When I first stumbled upon this topic, I thought it was a joke. A bad joke created by Canadians to show off just how Canadian they really are. Further investigation led to a confirmation of its authenticity. A Canadian minister really hates a kids’ cartoon movie. “A Bigfoot Family” follows the harrowing journey of Mr. Bigfoot’s Canadian family as they fight to prevent the evil forces at Xtract, an oil company, from blowing up a mountain.bigfoot-esl-expertz
Sounds innocent enough until you hear the Canadian Energy Centre’s take on it. According to them, it’s an egregious case of misinformation and defamation that must be stopped before it brainwashes our children. What do your students think?
Start this activity by watching the trailer for “Bigfoot Family” and then discuss the basic plot of the movie. For this, you can display page 2 of the PDF. Once your students have a good understanding of the premise, move on to this man’s summary of the story. The summary ends at 3:00, but there is some interesting information afterwards. Watch it first before using it with your particular group as there is some sensitive information.
If needed, watch it a second time. I always recommend watching videos or reading original material twice unless you are working with very advanced students at a C1 level. Then, display page 1 of the PDF and ask your students to find one statement they agree with. Take turns presenting this statement and elaborating on why they agree. Allow for others to comment. Then, have students look for statements they disagree with and take turns presenting and elaborating on them.
Finally, if you have time, put students into pairs or groups and tell them they are to create their own politically charged children’s cartoon movie by filling out the table on page 2. Give them plenty of time to flesh out their ideas and then come back as a group to present the movies and vote on the best, the favorite, the most politically charged, whatever you’d like!