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Assessment Framework

In the previous step we heard John Peto speak about the rich opportunities that filmmaking offers as a tool for assessment and showcasing student work.

Film offers a great alternative for the assessment of student work through the creation of collaborative or individual projects such as podcasts and film essays. This type of assessment engages children, and gives them a huge degree of pride in their work (students are often very keen to showcase their completed work to teachers, friends and family). Additionally, our research shows that pupils feel they better retain information which has been assessed through the creation of film projects.

Not only can filmmaking be a fantastic tool for assessment, but the assessment process actually develops a further wide range of skills that may also be assessed! These include technical, time management, team working, enterprise and planning skills.

As we round up this 4 week course, now is a good time to consider all of the skills you’ve developed as a result of the activities you and they have taken part in. We’ve explored the use of the 3Cs and 3Ss framework and its use for textual deconstruction and analysis, we’ve examined the power of sound to inspire and enhance writing, we have developed storytelling, poetic and screenwriting capabilities and we’ve measured our successes through filmic evidence. That’s quite a range of skills!

If you would like to demonstrate just how much your students have gained through the implementation of these techniques in your classroom, attached below you’ll find a range of assessment grids related to analysis, planning, writing and filmmaking skills which you can use to assess your students’ progress in each of these areas.

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Teaching Literacy Through Film

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