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Minimalism: A Documentary (Official Trailer)

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Video Length: 2:44

Updated on: 03/27/2020

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Lesson Description

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a trailer on a documentary about consumerism and minimalism and do a listening exercise for it. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about consumerism and minimalism. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar activity is designed in a 'guided discovery' format featuring present perfect and past simple. There is also a quiz & review section.

Video Description

How might your life be better with less? MINIMALISM: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.

Lesson Activities

Minimalism, Consumerism, Black Friday
Finish the Sentences
Verbs, Adjectives, Context Usage
Guided Discovery: Past Simple vs. Present Perfect
Quiz & Review

Lesson Topics

Consumerism, Black Friday, Minimalism

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