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.

Primary Resources

Oscars themed resources

  • A selection of easily adaptable Oscars-themed activities.

Teachers TV: History and Hollywood

  • See the role historical experts play in turning facts of the past into epic movies of the present.

Going up with a bang

  • Science was never more fun, stunt-scientist Mik Jacobs explains the combustion principles behind movie explosions.

Selling ‘The Bear’

  • Could your pupils be the film distributors of the future? Check out their skills with this film trailer production activity from the Hamilton Trust.

Secondary Resources

The Silver Screen Collection

  • 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.

What makes a trailer?

  • Learn the conventions of movie trailers in this analysis task.

The sound of the screen

  • 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.

Shrek V Snow White

  • 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.

From cell to camera to cinema

  • A good all-round film KS3 resource covering storyboarding, camera techniques and film reviewing.

‘Get busy living, or get busy dying’

  • Explore how film techniques are used to express the key themes and stereotypes in the Shawshank Redemption.

ESL Oscars

  • An Oscars themed worksheet for students studying English as a second language.

Scary scoring

  • From haunting violins to the dissonant chords that make us jump, examine scary music in this adaptable PowerPoint for KS3.

My Big Fat Greek Review

  • Are your students the critics of the future? With this useful guide to reviewing ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ they may just become so.

Media Mind Games

  • A collection of Scattergories favourites to jump start thinking in the Media/Film classroom.

FILMCLUB resources

Watch and learn from several screen masters as they talk to students about Hollywood movie-making and how to write a great review:

Long forgotten gems

  • A journey through some classic movies that were pipped to the post in the Best Picture Oscar category.

Films about films

  • 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.

Creative writing with Life of Pi

  • Engage your class’ literacy skills and fire their imaginations with these creative writing activities.

Life of Pi on screen

  • 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.

Storytelling on film

  • 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.

Film Club profile

  • Find out more about Film Club and explore more film-related resources.