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Sintel in Search of a Dragon

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Sintel and the baby dragon

Would you like to watch a beautiful but sad story? Here is Sintel, a short video which will make you feel and think deeply. You will feel the sorrow of a girl who is looking for a baby dragon that she has lost. In her search, Sintel finds difficulties and has to fight to get what she wants. The end is not as she expected, but she finally gets a reward for her quest. Likewise, young people are always in search of something and they have to fight. This film shows that you may get a reward if you make efforts to achieve a goal.

1. The video

Sintel has been created by the Blender Foundation on an Open Movie Project. First of all, enjoy the video while you watch it in full screen without subtitles. It is a wonderfully animated film with a song in the end. Pay attention to Sintel's feelings throughout the story. Then you can choose English or Spanish subtitles if you need them.

2. Sintel's feelings and emotions

1. Sintel is a very sensitive person; like you, perhaps? I think that the most important feature in this video is the great variety of Sintel's feelings and emotions. Do you agree? Can you identify them in these pictures? Fill the gaps with the number which corresponds to each of the feelings (in the form of adjectives) which Sintel shows in the pictures above.

Example: happy. Key to check your answers: rightwrong

broody exhausted scared
furious  surprised
sorry terrified desolate

2. Now do this test to match Sintel's feelings with the causes which provoked them. The pictures above will help you. Click on a number and then on a letter.

3. What feelings did you have when you saw some scenes in the story? For example:

I was very sad when Scales died, but I was very happy when Scales' baby dragon went with Sintel in the end.

3. Sintel's thoughts

Now you have to guess what Sintel is thinking on those situations when she is feeling something special. Match her feelings with her thoughts. If you find it difficult, ask your teacher for help. What other thoughts can you add?

4. The story

Sintel finds the baby dragon

The story is quite simple, but it is very effective. Here is the story in chronological order, that is, presenting the story according to the time in which the actions happened. It is told using the present tense, and you have to change the twenty verbs in Present Simple into the Past Simple tense. But be careful, because there are regular and irregular verbs. After you type each answer, press ENTER or click anywhere on the document. Key to check your answers: rightwrong

5. Write about Sintel and the dragon

Write a comment

I hope you liked this moving story. You may want to write a comment here to show what you feel about Sintel's story. Yes, I know, it is very sad. So, perhaps you can change it and write a new story in the editor below and email it to your teacher or to yourself, or you can also print it.


6. Sintel's song: 'I Move On'

Finally, listen to Sintel's song again and read the lyrics below.

Come Take My Journey
Into Night
Come Be My Shadow
Walk At My Side
And When You See
All That I Have Seen
Can You Tell Me
Love From Pride?

I Have Been Waiting
All This Time
For One To Wake Me
One To Call Mine
So When You're Near
All That You Hold Dear
Do You Fear What You Will Find?

As The Dawn
Breaks Through The Night
I Move On
Forever Longing For The Home
I Found In Your Eyes

I Will Be Listening
For The Drum
To Call Me Over
Far Away From
My Tender Youth
And The Very Truth
Showing Me What I've Become

As The Dawn
Breaks Through The Night
I Move On
Forever Longing For The Home
I Found In Your Eyes
Your Voice
Saw Me Through The Night


If Sintel's story is worthwhile watching, tell your friends to come and enjoy the video and the activities.

(Updated on 12th September 2015)

Por Alejandro Valero en Inglés el 10.05.11 con 48 comentarios Bookmark and Share
Palabras clave storytelling, feelings, writing, intermediate

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[1] Por Ana M. Almarza el 10.05.11/22:58 Enlace permanente   Responder 

Ana M. Almarza

Gracias por esta actividad tan especial, Alejandro. Sonrisa

Creo que la reservaré como regalo de fin de curso para los alumnos. El vídeo, la canción y tu introducción invitan a la reflexión y de paso, en inglés.

