Story: Although the mean, green Grinch lives far above Whoville, hating the Whos and their crazy Christmas celebrations, little Cindy-Lou Who reaches out to welcome this misunderstood creature. However, when the Grinch (dressed like Santa) succeeds in stealing Christmas, EVERYONE learns a valuable lesson! (2000; Oscar for makeup; Jim Carrey, Ron Howard [Dir]; Universal Pictures; comedy, holiday classic; PG; 105 min)
Setting: A make-believe land inside a snowflake; the Grinch lives on Mt. Crumpit above the city of Whoville, the home of the Whos.
Note 1: The Grinch was created by Dr. Seuss, whose books have been loved by very young American kids for generations. The characters in this film resemble Seuss’ drawings, and they talk like Seuss characters. References are also made to “rhyme” because Seuss’s books were written in rhyme; Seuss even made up many words so that they would rhyme with another sentence. The movie (like Seuss’ books) uses “made up words” (I’ve marked some on this page with an asterisk [*]. These non-words often sound like real words or rhyme with real words, so keep this in mind if you can’t find some of the words in a dictionary! Examples: who-venile delinquents (juvenile delinquents); who-manity (humanity); boing-bounders (some kind of toy). This classic film uses elaborate sets and makeup to reconstruct the book-world of Dr. Seuss.
Note 2: To show us, in a funny way, that the Grinch is a terrible “whatever he is,” the Grinch often distorts English idiomatic sayings. Examples: “We did our
best worst.” “That stench is terrible fantastic.” Likewise, the song “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch” portrays him as a terrible monster. The song has several phrases that non-native speakers might not understand, but many Americans think this song is very funny (it also reminds us of the classic “Grinch” cartoon we saw every year on TV while growing up).
Note 3: The subtitles include a lot of terms for sounds, such as types of laughter or the noises a dog makes. Here are some of them: barking, baying, belching, blubbering, cackling, chuckling, fussing, gagging, gasping, giggling, groaning, growling, grunting, moaning, panting, squealing, whimpering, whining, whirring
People and proper nouns:
- The Whos: the race of “people/creatures” who live in Whoville, and who love Christmas
- The Grinch: a green misfit “Who” who hates Christmas
- Mt. Crumpit: where the Grinch lives (in a cave)
- Whoville: the city where all the Whos live
- Mayor Augustus May-Who: the political leader of Whoville
- Lou Who (Dad): the postmaster
- Cindy Lou Who: Lou’s daughter—who is searching for the meaning of Christmas
- Martha-May Whovier: the “pretty lady” who the mayor wants to marry
- Max: The Grinch’s dog
Vocabulary:(underlined words are vocabulary terms; *key terms for English-learners; green is part 1; orange is part 2)
- avarice (negative term): greed; the intense desire to get more and more money or expensive things
- *beard: facial hair under a man’s chin and from ear to ear (a moustache is under one’s nose)
- *carols: a type of Christmas song
- carolers: a group of people who go around singing Christmas songs (i.e., carols), often at shopping malls or door-to-door in a neighborhood, hospital, etc.
- caroling: to go out with a group of people to sing Christmas songs
- *commercialism (negative): an overemphasis on making money instead of selling quality products or focusing on the deeper meaning of a holiday, birthday, etc.
- crocodile: a large, dangerous reptile with strong jaws, feared because it seems to come from nowhere and very suddenly drowns its victims
- *to crush (1): a way to destroy something; you crush a drink can by squeezing it and making it flat
- *a crush (2) “have a crush on sb”: to feel like you are in love (especially as teenagers or children) and not sure that you want the other person to know (See dialog 12)
- to cuff sb: (AmE) to restrain a suspected criminal by putting metal rings (called handcuffs) on his wrists
- *echo: repeated sound, like when you talk in a cave and your voice comes back saying the same thing
- *fragile: easy to break
- *garbage: trash, rubbish; things people throw away because they don’t want them or because they are broken
- *garbage dump: the place where a city puts collected trash
- *idiot: an offensive term to insult someone’s intelligence
- jubilation: a season of joy and celebration (here, the Whos invent a holiday called the Christmas Whobilation)
- *a judge: in a contest, the one who decides who or what is the best
- *to judge: to decide or form an opinion about sth/sb, based on facts or objective information
- jury duty: a period of time when you have to give your time to help a court decide if sb has committed a crime (this is a responsibility for US citizens, who are called to serve at random; most people don’t mind the idea of helping, but it means that they will be away from their job, and sometimes even away from their families for an unknown period of time)
- to loathe: to hate very much
- mangled: badly damaged, esp by crushing or twisting, such as in a car accident
- maniacal (laughing maniacally) : an offensive term meaning “like a mad/crazy person”
- mistletoe: a small green plant; at Christmas parties you are supposed to kiss whoever is standing under this decoration (See dialog 17)
- *narrator: one who tells a story, or explains what you see during a movie or documentary
- *to nominate: to officially offer someone’s name in hope that he/she will win a contest, election, promotion, etc. (Mayor: “Do I hear a nomination for Holiday Cheermeister*?” Cindy: “I nominate the Grinch!”)
