Viewing strategies for animation and film

My last posting was about viewing strategies for still images.  In this posting I’m going to share some strategies for viewing moving images in media such as short films or animations.

Viewing moving images strategy:

Watch the video/film twice. The first time, I ask the students to focus on the follow details…

1.  What do you see?
2.  What do you hear?
3.  What do you feel (emotions/thoughts)?
4.  What questions are you having?

After time for note-taking, we have a whole group discussion.  Often I would have students first have “elbow partner” discussions, then have a whole group “highlight” discussion.

The second time we watch,  I ask students to focus on these details…

  1. Character details (main or minor; traits…speech, thoughts, feelings, actions)
  1. Setting details (time, place, atmosphere)
  1. Plot details (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action…problem/solution)
  1. Theme (message, moral, lesson, or BIG idea)

From this learning experience, I am hoping to be able to help student find the “best possible theme” based on evidence from their viewing.

Below is a short animated story, “Replay“, that I use in my Short Stories unit.  Give the viewing strategies above a try and let me know what you think the best possible theme for this short story might be by leaving a comment.

What viewing strategies do you use?


About ibdanmagie

Generalist Educator that believes learning without action is wasteful. Transfer is an educational concept that resonates with me.
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