This summary activity is a fun way to get students reading and writing using their favorite movies. It encourages students to analyze text, use context clues, make inferences, and think creatively to solve the 'anonymous summaries'. It also forces them to focus on the important elements of a story if they are to follow the rules of writing an anonymous movie of their own.
- Students will read over the three sample Anonymous Movie summaries. The samples lack titles and names of people and places. They must discover the name of the movie based on plot alone.
Answer Key: Moana, The Lion King, Finding Nemo
- Analyze the clues that lead students to concluding the movies fit the intentionally vague descriptions.
Example: Finding Nemo clue words (father, son, ocean) major clue (forgetful friend)
- After analyzing all three examples. Give students time to write their own for their own favorite movies.
- Have students show you their descriptions to make sure they are following the rules and clear.
- Read, or allow students to read, their summaries and see if the class can guess the movie based on the clues.
- Further analysis of the summary clues, as well as suggested improvements/alternate phrasing that could have made our plot summaries more clear to our audience.