[1.1] Por Alejandro Valero el 10.05.11/23:12 Enlace permanente

Alejandro Valero

Gracias, Ana. Tienes razón en que este vídeo viene bien para un final de curso, porque puede relajar la tensión producida por los exámenes finales, ya que invita a la contemplación y la reflexión, como bien dices. Además, los resultados finales del curso pueden compararse con la recompensa que encuentra Sintel después de su penosa búsqueda, porque los estudiantes también se han esforzado por conseguir su meta. Espero que el esfuerzo tenga la recompensa de una buena calificación final. {#lang_emotions_smile}

[2] Por Laura Serrano el 12.05.11/21:48 Enlace permanente   Responder 

Laura Serrano

¡Precioso, Alejandro! Entre ayer y hoy lo he rematado y me va a servir para esas clases refrescantes de cuando se termina el libro de texto...Inocente

[2.1] Por Alejandro Valero el 12.05.11/22:53 Enlace permanente

Alejandro Valero

Gracias, Laura. Efectivamente, esta actividad está pensada para clases refrescantes, como dices, porque no se centra en ningún aspecto académico; sólo pretende que disfrutemos de una historia ejemplar y que destaquemos los sentimientos que desprende su protagonista. Después, que cada cual añada lo que quiera. Por cierto, enhorabuena por terminar el libro de texto, que no siempre se consigue. Risa

[3] Por joanna el 24.05.11/09:13 Enlace permanente   Responder 


La peli estaba muy muy triste Llora

Pero me ha gustado mucho. Las actividades estaban muy divertidas.

[4] Por Fatiha el 24.05.11/09:15 Enlace permanente   Responder 


EL vídeo me ha gustado mucho al principio. {#}El final es muy triste pero el dragoncito era muy mono. {#lang_emotions_embarassed}

[5] Por Elena el 24.05.11/09:16 Enlace permanente   Responder 


EL vídeo es muy entretenido {#lang_emotions_smile} aunque el final estuvo muy triste. Las preguntas eran divertidas y educativas.

[6] Por Verónica el 24.05.11/09:18 Enlace permanente   Responder 


La película ha estado interesante pero también triste y al final el dragoncito de Scales se acaba yendo con Sintel para cuidarla y las actividades han estado muy bien. {#}

[7] Por Alejandro Valero el 24.05.11/09:31 Enlace permanente   Responder 

Alejandro Valero

Gracias por vuestros comentarios. Me alegro de que os haya gustado el vídeo y las actividades, aunque la historia sea un poco triste, pero esto no le quita encanto y hace que llegue al corazón.

[8] Por Lucía 1º B el 06.06.11/16:45 Enlace permanente   Responder 


This video is very beautiful. I love it!{#lang_emotions_laughing}

I saw this video in my class and I cried. The activities are very interesting.{#}

[9] Por Manuel 1ºB el 06.06.11/19:01 Enlace permanente   Responder 


This video is great. First is interesting but at finish is very sad.

The exercises are fantastic.

[10] Por Javier 1ºB el 06.06.11/19:30 Enlace permanente   Responder 


the story is very nice but the ending is something hard, so travel for nothingTriste

[11] Por Alejandro Valero el 06.06.11/19:41 Enlace permanente   Responder 

Alejandro Valero

Students from 1º B, I'm so glad you liked the story and the activities! Yes, the end of the story is very sad, because Sintel makes a mistake and kills Scales, but Scales' baby dragon goes with Sintel, and she will look after the dragon and they will be very happy. {#lang_emotions_smile}

[12] Por Ricardo 1ºB el 07.06.11/16:32 Enlace permanente   Responder 


The story is nice but the final I think is very sad, the activities are really interesting.

[13] Por paloma el 07.06.11/19:50 Editar Enlace permanente   Responder 


I love the story but I think that the end is very sad . :)

[14] Por Javier 1ºB el 07.06.11/20:12 Enlace permanente   Responder 


The end of the story is very sad, it can be improved: in the end she finds her dragon and goes with her calf{#}

[15] Por Ana B. 1ºB el 07.06.11/20:19 Enlace permanente   Responder 


I like the history about Sintel and her dragon. But the end is very sad. I like the activities because they are very interesting.{#lang_emotions_smile}

[16] Por Alvar de Pedro 1B el 07.06.11/20:39 Enlace permanente   Responder 


This video is fantastic but I prefer a final where the big  dragon doesn't die and the big and small dragons go home with the girl.{#lang_emotions_smile}

[16.1] Por Alejandro Valero el 07.06.11/21:22 Enlace permanente

Alejandro Valero

That's a good ending to the story.


[17] Por Andrés 1B el 07.06.11/21:10 Enlace permanente   Responder 


For one "positive" I speak a lot, jaja.

The video is sad but fantastic because she kills her friend, and where does the girl go now?

[17.1] Por Alejandro Valero el 07.06.11/21:16 Enlace permanente

Alejandro Valero

Andrés, I think that Sintel and the new baby dragon will go to her house to live together happily. Later, the dragon will grow up and he will live by himself in the same town, near Sintel. Is it OK? {#lang_emotions_smile}

[18] Por Ana M. Almarza el 07.06.11/22:47 Enlace permanente   Responder 

Ana M. Almarza

Great! I am really HAPPY {#}and SURPRISED Sorprendido! You must be EXHAUSTED after so much writing!