- panting: when sb. is out of breath, like after a race or exercise
- *sedative: a medicine that makes you sleepy, esp. if you are in pain
- to shed: reference to when an animal loses its fur/hair in the spring (see dialog 12)
- *razor: a device used to cut hair (on the face, head, legs, etc.)
- a recluse: sb who chooses to live alone, away from society (usually a negative term)
- reindeer: a large, fast, four-footed animal that lives in cold areas; magic reindeer are said to pull Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve
- reprisals: strong consequences, esp. where someone returns evil for evil (“It’s funny that Cindy didn’t rat on us; she must be afraid of reprisals.”)
- *rhyme: [vti] to end with the same sound, or to put words together that end with the same sound
- *to scooch/scoot over: (AmE, informal) to move to one side so sb can also sit in the same seat
- snout: a long nose, esp. on some animals (like pigs)
- *squeeze: to press or force something into a small space (or into a smaller form)
- superfluous: excessive, wasteful, redundant and unnecessary (“Isn’t all of this gift-buying a bit superfluous?” See dialog 5)
- vacuum / vacuuming sound: a machine that cleans rugs by sucking up the dirt / the noise made by such a machine
- “Better check the outgoing.” : I had better listen to the outgoing greeting that people hear when they call my phone number and connect to my answering machine/voice-mail.
- “Blast!”: a term used to show that you are annoyed or angry about sth or sb
- * “Give me a break!” : “This is unbelievable!” (used when something has bothered you for a long time, or when something bad comes back that you thought was gone)
- * “He got a pink slip”: (AmE) he got a notice saying that he lost his job (BrE: “He was made redundant”)
- “the most spectacular lights”: a reference to formal and informal competition to decorate one’s house for Christmas
- * “That’s a good one!”: when positive, it means you liked someone’s joke; when negative it is sarcastic, and means you don’t believe what someone is saying
- * “What’s the deal?” : (rhetorical question) “I don’t understand how this could happen!”
Sentences/Dialogs from the movie:(some are from IMBD: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038650/quotes) Key dialogs are in blue.
- 1. Narrator: Inside a snowflake like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe.
- 2. Dad (Lou Lou Who): Let’s see, we’ve got a muncle* for your uncle, a fant* for your aunt and a fandpa* for your Cousin Leon. So we just need– [he notices that his daughter is missing] Cindy Lou? Honey?
- Cindy Lou [looking between about 10 presents she is carrying]: Dad? Doesn’t this seem like a bit much?
- Dad: This is what Christmas is all about! Can’t you feel it?
- [We see a lot of crazy shoppers and decorators]
- Narrator: Yes, every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not.
3. [Stu and his friends are climbing Mt Crumpit]
- Stu Lou Who: Drew, I’ll race you! Last one to the top’s a stinky old Grinch.
- Sophie: You guys, where are we? I think we should go back.
- Stu: What? You’re scared of The Grinch!
- Sophie: No!
- Drew Lou Who [trying to scare his girlfriend]: They say he lives up here in a big cave. And he only comes down when he’s hungry for the taste of…Who-flesh!
- Junie: Oh, Drew!
- Stu: You’re scared of the Grinch! You’re scared of The Grinch!
- Sophie: Are not!
- Stu: Are to! You’re scared of…
- [they come to the door, Stu and Drew look scared]
- Junie: Come on, touch it. Touch the door! Do it for me, Stu.
- [Stu giggles nervously, and reaches for the door when a monster comes out]
- 4. Narrator: The Grinch hated Christmas, the whole Christmas season.
- Now please, don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
- It could be that his head wasn’t screwed on just right;
- It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
- But I think that the most likely reason of all
- May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
- 5. Dad: Nothing beats Christmas, right?
- Cindy: I guess.
- Dad: You guess?
