Episode clip: Mr Wong's Emporium Activity 4: The 'No. 5' assortment



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Episode clip: Mr Wong's Emporium

Activity 4: The 'No. 5' assortment

Subtheme: Customs and traditions



  • Evelyn and her family are excited by the prospect of being the owners of the Mr Wong's 'No. 5' assortment of fireworks. It is the best available and is expensive.

Discover

  • View the clip and observe the box construction and the designs on the outside. Also look at the designs of the fireworks. As a class work out how many fireworks are in the box. What varieties are included? What type of effects would each firework produce when lit? Consider what instructions would be needed to inform people of the dangers involved and the safe procedures for lighting the fireworks. Ask the class to estimate the cost of the box and its contents.

Reflect

  • Ask students to design their own box of fireworks based on Mr Wong's 'No. 5' assortment. They need to design the box itself; a label and instructions for the outside; and include images to decorate the outside of the box. They could also design two or three fireworks that are to be placed in the box. Each should have a different design drawn around it to denote the type of firework it is.

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  • Student Activity Sheet: E11.4: My box of fireworks




Episode clip: Mr Wong's Emporium


Activity 5: Non-verbal communication

Discover


  • As a class view carefully, without sound, the scene where Evelyn tries to pay for the box of fireworks. Examine how the filmmaker uses visual clues to tell the audience what is happening.

  • Focus students' attention on the actors' body language and gestures; the use of camera shots and camera angles; and the way link shots connect ideas and establish relationships between the characters. Why does Evelyn rearrange the coins? What does Mr Wong think she is doing? How do we know?

Reflect

  • Give students a blank storyboard and have them note each of the camera shots used in the exchange between Evelyn and Mr Wong.

  • Watch the scene from where Mr Wong puts the box onto the counter up until where the children turn to leave the shop. As a class, discuss the information recorded in the storyboards and create a class list of camera shots used. Replay the scene to allow students to focus again on the types of shots used and how they influence the viewer.

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  • Student Activity Sheet E11.5: Inside Mr Wong's Emporium




Episode clip: Mr Wong's Emporium

Activity 6: Making meaning

Subtheme: Relationships



Discover
  • Have students work in pairs to script a dramatic silent exchange between two characters, using body language and gesture to convey the story. Ask them to consider carefully how they will draw audience attention to the important events and interactions in the scene. Have students present their silent scene to the class. Encourage students to give specific and constructive feedback to each other about the effectiveness of their scenes.


Reflect

  • Ask students to use a storyboard template to create a wordless comic strip version of the same scene, this time including specific camera shots that will draw attention to the important moments in the exchange. They must decide which character or objects they will show in close-up and why. How will the action between the characters convey the intended message to the audience? The completed storyboards can be made into a class book to share for a viewing activity.

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  • Student Activity Sheet E11.6: Camera shots


Student Activity Sheet E11.4




Episode 11: 1908: Evelyn

Activity 4: The 'No.5' assortment




Clip: Mr Wong’s Emporium

My box of fireworks

Evelyn and her family are excited by the prospect of being the owners of the Mr Wong's 'No. 5' assortment of fireworks. It is the best available and costs a great deal.

Design your own box of fireworks. Your design will include the box itself, a label and instructions for the outside of the box. Add images to decorate the box. Design two or three fireworks that you would put in the box. The fireworks should have different decorations drawn around them to show what kind of display you would see in the sky once they have been lit. Use the space below to plan your designs.






Student Activity Sheet E11.5




Episode 11: 1908: Evelyn

Activity 5: Non-verbal communication




Clip: Mr Wong's Emporium
Inside Mr Wong's Emporium


  1. Watch 'Mr Wong's Emporium' without sound and make a note of the main events. Summarise what you think is happening in the scene, supporting your ideas with evidence from the clip.















  1. View the clip again, this time with sound. Compare your original interpretations with what you now understand. How close was your summary to the actual story?


















Student Activity Sheet E11.6




Episode 11: 1908: Evelyn

Activity 6: Making meaning





Clip: Mr Wong's Emporium
Camera shots

Watch the scene from where Mr Wong puts the box on the counter up until the part where the children turn to leave the shop. Use the storyboard to note each of the camera shots used in the exchange between Evelyn and Mr Wong.







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