I will try not to get FURIOUS {#Enfadao} or DESOLATE {#lang_emotions_cry}  tomorrow if you haven´t studied the irregular verbs list!

[18.1] Por Alejandro Valero el 08.06.11/00:28 Enlace permanente

Alejandro Valero

Ana, you've got a great group of students. I wish I were your student too! I am sure they will do well with the list of irregular verbs and they will get a lot of "positives". {#lang_emotions_laughing}

[19] Por Lorena Garcia. el 08.06.11/16:26 Enlace permanente   Responder 


The story is very sad,I wish it was more happy. It has been worthwhile.

Thanks, it is a really fun activity.

[20] Por Montserrat o Montse el 08.06.11/17:11 Editar Enlace permanente   Responder 


Mon 1ª.ESO E

Sintel in search of a dragon is a story with a nice view, precious landscapes. Although a bit short and simple is effective. The characters are realistic, some animated, like a game of Playstation 3 and high definition, more or less.
It is interesting, fun and beautiful but sad and it's amazing because you do not expect the final.

The activities are well to review the story, understand it better, you realize things that you noticed.
In general, the truth is great, good, fantastic. It is cool.

[21] Por Lara el 08.06.11/19:09 Enlace permanente   Responder 


I liked it but it is very sad especially when Sintel  kills Scales in self defense. Triste

[22] Por Anne el 12.06.11/13:28 Enlace permanente   Responder 


I think the story is very beautiful, but I think that the end is very sad. LloraThis is my invented end, I think it isn't very sad: Sindel kills the big dragon and when she cries because she doesn't find Scales, he appears behind a tree and then they go home and were very happy for ever. That's all! Sonrisa

The activities are very interesting, I think I can learn a lot with them.{#lang_emotions_embarassed}

[22.1] Por Alejandro Valero el 12.06.11/14:10 Enlace permanente

Alejandro Valero

Thank you, Anne. I think the end is so sad because the movie authors want to stress that the efforts people make to achive something are not always fulfiled by a good reward. You can always make a mistake or find an unexpected ending. However, there is sometimes an added hope which can make up for the efforts; in this case it is Scales' baby dragon, that goes with Sintel in the end. {#lang_emotions_smile}

[23] Por Ana M. Almarza el 12.06.11/20:11 Enlace permanente   Responder 

Ana M. Almarza

Now let me give you my own ending, please. {#lang_emotions_smile}

The video is over but the story could go on like this:

Sintel didn't see Scales' baby dragon because she was thinking of her dead friend so the baby was hurt. When he started crying she saw him and she looked after him as she had done with his mother long time ago.

Sintel let him go when he felt strong to fly back to Dragon Land because she knew that his home was there.

Scales' baby told his friends that Sintel was a special girl who looked after dragons when they were hurt and Sintel became a dragon vet.

Now she feels happy because many dragons visit her quite often and she is no longer alone. {#}

[23.1] Por Alejandro Valero el 13.06.11/23:43 Enlace permanente

Alejandro Valero

This is a very nice ending, Ana. And I hope that Sintel will find an ecologist boyfriend who can love her and help her with the business. Risa

[24] Por Marta el 12.06.11/21:57 Enlace permanente   Responder 


The story is very sad,because the girl kills her own pet.

[25] Por Fabio 1ºE el 13.06.11/11:51 Enlace permanente   Responder 


I liked the beginning but not the end because it is so sad

[26] Por Pablo Villegas el 13.06.11/20:01 Enlace permanente   Responder 


I liked the story , but it is very sad

Sintel is very sad because she kills Scales. Guiño

[27] Por Daniel Monzon 1ºE el 13.06.11/21:25 Enlace permanente   Responder 


The video is nice but the end was sad{#lang_emotions_cry}

[28] Por Gary el 14.06.11/17:11 Enlace permanente   Responder 


The end was very sad.

[29] Por Marta 1ºE el 14.06.11/19:30 Enlace permanente   Responder 


The story is very nice but the end is very sad because Scales died.

[30] Por Pablo el 15.06.11/12:19 Enlace permanente   Responder 


The film of Sintel is very great. The baby dagon is scary. in the story the landscape is beautiful. The character had big hands and she is brave. Sintel fights with the dagon, Sintel wins. The end of the teacher is great.

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