The English Classroom

A HELPFUL GUIDE FOR PRESERVICE TEACHERS

I always imagine life as a tv show. Your life is the series itself, while each season represents one year in your life. For example, a twelve year old is currently on Season Twelve of Their Life.

For some people, their television show might be amazing! Fantastic characters (The people in your life) and positive experiences for the central character (You). For others, the characters may struggle season after season. This is the type of outside the box thinking you want your students to develop.

Now, getting students to imagine their life as a film is a wonderful way to get them thinking outside the box and imagine how their life is functionally a story.

We can offer a number of fantastic opportunities to get students thinking outside of the box. This comes down to the questioning. For example, ask students the following questions and see what they come up with:

  • What colour are you?
  • What animal are you?
  • What food are you?
  • What type of furniture are you?
  • What type of car are you?

Even better, present students with a list of photos that they need to choose from to help develop an opinion.

Below, I have detailed a task for students to imagine their life as a film. They plan out the title, the visual features of their movie poster and the type of genre. This task allows students to learn important skills around filmic techniques and representation/symbolism through an interesting and engaging task.



Next, students are ready to draw their film poster and outline a summary fo the film itself.


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