In this Oscar Award winning short film, a boy finds a strange creature on the beach and determines that it must be lost. Trying to find where this strangely colorful and unique creature belongs in a gray world where everyone seems content with their repetitive routines turns out to be a difficult task.
Close reading strategies applied to a short film. Teaching with short films is a great way to engage struggling readers and English language learners, giving them a scaffold that enables them to actively participate in discussions with peers about literary terms. Each film/ lesson comes with: plot maps, essential questions, writing, and discussion prompts and suggestions for extending the lesson. They can be used with a single question as a quick warm-up activity, or as an in-depth study of literary devices using the "extend the lesson" page and the writing prompts. This lesson using "The Lost Thing" focuses on setting, theme, symbolism and the Notice and Note Signpost Tough Questions.
This set of standards based lessons includes an examination of character, conflict, setting, and theme, and the identification of the Notice and Note signpost Tough Questions. Students can explore comparisons between the situations and themes in this film with those in the novels "The Giver", “The Wizard of Oz”, “Peter Pan”, “Alice in Wonderland”, or the picture book “The Polar Express” through discussion activities, graphic organizers, and guiding questions. The short film is 15 minutes long and is NOT included with the lesson.