Friday, June 17

Old Dogs: Because of x Because

This is a really funny movie. There are several scenes you can use to contrast the use of because and because of, but this one is one of the best. My students loved it.

I. Watch the movie segment and then complete the blanks with because or because of.

1. They broke into an enclosure ________ they were not allowed to get in.

2. They got terrified ___________ the gorilla.

3. The gorilla threw a tire at him ______ he was intimidated by the invaders.

4. The penguins attacked them ___________ they were defending their space.

5. The gorilla held him in its arms _________ his small size.

6. He got angry at penguins __________ the attack in the enclosure.

7. A superhero was hired _____________ the birthday party.

8. He wore the superhero outfit ___________ it was the only way to get in the party.

9. He fell into a pond _____ there was a problem with the flying device.

10. Everything he did was ________ his children.

II. Talk to a partner:

1. Do you like zoos? When was the last time you went to one?

2. Is it fair to keep animals in a zoo, instead of in the wildlife? Explain it.

3. What's your favorite zoo animal?

4. What would you do if you were caught in the gorillas enclosure?

5. Have you ever been attacked by an animal? Talk about it.



Answer key

1. because 2. because of 3. because 4. because 5. because of 6. because of 7. because of 8. because 9. because 10. because of