- Cindy: It’s just that I look around at you and Mom and everyone getting all kerbobbled.* Doesn’t this seem superfluous?
- 6. [after Lou’s sons say they had seen the Grinch]
- Mayor May-Who: Lou, please tell me that your boys were not up on Mount Crumpit, provoking the one creature within a billion bilometers* of here who hates Christmas!
- Dad [holding his sons’ mouths shut]: No sir, the boys didn’t see any Grinch. I think they were up on the mountain playing with matches, or defacing public property, or…
- Mayor: Oh, well that’s a relief. [then in a loud voice] All right, you heard the man: there’s no Grinch problem here.
- [Later, in the post office]
- Cindy: But Dad, I just don’t understand something. Why won’t anyone talk about the Grinch?
- Dad: You kids and the Grinch! You see, Cindy, the Grinch is a Who who always—Actually, not a Who; he’s more of a—
- Cindy: A what?
- Dad: Exactly, honey. And he’s a What who doesn’t like Christmas.
- 7. The Grinch [messing with peoples mail]: It’ll take them years to sort this out. This is his and now it’s yours, and this hers and now it’s his! And for the rest of you… Jury duty! Jury duty! Jury duty! Blackmail. Pink slip. Chain letter. Eviction notice. Jury duty—
- 8. [Cindy meets the Grinch for the first time, in the back of the post office where her dad works]
- Cindy: You’re the… the…
- The Grinch [mimicking Cindy]: The… the… THE GRINCH!
- [Cindy falls into a machine; Max bites the Grinch’s butt because he isn’t going to help her]
- The Grinch: Oh! Bleeding hearts of the world unite! [he reluctantly reaches into the machine to save Cindy, and then takes his mask out of Cindy’s hand] Give me that! Don’t you know you’re not suppose to take things that don’t belong to you? What’s the matter with you, you some kind of wild animal? Huh?
- Cindy: Thanks for saving me.
- The Grinch [screeching to a stop, with his fingers squeaking on the glass door]: Saving you? Is that what you think I was doing? Wrong-o. I merely noticed that you were improperly packaged, my dear. [grabs wrapping paper and starts wrapping Cindy up] Hold still! [to his dog, Max] Max, pick out a bow. [to Cindy] Can I use your finger for a second?
- 9. Dad [picking up the phone]: Hello? Is my Subzero Chillibrator* (i.e., refrigerator) running? I suppose.
- The Grinch: Well then you better go catch it! [he laughs wildly, and says to Max] Ah, that’s a good one! That is rich! Let’s go home. [they climb into a “garbage tube” marked “Dump it to Crumpit,” which dumps them up near their home on the Mt Crumpit; as they arrive, so does more trash] Uck! What’s that stench? It’s fantastic. [the bag says “Hazardous waste”] Max! Grab a bag. We’ll come back for the rest. Of course, when I say “we” I mean “you.” It’s amazing what these Whos just throw away. Oh well. One man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpourri. [Max barks] I don’t know, it’s some kind of soup.
- 10. The Grinch: Those Whos are hard to frazzle, Max. But, we did our worst, and that’s all that matters. At least I scared the bejeebies* out of that little girl at the post office. She’ll be scarred for life, if we’re lucky.
- 11. The Grinch [talking to his telephone]: Any calls?
- Grinch’s Answering Machine: You have no messages.
- The Grinch: Odd. Better check the outgoing.
- [The Grinch listens to the message he put on the machine]: If you utter so much as one syllable, I’ll hunt you down and gut you like a fish! If you’d like to fax me, press the star key.
- The Grinch: Hmm. Hmm. I tell you Max, I don’t know why I ever leave this place. I’ve got all the company I need right here. [indicates himself, then shouts] Hello!
- Echo: Hello, hello, hello…?
- The Grinch: How are you?
- Echo: How are you… how are you… how are you…?
- The Grinch: I asked you first.
- Echo: I asked you first… first… first…
- The Grinch: Oh, that’s really mature, saying exactly what I say.
- Echo: …Saying exactly what I say… what I say… what I say…
- The Grinch: I’m an idiot!
- Echo: You’re an idiot… an idiot… in idiot…!
- The Grinch [whispering]: All right, fine! I’m not talking to you anymore. In fact, I’m going to whisper! So that by the time my voice reverberates off the walls, and gets back to me, I won’t be able to hear it.
- Echo [after a pause]: You’re an idiot… an idiot… an idiot!
- The Grinch [eating a glass bottle]: Am I just eating because I’m bored?
