Sitcom activity: watching and completing a table

In this activity students watch a clip from two different sitcoms and then they complete a table with information. 

They finish by writing a short paragraph saying which clip they preferred and why.

Preparation

The activity can be done as a computer room activity or it can be done as self-study for homework. Students will need access to the internet. You will need one copy of the worksheet below for each student.

Procedure

Put students into small groups and give each group a piece of paper and a pen. Give students a time limit (four minutes) to write down as many sitcoms as they can think of. They can write the titles of sitcoms from any country and in any language. When the time is up ask each group to count how many sitcoms they have. Award points for each one.

Tell the students they are going to do some research into sitcoms. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Give students a few minutes to read the instructions and ask any questions. Elicit ideas for the section on 'other information' so that students know what kind of things to write, for example how long the sitcom has been running, some trivia about one of the actors, a 'catch phrase' from the sitcom, etc.

Variation

You might like to do the first part of the task in the classroom. If you do, go to https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/top/ and print off the list of the top 50 UK sitcoms of all time. Make enough copies for all of the students. Put students into small groups to discuss the list. Get them to discuss the following:

  • Have you seen any of these sitcoms?
  • What do you think they are about?
  • What do the titles mean?
  • Are there any words or phrases that you don't understand?
  • Which titles look most interesting?

Online

Students choose two sitcoms and watch a clip of each one on www.youtube.com. If necessary they can search online to find further information. Students complete the table with the necessary information.

Writing

Students write a short paragraph saying which clip they preferred and why. These can be corrected in class or handed in and returned in the following class.

Follow up

As a follow-up activity students can compare their findings and talk about the clips that they watched. The completed tables can be displayed in the classroom so that students can see which sitcoms look the most interesting.

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Comments

Submitted by carladelia on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 14:50

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I loved the activity! I used it with a student of mine as homework after having worked with part of a sitcom episode and on the following class she used the handout to report about the sitcoms she had watched. Lovely!

Cheers,

Carla D'Elia - English Teacher

Submitted by Aisling Ardiff on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 23:42

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I would love to try this but the link to the worksheet appears to be faulty. Can you help? Thank you

Submitted by Derek Spafford on Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:39

In reply to by Aisling Ardiff

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Hi Aisling Thanks for the comment. We are experiencing some issues as you say and the team is looking into it. Please check back soon Best wishes Del

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