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Happily ever after... or not!

Mission 2

Happily ever after... or not!


Écrire et réagir à l'écrit : j'écris pour décrire, raconter, rendre compte.

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The International Indian Film Academy Awards are the Indian equivalent of the American Oscars. They annually honour the artistic and technical excellence of professionals in Bollywood. What’s your favourite fairy tale? Why?
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Exercice 1 : Cinderella in Bollywood

Identify the documents. Which scene is depicted?

Compare the 2 versions (characters, colours, attitudes…).

What makes the Fairy God Mother so “Bollywood”?

How do you imagine Cinderella’s Bollywood half-sisters?


Rani Aur Lalpari
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Exercice 2 : Hollywood’s fractured fairy tales

Pick out fairy tale titles. Find the references in the 1st paragraph.

What happened to fairy tales in Hollywood?

Hollywood’s fractured fairy tales

March 2013

They were the stories our mothers told us.

Stories about children who were caught by witches, and farmboys who climbed into the clouds. Stories about wolves who pretended to be grandmothers, and stepmothers who couldn’t even pretend to be kind. Yet in the many retellings, things shifted. Some characters disappeared; others began to loom large. Stories we thought were about one thing became stories about other things entirely – things like feminism and nonconformity and self-esteem. Recently, Hollywood has sped up the process with very new takes on “Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Puss in Boots,” “Jack the Giant Killer,” “Hansel and Gretel” and three separate versions of “Snow White”.

From an article by Stephen Whitty,
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Exercice 3 : The dark side of fairy tales

Look at the photograph. Who is pictured? What happened to her?

How would you Bollywood this picture?

Listen and pick out all the words you understand.

Explain the modern twist on the story. Use the past BE + V-ing.

Learn more about the Fallen Princesses.


The dark side of fairy tales

The dark side of fairy tales


Stressing ‑ing?


dancing - singing - dreaming - annoying - embarrassing - interesting

Think: Is -ing stressed? Why or why not?


Practise: Dancing and singing are very relaxing, and not a bit like working!


Past BE + V-ing

Observe: As the Queen was turning her back, she hit her on the head with a stick.

Think: Spot the actions. Which one is sudden? Continuous?

Practise: What were the dwarfs doing when she ran away?

Snow White is a housewife.

Snow White is a housewife.

Write a pitch

Use Mindmap. Write a pitch for a Bollywood-style fractured fairy tale!

How far can you go?

A1+ I can use regular verbs in the simple past.
A2 I can use link words and irregular verbs.
A2+ I can also use the past BE + V-ing and add original ideas.
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