- 12. [Cindy is talking to Whos about the Grinch’s childhood]
- Mayor May-Who: If the truth be told, he liked Martha. Martha was my girlfriend…. He had hair (a beard). Not pleasant. He shed. Not right.
- Martha May Whovier: Did I have a crush on the Grinch? Of course not.
- Cindy: I didn’t ask you that.
(Part 1 ends at about 28:41 as the child-Grinch makes an angel for Martha)
Discussion part 1
- What is a “rival”? Who are rivals in this story?
- Describe some of the things shown that try to introduce us to the Grinch’s anti-Christmas (and anti-social) character.
- What is Cindy Lou’s problem or question?
- How should adults talk to children about things they don’t understand? (Esp. If they seem “too young” to understand?)
- Do you have any questions at this point in the story?
Dialogs (part 2)
- 13. [in a flash back to childhood, we see that the Grinch made a gift for Martha and tried to shave, but he cut his face with the razor. Then the other children—led by the future mayor—laughed at him, so he started destroying the classroom.]
- The child Grinch [holding a Christmas tree over his head]: I hate Christmas!
- Mayor May-Who [remembering that day]: The anger.
- Shoe-shiner: The fury.
- Martha: The muscles… It was a horrible day, when they were so cruel to him. And, I could hardly bear it. And that was the last time we ever saw him. The very, last time.
- Narrator: So, whatever the reason, his heart of his shoes,
- He stood outside his cave, hating the Whos.
- The Grinch: [hating the Whos “alphabetically” by looking at a phone index] Hate, hate, hate. Hate, hate, hate. Double Hate. Loathe entirely!
- 14. The Grinch [when he finds himself singing Christmas songs]: Blast this Christmas music. It’s joyful and triumphant. Must drown them out! It’s not working…
- 15. Cindy: Mr. Grinch, I came to invite you to be Holiday Cheermeister.
- The Grinch: Uh, “Holiday Whoobie-whaty*”?
- Cindy: Cheermeister.
- The Grinch [laughing loudly]: That’s a good one!
- Cindy: I know you hate Christmas, but what if it’s all just a misunderstanding? I mean, I myself am having some Yuletide doubts. But maybe if you can reunite with the Whos and be a part of Christmas…
- The Grinch [angry]: Grow up!
- Cindy: …then maybe it’ll be all right for me, too! Please. You have to accept the award.
- The Grinch: Award? You never mentioned an award!
- Cindy: Yeah, with a trophy and everything!
- The Grinch: And I won?
- Cindy: You won!
- The Grinch: That means there were losers. A town full of losers! I like it! Was anyone emotionally shattered?
- Cindy: Well, the Mayor wasn’t happy… [smiling] Martha May will be there!
- The Grinch: Oh, she will? And she’ll see me: a winner.
- Cindy: So, will you come?
- The Grinch: Oh, all right.
- 16. The Grinch: The nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there on such short notice. Even if I wanted to go my schedule wouldn’t allow it. Four o’clock, wallow in self pity; 4:30, stare into the abyss; 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one. 5:30, jazzercize. 6:30, dinner with me. I can’t cancel that again. 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing. I’m booked! [i.e., I have no spare time] Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9 I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear?
- 17. Mayor May-Who [asking Martha to marry him]: And now I have a little something for the love of my life. Martha May, please become Mrs. Augustus May-Who. If you agree to be my wife, along with a lifetime supply of happiness, you’ll also receive this: It’s a new car! Generously provided by the taxpayers of Whoville. What do you say, Martha?
- Martha: Ah… These gifts are quite dazzling…
- The Grinch: Of course they are. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s what it’s always been about. Gifts, gifts… gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts. You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage. You see what I’m saying? In your garbage. I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump. And the avarice… The avarice never ends! “I want golf clubs. I want diamonds. I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored and sell it to make glue.” Look, I don’t wanna make waves, but this whole Christmas season is… stupid, stupid, stupid! There is, however, one teeny-tiny Christmas tradition I find quite meaningful. [he takes some mistletoe from Martha’s gift] Mistletoe! Now, pucker up and kiss it, Whoville! [he puts mistletoe up to his butt, thereby inviting the Whos to “kiss his behind”; then he shaves the Mayor’s head and destroys the town’s Christmas tree] Oh, the Whomanity*! [then he starts to leave; a taxi refuses to pick him up] It’s because I’m green isn’t it? [so, he stops a tiny car] Evening, folks. Mind if I squeeze in? [starts to sit on the car] You might want to scooch over. [the Whos run away] You did the right thing.
