Robert Bevan The Cab Horse c. 1910 artwork

Predicting the past: Read all about it!

So far we’ve considered what a given film might look like from sound and predicted what happens at certain points. Now we’re going to use a still image to predict what happened before.

Look at the artwork above. Does the horse look calm? Consider what you think happened before this moment. What led to the men losing control of the horse? Was it a series of unfortunate incidents? Or did a competitor loosen the horse’s leash? You might wish to read more about this artwork on the Tate website for contextualisation purposes. If so please click here.

Prediction activities can be very useful when working with tenses. This particular activity will focus on the past tense but other times the activity could focus on future or present.

Predicting the past

For this activity we’d like you to create a short, four-sentence newspaper story entitled Horsing around! Equestrian Drama on High Street based on the above artwork.

You should include the following:

  • A verb (past tense) in each sentence. Two with the -ed suffix and two without
  • At least two time connectives in the four sentences
  • At least one example of alliteration.

Add your news story to the Comments section. Did anyone else think the same as you? How would this activity best work in your classroom?

Extension Activity

In Week 2 we will do a small amount of filmmaking. If this is something that you go on to develop further, a great activity could be creating a news report retelling what happened in the run up to a famous artwork.

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