The film is not included with this lesson.
Why I Love Short Films: Movie rentals cost about $5 on Amazon and iTunes. For $1.99-$2.99 you can own a short film in your video library. With short films, you spend less time on the movie watching and more time on the learning and discussion. Because they are really short, the films can be watched multiple times and carefully analyzed with a different lens each time.
Teaching with short films is a great way to engage struggling readers and English language learners and give them a scaffold that enables them to actively participate in discussions with peers about literary terms without the barrier of text complexity. In this lesson students identify all six of the Notice and Note Signposts.
Each film lesson comes with:
1. An overview of key literary terms emphasized in the film
2. An essential question, which can be used for a writing prompt at the end of the lesson
3. Discussion prompts
4. A plot map (filled in) and a blank form for use as a student worksheet
5. Literary analysis skills worksheets ("The Dam Keeper" focuses on allusion, connotative and denotative word meanings, plot, characterization, theme and flashback-with a mini-lesson on bullying which is a key topic in this film)
6. Writing prompts for more in-depth analysis
7. Suggestions for extending the lesson, which can be used to extend the length of the lesson, as homework, or as a challenge activity for GATE students and/or connections to other stories in film or literature (This film includes connections to the Dutch windmill, "The Little Dutch Boy" and includes three pages from my novel unit on "The One and Only Ivan" in which I use this film for comparative analysis)
In short, there is enough material here for a week’s worth of lessons, or you can pick and choose the learning that you want to focus on for a single day’s lesson.