- 18. Narrator [talking about what would happen the next morning]:
- Then Whos young and old would sit down to a feast,
- And they will feast, and they will feast.
- The Grinch (continuing the narrator’s poem):
- And they’ll feast, feast, feast, feast.
- They’ll eat their Who-Pudding and rare Who roast beast.
- But there’s something I just cannot stand in least…
- Oh no. I’m speaking in rhyme! Aah! Blast you Whos!
- Narrator: And the more the Grinch thought of what Christmas would bring,
- the more the Grinch thought—
- The Grinch: I must stop this whole thing.
- Why, for year after year I’ve put up with it now!
- I must stop the Christmas from coming… but how? [he gasps because he’s speaking in rhyme again] I mean – in what way? Aah! [he goes inside and finds Max dancing] Are you having a holly, jolly Christmas? Wrong-o! [he throws Max out the door, which leads to the idea of dressing like Santa (also called “Saint Nick”) and going down to “steal” Christmas]
(Part 2 ends around 1:02:15 as the Grinch says “I know just what I’ll do.”)
Discussion part 2
- Tell your partner why you think the Grinch was so mean, and why he hated Christmas so much.
- What do you think of Cindy Lou? When she went to visit the Grinch, would you say that she was foolish, or brave, or naive, or something else? Tell your partner why you think she did what she did.
- What gift did the Mayor give to the Grinch? Why was that significant? What do you think about his choice? Can you think of a more appropriate gift?
- When you give someone a gift, how do you choose what to give? Pretend that your partner is going to a party; give some advice on what gift to bring.
- Most Whos thought Cindy should leave the Grinch alone, but she went anyway. Talk about a time when you (or a friend) did something “against popular advice.” Did the situation turn out good or bad?
- Do you have any questions at this point in the story?
Dialogs (part 3)
- 19. [The Grinch discovers that he “forgot about the reindeer”]
- Narrator: Did that stop the old Grinch? No! The Grinch simply said,
- Grinch: “If I can’t find a reindeer, I’ll make one instead!”
- Narrator: So he called his dog, Max, then he took some red thread,
- And tied a big horn on top of his head.
- 20. The Grinch [pretending to be his director, Ron Howard]: All right, you’re a reindeer. Here’s your motivation: Your name is Rudolph, you’re a freak with a red nose, and no one likes you. Then, one day, Santa picks you and you save Christmas. No, forget that part. We’ll improvise… just keep it kind of loosey-goosey. You HATE Christmas! You’re gonna steal it. Saving Christmas is a lousy ending, way too commercial. ACTION! [Max knocks the red nose off] BRILLIANT! You reject your own nose because it represents the glitter of commercialism. Why didn’t I think of that? Cut, print, check the gate, moving on.
- 21. The Grinch: We’re going to die! I’m going to throw up, and then I’m going to die! Mommy, tell it to stop! [The Grinch laughs hysterically and the machine comes under control.] Ha! I almost lost my cool there.
- 22. Cindy: Santa Claus? What are you doing with our tree?
- Narrator: But, you know, that old Grinch, was so smart and so slick,
- He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick.
- The Grinch: Why, my sweet little tot
- Narrator: The fake Santa Clause lied
- The Grinch: There’s a light on this tree that won’t light on one side.
- So I’m taking it home to my workshop, my dear.
- I’ll fix it up there, and I’ll bring it back here.
- Cindy: Santa, what’s Christmas really about?
- The Grinch: [bursts through the Christmas tree] Vengeance! [calmly] I mean… presents, I suppose.
- Cindy: I was afraid of that.
- Narrator: And his fib [lie] fooled the child.
- Then he patted her head, and he got her a drink, and he sent her to bed.
- Cindy: Santa, don’t forget the Grinch. I know he’s mean and hairy and smelly. His hands might be cold and clammy. But I think he’s actually kind of… sweet.
- The Grinch: Sweet?… You think he’s sweet?
- Cindy [nodding to agree, then heading to bed]: Merry Christmas, Santa.
- Narrator: And when Cindy Lou went up with her cup…
- The Grinch [talking to himself]: Nice kid. Bad judge of character.
- Narrator: He went to the chimney and stuffed the tree up.
- 23. Mayor [after everyone sees that the Grinch stole their presents; sarcastically]: Cindy, I hope you’re very proud of what you’ve done.
