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Girl and boy in classroom writing a story in exercise books and smiling

Writing a first or final chapter

The image we’ve created is a great starting point for writing. Depending on your level of inspiration, you can either write a sentence, or begin with a 100 word first or final paragraph of a story.

Think about what has taken place before the scene you’ve chosen to draw, or forecast what might happen next. Practice building a narrative, with or without the pressure of constructing the whole story.

As we write about what we hear, we begin to ‘hear’ more when reading text, improving our speaking and listening skills in addition to those of visualisation and interpretation.

How would you build on the Sound on/vision off activity to write a full story? Share your lesson ideas in the comments below.

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Teaching Literacy Through Film

The British Film Institute (BFI)

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join:

  • Why use film to improve literacy?
    Why use film to improve literacy?

    Watch this short video to discover how and why learning through film improves literacy.

  • Foley sound
    Foley sound

    This step is an introduction to Foley art, and has a video clip with Foley artist, John Fewell.

  • Stills from The Girl and the Fox that show different shot sizes.
    Developing writing through camera shots

    Linking camera shots and positions to still images in this activity, can provide a great writing stimulus in creating narrative.

  • Record and Playback
    Record and Playback

    An introduction to the technique of Record and Playback, a simple but very effective tool for curricular learning.

  • Two images each showing samples of a shoe box set design.
    Shoebox set design

    Making a shoe box set takes your pupils on a filmmaking journey that produces literacy outcomes, and is a great tool for assessment. PDF provided.

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