Literacy Year 5 Film Narrative Essay

Film narrative (3 weeks)

This is a narrative unit of work based on film which can be taught at any appropriate point during the year. The unit has three phases with oral and written outcomes and assessment opportunities for teachers and children at intervals throughout each phase.

Phase 1

Watch and re-watch the film The Piano by Aidan Gibbons (The Piano video). Use key points in the film to discuss features and themes. Explore approaches made by the film maker to create moods, pace and viewpoint. Develop children's film metalanguage by identifying how colour, light, sound and camera angles have been used to tell the narrative. Use a reading journal to record opinions of the narrative.

Phase 2

Children work as part of a group to use drama strategies to explore characters in depth. Devise questions to ask the main characters and work in role to explore more complex emotional issues. Demonstrate growing understanding of characters by writing a short conversation at a key point in the film using the conventions of speech punctuation. Use a reading journal to record inferences and demonstrate understanding of characters by writing in the first person.

Phase 3

Develop a story board for the narrative by capturing and importing key images into a presentation program. Children write their own version of The Piano, organising writing into paragraphs, and create a multimodal presentation of this version including images, voice-over, soundtrack and written text.

Overview

  • Watch and re-watch the film The Piano by Aidan Gibbons. Use key points in the film to discuss features and themes. Explore approaches made by the film-maker to create moods, pace and viewpoint. Develop pupils' film metalanguage by identifying how colour, light, sound and camera angles have been used to tell the narrative. Use a reading journal to record opinions of the narrative.
  • Work as part of a group to use drama strategies to explore characters in depth. Devise questions to ask the main characters and work in role to explore more complex emotional issues. Demonstrate growing understanding of characters to write a short conversation at a key point in the film using the conventions of speech punctuation. Use a reading journal to record inferences and demonstrate understanding of characters by writing in first person.
  • Develop a storyboard for the narrative by capturing and importing key images into presentational software. Children write their own version of The Piano, organising writing into paragraphs, and create a multimodal presentation of this version to include images, voiceover, soundtrack and written text.

1998 Framework objectives covered:

Year 5, Term 1: T2, T3 and T4 compare the structure of different stories; investigate how characters are presented referring to the text; consider how texts can be routed in the writer's experience; T5 understand dramatic conventions; T9 develop an active attitude towards reading seeking answers, anticipating events, empathising with characters and imagining events that are described; T13 record ideas, reflections and predictions about a book, for example through a reading log or journal; T14 and T15 map out texts showing development and structure; write new scenes or characters into a story, in the manner of the writer, maintaining consistency of character and style, using paragraphs to organise and develop detail.

Year 5, Term 2: T13 review and edit writing to produce a final form.

 Key Stage 2 Literacy

The Piano (Aidan Gibbons)- Film Narrative

The Piano is suggested by the National Literacy Strategy as a unit on film narrative in Year 5. Studying the film and the themes that run through the short clip generates some fantastic speaking and listening opportunities as well as some amazing writing. Personally, it is my favourite unit of study that I have worked on with any of my classes. The film below comes directly from the National Framework website, so beware alternatives on other sites where different music has been used. Scroll down for further resources/ideas.
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Click on the left hand side for a link to some examples of writing based on 'The Piano' by Aidan Gibbons.

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