- Dad: If she isn’t, I am. I’m glad he took our presents…. You can’t hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor, because it isn’t about the gifts or the contest or the fancy lights. That’s what Cindy’s been trying to tell everyone… and [especially] me.
- Mayor: What is wrong with you? This is a child.
- Dad: She’s my child. And she happens to be right, by the way. I don’t need anything more for Christmas than this right here: my family. Merry Christmas, everybody!
- Mayor: Oh, give me a break!
If you want to be surprised by the ending, stop reading here.
- 24. [The Grinch expected everyone to cry, but instead the Whos started singing, “and it was very merry”; so the Grinch is puzzled]
- The Grinch: It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
- It came without packages, boxes, or bags.
- Narrator: And he puzzled and puzzled, till his puzzler was sore
- Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
- The Grinch: Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store.
- Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. [Then the Grinch has a “heart attack”; i.e., his tiny heart starts to grow] Max. Help me… I’m feeling! What’s happening to me? I’m all toasty inside, [he wipes away a tear] and I’m leaking. [Max starts barking.] Oh, no, the sleigh, the presents, they’ll be destroyed, and I care! What is the deal?
- 25. Cindy: We’re gonna crash!
- The Grinch: Now you listen to me, young lady! Even if we’re horribly mangled, there’ll be no sad faces on Christmas.
- 26. Officer Wholihan: All right! What do we have here?
- The Grinch: You got me officer! I did it! I am the Grinch that stole Christmas… and I’m sorry. [long silence] Aren’t you going to cuff me? Put me in a choke hold? Blind me with pepper spray?
- Mayor: You heard him, Officer. He admitted it. I’d go with the pepper spray.
- Officer Wholihan: Yes, I heard him all right. He said he was sorry.
- Cindy: Merry Christmas, Mr. Grinch. [she kisses the Grinch on the cheek] Your cheek’s so…
- The Grinch: I know. Hairy?
- Cindy: No.
- The Grinch: Greasy? Stinky? Do I have a zit?
- Cindy: No. Warm!
* this is not really an English word (see Note 1)
Discussion (part 3)
- Who was your favorite character in the story, or favorite part of the story, and why?
- We saw a lot of people (or Whos) change during this story. See if you can tell your partner about the changes in these Whos: the Grinch, Dad, Martha, Mom (Betty, and her lights), the people of Whoville
- British author CS Lewis once wrote an essay describing Christmas as two unrelated holidays that fall on the same day. From what you’ve seen of Christmas celebrations, movies, etc., describe those two holidays.
- Here’s a partial answer to #2. In China, many people think of “Christmas” as a “new” or “western” holiday; to them it is just a chance to get together with friends, have a party, go to a bar, wear a “Santa hat,” etc. Some people in the west think of Christmas in the same way (time to party), or as a children’s holiday, or as a time when they need to buy or give a lot of presents. On the other hand, traditionally, Christmas is a religious holiday to celebrate God’s “greatest gift” to the world: the miraculous birth of His son, Jesus Christ. Re-read dialog 24. After seeing this film, how would you explain what “Christmas is all about”?
- Work with a partner or small group. One of you is the Grinch and one is Cindy-Lou (if you wish, additional characters could be Lou and/or Martha). You meet one year after this movie takes place—that is, soon before the next Christmas. Create a dialog! What do you think they will talk about?
Homework: Write short answers to the following questions. Use grammatically correct sentences without being too wordy. (“Make every word work!”) Have your partner check your paper before turning it in.
- Describe two of the main characters in this story.
- Describe two major problems, and how they were resolved. (Use at most TWO sentences.)
- Write about your favorite part of the story.
(For more information about Christmas, look under the “Holidays” tab, or see these Christmas pages (underlined topics are on EFLsuccess.com or Krigline.com; others are on our older website): Christmas (international celebration), the song “Silent Night” and Chinese Christmas apples, the traditional Christmas story, who is Santa (圣诞老人)?, candy canes, Christmas Perspectives (poem), and the pre-Christmas Advent season. Also look for Christmas wallpaper on our old website. You’ll also find movie study guides on this website (or our old site) for some great holiday films: A Snoopy/Charlie Brown Christmas, Last Holiday, White Christmas, The Grinch, Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life)
The last time I checked, the following links worked:
- This looks like an interesting resource: www.filmeducation.org › pdf › film › Grinch
- Check out various film PDF files at www.filmeducation.org (UK)
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Teachers: Here are some excellent examples of my students’ Grinch homework.
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