GREAT START OR YEAR-END ACTIVITY. A movie eases students into back-to-school, and reviews terminology from last year with sound educational value for teachers!
GREAT STARTER TO A SHORT STORY UNIT (terms review)
This seven-page pdf document contains three different activities for a film study of The Princess Bride using terminology from most secondary short story units. The documents are attractively and humourously arranged with images to visually appeal to junior students. It is designed with Grade Eight students but could be easily adapted for all secondary years, and even intermediate grades.
Activity One: While you watch. A six-question worksheet which keeps students accountable for their active viewing of the film. This one-page handout is largely comprehension based, designed to ensure your students do not tune out. The answer key is included.
Activity Two: Applying Short Story Terminology to The Princess Bride. This is a two-page handout with thirteen short-answer questions which has student analyze the film using the following literary terms: conflict, protagonist, antagonist, stereotype, suspense, round characters, flat characters, static characters, dynamic characters, point of view, genre, atmosphere/mood, climax, and theme. The answer key is included.
Activity Three: A Group Activity. By way of group activity review, students will create products that summarize their learning on the following literary terms: Freytag's Pyramid (a.k.a. plot diagram), including inciting incident, rising action, conflict, climax, falling action, conclusion, theme, character (static, dynamic, flat, and round).