We love hearing about how short films are used in schools. Amy Rashid is the Humanities coordinator at Williamstown High School (Melbourne, Aust) and told us about her experiences last week.
I used some of the Campfire films that related to Islam as my students were doing a study of the film Persepolis. It enabled them to get a range of perspectives and they were then able to make text to text connections. I have found the films particularly useful for Starter Activities at the beginning of a unit to get students focused on the themes and issues in Humanities, English and Home Group (pastoral care program). While viewing, I usually get the students to use a graphic organiser, such as a Lotus Diagram to draw meaning and make connections.
Amy kindly sent through a sample of her diagram and how she set it up for the film “Night Fare” in our festival showcase area for a short time longer.
There’s a whole lot more about Lotus diagrams around, but I’m also curious to hear from you.
What other techniques do you use when using short films in the classroom?