Sunday, April 29, 2012

More short films to support writing

Short films and animations are great to use in class to support various types of writing, including fictional storytelling, non-fiction, biography, poetry and instruction writing.
There are loads of great short films and animations available on YouTube, its just a case of looking and that takes time.
Check out Teacher Rob Smith's () great blog which focuses on the use of film and some great teaching
 ideas to support the teacher in developing literacy writing activities.  All of the films can be accessed directly from his blog too, saving you time looking; so giving you more time to plan and deliver!

Some of my favourites over the years include the following:

Epic Citadel by Epic - not exactly a book, but infact a demonstration of the 'Unreal Engine'- ideal as a storytelling tool for use within school and available as a free app.
Read how Porchester Primary School in Nottingham have used it for literacy development.

The Silent Book by Maia Walczak
The Piano by Aidan Gibbons - famously used by Year 5 teachers in the literacy strategy
The Plot Device by Seth Worley

Alma by Rodrigo Blaas
War Horse The Trailer
Monsterbox by Bellecour 3D

If using an iPad you can download videos from YouTube, some of the older videos such as The Piano may be incompatible, but you can still view online in YouTube via your iPad (if not blocked in school) or via Posterous (need an account, but free to use).
Unsure how to download YouTube videos?
Click here to find out how.

If you have any ideas for how short films might be used for teaching purposes and how they can support the curriculum let me know and I will add it to the suggestions.

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