disgusting body.
Shrek goes out into the world to find adventure and along the way meets a witch, a knight, a dragon, and finally, a hideous princess, who's even more unattractive than he is! Shrek manages to enter the princess' castle. 4__________. All the guests are surprised to see the bride carrying a cactus for a bouquet!
C. Use the information in the texts to fill in the table below:
D. Talk about your own monster.
A. Read the following dialogue. Find out how John and Mary are comparing the creatures in the texts. Complete the unfinished sentences:
Mary: The Cyclops Polyphemus is bigger and stronger than Shrek.
John: He may be bigger but Shrek is more horrible than him. When he looks at himself
in the mirror he is frightened. He is the ugliest of all the creatures on this page.
Pupil 1: Look at Tinkerbelle. She looks _____________ and _____________!
Pupil 2: I don't think so. I think Puck is _____________.
He plays tricks on people.
B. MAKING COMPARISONS
D. OPPOSITE ADJECTIVES
Β. PAIR WORK: A MONSTER'S ID
Choose a monster and ask your friend about it. Then complete the ID card on the right.
Ask questions about your friend's monster. Then look here to find information about your monster and answer his/her questions.
Look here to find information about your monster and answer your friend's questions. Then ask him/her questions to complete your ID card.
It's your choice: You can find a different version
Imagine that your friend's monster is wanted by the Police. Write his/her description and draw his/her picture.
C. WHAT AM I LIKE? WHAT DO OTHER PEOPLE THINK OF ME?
Choose 4 adjectives that you think describe your personality best: talkative, (un)friendly, (in)active, moody, anxious, careful, boring, funny, cunning, smart, playful, serious,
Then ask your friend what he/she thinks of you.
Write both opinions and include them in your portfolio.