Short films to develop creativity, literacy and cineliteracy
'One of the most exciting resources for English teaching to have appeared in recent years' Paul Clayton, Secondary English
Moving image media play a key role in the lives of children and young people. They watch many hours of television in a week and are keen cinemagoers and video viewers. Short films have fantastic potential in the English classroom. They provide engaging and stimulating material through which concepts such as genre, representation, narrative structure and characterization can be explored and understood.
This teaching pack - including a video compilation of six short films accompanied by a teaching guide and support materials on a CD-ROM - introduces innovative ways to teaching with film that support work within the National Curriculum framework. Developed by Mark Reid, Teacher Training Officer at the BFI, with practising English teachers, this resource demonstrates how effective short films can be in enhancing your students' literacy skills and creativity, and will help you meet the National Curriculum for English requirement to study moving image media. Contents
The video compilation consists of six short films and three advertisements:
* One Day a Man Bought a House (1998) 7 minutes * Virus (2002) 6 minutes * Father and Daughter (2000) 8 minutes 30 seconds * Schwarzfahrer (Fare Dodger) (1993) 12 minutes * Feeling My Way (1998) 5 minutes 30 seconds * The Sandman (1991) 10 minutes * Radio Scotland ads - Foggie Bummer, Tartan Toyboys, True Romance - 30 seconds each * Total running time approx. 55 mins
The teaching guide provides background information, an explanation of approaches to teaching with short films, schemes of work and some useful worksheets and handouts. It is divided into the following sections:
* Why use short films to teach literacy * About the films * Thinking about moving image media * Teaching with Screening Stories * Schemes of work and lesson plans * Digging deeper - more about film production * Glossary
Teaching notes are provided for reading on screen and can be printed out. They include links to schemes of work, handouts and activity sheets, in PDF format. Print files as required. Technical specifications: suitable for use on a PC or Macintosh with CD-Rom drive.