Meatrix (English)

  • The Meatrix
  • Louis Fox
  • Spojené státy
  • 2003
  • 4 min.
Audio-visual lessons

Lesson objectives

  1. practice grammar and improve understanding of spoken word in a foreign language
  2. think about the living conditions of animals in industrial farming
  3. realize our own stance on meat consumption

Do you know what the Meatrix is? It is the generally spread lie about the origin of meat, which we believe in. At least this is what the authors of this witty, animated parody on the popular sci-fi movie Matrix tell us. The mysterious bull Moopheus unveils the truth to Leo, the pig, about his life, when he offers him a pill, which discloses the truth about the real world he lives in. The pleasant family-owned farm, where Leo has been living until now disappears and Leo and Moopheus find themselves in a large-scale industrial hog farm. Leo gradually finds out how people treat farm animals: they keep them in small enclosed spaces with no opportunity to run outside and give them low quality feed. At the same time, large farm are a burden on the environment in the surrounding area. Will Leo want to return to the fantasy land or will he decide to fight for the truth and join Moopheus and his friends?

Recommended age group

8—12 years

Thematic area

Cizojazyčné lekce

Theme

Angličtina / English

Teaching materials

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Me, Meatrix and Meat

Activity / 45 min.

Pupils will:
  • increase their awareness of living conditions of animals in factory farming
  • think about healthy and unhealthy food
  • develop their communication skills in English

Red or Blue?

Activity / 60 min.

Pupils will:
  • talk about where our food comes from
  • understand a foreign languge text
  • form thoughts in a foreign language

Where Does the Food Come From

Activity / 60 min.

  • learn to understand a foreign language text
  • form thoughts in foreign language
  • learn about food production options

Questions and answers

Informational texts

  • factory farming vs. organic farming of animals
  • environmetally friendly products
  • buying locally produced meat

Jak na reflexi emocí po filmové projekci

Informational texts

  • proč je důležité pracovat s emocemi, které film v žácích vyvolal
  • základní metody reflexe: Jedno slovo, I.N.S.E.R.T., Pětilístek

Jak pracovat s audiovizuálními materiály

  • instruktážní film
  • rady a doporučení
  • manuál
  • obecné aktivity

Distance learning

  • practice of vocabulary in the following areas: farming, animals, food
  • thinking about the food industry and eating habits
  • increasing an awarness of the problem of industrial breeding

Accompanying and recommended materials

Webpages of the Meatrix film

Learn more about the issues from the film

World Wide Fund for Nature

Carbon Footprint Calculator and other useful resources

BBC Article

Eat Less Meat

Project Food Right Now

Educational material describing hunger issues in the global context - česky

Tim the Grocer

Interactive game on eco label recognition - in English

Lesson partners