MATERIALS Needed: Video “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” (15 minutes long). Video not included, but it is available online. Watch the preview here: http://morrislessmore.com/?p=film You may also want the video for “Paperman” if you are going to do the lesson on anthropomorphism. It can be found online as well. There is also a lesson using “Paperman” in my TpT store, but the comparison page is in both lessons.
*Note: If you google the video you may sometimes find them for free online either on YouTube (I found both of these videos on YouTube) or Vimeo, Netflix, Amazon (if you have Prime), and https://www.shortoftheweek.com/ are also great places to find short films free of charge. I buy mine on iTunes or Amazon, because I like to own my videos and I like to support the people who make these wonderful stories.
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. Because they are really short, the films can be watched multiple times and be carefully analyzed. 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.
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.
Each film lesson comes with:
An overview of key literary terms emphasized in the film
An essential question, which can be used for a writing prompt at the end of the lesson
Discussion prompts, which can be used as topics for give one get one, think pair share, turn and talk or quick writes
A plot map (filled in) and a blank form for use as a student worksheet
Literary analysis skills worksheets
Writing prompts for more in-depth analysis
Suggestions for extending the lesson, which can be used to extend the length of the lesson or as a challenge activity for GATE students and/or connections to other stories in film or literature