Oscars 2013 teaching resources
85th Academy Awards Collection
Sunday, 24 February marks the biggest night in the Hollywood calendar with the 85th Academy Awards. With the red carpet rolled out, the vie for best picture and an array of stars adding more than a touch of glamour, we’ve put together a special Oscars collection of film-related resources to help you celebrate some of the great silver screen stories with your class.
- A selection of easily adaptable Oscars-themed activities.
- See the role historical experts play in turning facts of the past into epic movies of the present.
- Science was never more fun, stunt-scientist Mik Jacobs explains the combustion principles behind movie explosions.
- Could your pupils be the film distributors of the future? Check out their skills with this film trailer production activity from the Hamilton Trust.
- What kind of film is it? How can we sell it? Who should be allowed to watch it? These are just some of the questions you can explore in this compendium of Media/Film resources.
- Learn the conventions of movie trailers in this analysis task.
- Music can make us cry, laugh or hide away in fear. Introduce the wonder of the soundtrack and get students composing their own score with this workbook.
- Every screen story must grab its audience in the first 5 minutes - the golden rule of screenwriting, study the opening sequences of Shrek and Snow White in this comparison activity.
- A good all-round film KS3 resource covering storyboarding, camera techniques and film reviewing.
- Explore how film techniques are used to express the key themes and stereotypes in the Shawshank Redemption.
- An Oscars themed worksheet for students studying English as a second language.
- From haunting violins to the dissonant chords that make us jump, examine scary music in this adaptable PowerPoint for KS3.
- Are your students the critics of the future? With this useful guide to reviewing ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ they may just become so.
- A collection of Scattergories favourites to jump start thinking in the Media/Film classroom.
Watch and learn from several screen masters as they talk to students about Hollywood movie-making and how to write a great review:
- A journey through some classic movies that were pipped to the post in the Best Picture Oscar category.
- Reviews of the best movies about movie-making- the films that take us behind the scenes and into the green room exploring the very nature of the film itself.
- Engage your class’ literacy skills and fire their imaginations with these creative writing activities.
- Examine Ang Lee’s film adaptation of Yan Martell’s novel Life of Pi to explore ideas about storytelling and concepts of divinity and belief.
- This resource offers suggestions of suitable films to support a storytelling focus in class and how to explore the language of film and the art and craft of creating story on screen.
- Find out more about Film Club and explore more film-related resources.