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THE MARTIAN (2015)****
ESL lesson based on The Martian at Movies Grow English

(focus on Mars space rescue)

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Contains 22 movie quotes & 51 Academic Words (AWL*).
When astronaut, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars, America honors his death.  But, when NASA scientists discover that he is alive, a chain of events is set in motion, designed to bring Watney home.   Meanwhile on Mars, Watney must find ways to grow food, keep his life support functioning, and most importantly, make the long overland journey to the Mars Ascent Vehicle at Schiaparelli Crater, where he can launch into orbit and be rescued, but by whom, and how?  Meanwhile, the whole world is watching and helping in this 21st century Robinson Crusoe story. Also stars Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Chiwetel Ejiofor.  Director: Ridley Scott.  7 Oscar nominations.  Rated PG-13 (144 min.) mike laib 2016.

Classroom Tips:

1. Preview both the movie and its lesson. Lesson and movie are in the same sequence.
2. Within the lesson, decide which quotes, questions, and vocabulary to focus on. Highlight or cut-and-paste content you plan to use.
3. Estimate how you'll use available time for both watching and discussing the movie.
4. Remember: Most questions on the lesson are easy for a native speaker of English to answer, so the movie itself is the answer key.
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