Teaching Grammar with Animated Shorts

Engage students by teaching grammar with animated shorts.

Most students dread grammar lessons. With Teaching Grammar with Animated Shorts, students will ask when the class will be able to do the next lesson. If animated shorts is not fun enough, the unit also reviews lessons with game activities. It’s really a win-win all the way around.
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Teaching Grammar with Animated Shorts – Sample Video Lessons

Check out how animated shorts can tie into grammar with these three videos. This post contains samples of teaching pronouns. To get the full free lessons and Google Slides download the preview. 

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Never Give Up

In the summary of Never Give Up and rickshaw facts, add pronouns in the blanks to complete the sentences.

A man struggles to pedal __________________ rickshaw through the city. __________________  takes __________________ passenger to the designated location and is paid with three coins.

A man with a motorized rickshaw drops off __________________ passengers beside the rickshaw. __________________ is paid several dollar bills for getting __________________ passenger to the same location. The motorized rickshaw operator waves the money as if to say. “See how much money __________________ made.”


Auto rickshaws are a popular alternative to taxis in the 21st century because of ________ low cost. Today electric rickshaws carry passengers because of ________ low fuel cost and less human effort compared to pulled rickshaws.

Cupid Love is Blind

Write a pronoun on each blank to complete the summary for Cupid Love is Blind.

Cupid sits above the city drinking coffee. A message arrives in the form of a scroll. Cupid motions for the scroll to go away but finally gives in and looks at the photos of the elderly couple __________________ is supposed to help fall in love.

Cupid flies across Paris and spots the elderly couple at a street-side café. __________________ shoot __________________ magical arrows – one into the backs of __________________ of __________________, and the couple notice __________________ __________________ . The scroll vanishes. Immediately, a new scroll missive arrives. This time Cupid is looking for a young couple.

Flight of the Soul

Write a pronoun on each blank to complete the summary for Flight of the Soul.

Inside an attic, a man looks at 3 clones of __________________. Each clone has a different experimental part. One clone has a clock face. __________________ has shears for hands. A third has drawers for the trunk of __________________ body. The clones hang on the wall as if puppets making the audience think the experiments were failures; the clones appear dead. The camera zooms in. 

Explain the meaning of the film’s title Flight of the Soul.

The film is obviously metaphorical. What do you think the symbols in the film mean? Why do the filmmakers use a clock, tools, filing cabinet, and birdcage attached to the bodies of the clones?

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What’s Included:

Teaching Grammar with Animated Shorts
  • Video Lesson with Accompanying Organizer – Have students watch the instructional video that goes with the organizer. Pause the video when instructed to do so. Have students complete the organizer. Next have students watch the remainder of the video to check their answers. 
  • Animated Short Activities – Each lesson contains 3+ videos (a total of 23) with a practice that is connected to both the skill that is covered and the animated short.


Short Films
  • Practice Game – Most lessons contain a game. The games often have practice sentences that can be used as seatwork in place of a game activity if desired. Games include:
    • Sorry
    • Dice Game (Similar to Connect 4 without Gravity)
    • Bump
    • Task Cards with Board Game
    • Tic Tac Toe
All activities are included in both printable and Google Slide versions.


The 5th Grade Grammar Standards

Teaching Grammar with Animated Shorts
This unit covers all 6th grade Common Core State Standards for grammar (L.6.1, L.6.1.A, L.6.1.B, L.6.1.C, L.6.1.D, and L.6.1.E). Sixth-grade standards focus on pronouns.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive).

Use intensive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves).


Teaching Grammar with Animated Shorts

Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person.*

Recognize and correct vague pronouns (i.e., ones with unclear or ambiguous antecedents).*

Recognize variations from standard English in their own and others’ writing and speaking, and identify and use strategies to improve expression in conventional language.*


Teaching Grammar with Animated Shorts

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