For the Birds (Short Film Comprehension Task)
This resource could be used as a presentation for a whole class lesson or as a literacy group activity. It requires very little preparation which makes it a fantastic relief / substitute teaching resource too! It includes:
- Web links to film (internet access required)
- Super Six Comprehension Strategies (predicting, visualising, monitoring, connecting, questioning and summarising)
- Guiding questions for discussion before, during and after watching the short film
- Writing task ideas
I find short films to be a highly engaging tool to help students develop their comprehension skills. Many short films are wordless which means students really need to draw upon their abilities to predict or infer, question, monitor, visualise, connect and summarise the information presented in order to thoroughly understand the text.
For the Birds is a short film which focuses on the difficulty of trying to 'fit in' with a group simply because one is 'different'. One by one, a flock of small birds perch on a telephone wire. Sitting close together has problems enough, but then along comes a large dopey bird that tries to join them. The birds of a feather can't help but make fun of him—and their clique mentality proves embarrassing in the end.