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Film and literacy: Stories with familiar settings

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By Karen Miller—Freelance writer and Editor of Film Street. Karen has a film blog at http://filmparade.wordpress.com

Explore everyday environments using these poignant short films in the third part in our series of film-based literacy ideas

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Exploring a film of the same genre as the book you are studying with your class can help reinforce the children’s understanding of the features of the text. It can also help them extend their vocabulary through the language of image, music and sound to make their descriptions more vibrant and, in turn, their written work much richer.

In Unit 1 Stories with familiar settings, Year 2 children are encouraged to explore a selection of stories with settings and themes that are familiar. This could include home, school and making friends, to provide stimuli for the creation of stories based on their own experiences.

Using film

Before you begin to analyse any film, allow the children to watch it all the way through. Encourage them to share their initial reactions and make sure they have understood the plot.

Stories with familiar settings come under contemporary fiction in the Renewed Primary Framework for Literacy. Work with your class to identify the following features of this text type in the films you watch:

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