Students view some animated stories and discuss ways of telling and retelling stories. They create stories and compare animation and print as storytelling media.
Any available Lift Off episode. Each Lift Off episode includes a self-contained three-minute Animated feature story. Each animated story is different and a wide range of animation and narrative styles are used.
Hunting the not fair from That's Not Fair Lift Off 1 ep 04A ACTF
Grandma's knee from Threads LIFT OFF 1 ep 25A ACTF
Baby from Under Pressure Lift Off 2 ep 02A ACTF
Mrs Talkalot from In Your Shoes Lift Off 2 ep 11A ACTF
Animated in Real Friends Lift Off 1 ep 20A ACTF
Animated in Lost Lift Off 1ep 21A ACTF
See also these segments in the Lift Off education resource packs:
Upwardly mobile frogs and Chuck, the rock in Lift Off to the environment
Burping baby and Hunting the not fair in Lift Off to language
Freckles and The outsider inLift Off to personal growth Beach cleaner in Lift Off to play
Grandma's knee in Lift Off to social learning and living Ice flowers in Lift Off to science and technology Other: Felix and Alexander by Terry Denton OUP Melbourne 1985
How the bird got its colours by May Albert Ashton Scholastic Sydney 1992
Watch the story without any sound and predict what the story will be about, who will be telling the story and what it will sound like. Think of words that could describe the story, e.g. sad, funny, noisy, eventful, slow-moving. Watch the story and see how close the predictions were. Talk about the use of sound effects to illustrate the mood of the story. Classify the sound of the story using words like fast, soft, slow, repetitive, etc.
Discuss the story
Discuss what happened in the story. Make a timeline of events. Students could illustrate this and display as a wall frieze. Consider some of the following techniques to encourage students to retell the story:
plan a television news report about the story and present it to the class
develop a storyboard for the story using six to eight segments
make puppets and develop a play based on the story
re-tell the story on audiotape for a class of younger students.
Do some creative writing
List the main characters. Students select a character from the story and write a day in the life of ... or a letter from this character to a relative or a wanted poster or design a new wardrobe.
Compare two stories
Compare and contrast two quite different feature stories, e.g. Hunting the not fair from That's not fair and Grandma's knee from Threads or Baby from Under pressure and Mrs Talkalot from In your shoes. List all the differences, e.g. use of colour, sound, camera movement, narration, topic.
Describe the choice of animation style. Why was it chosen? What else might have been appropriate? Have a go at depicting a favourite scene from the story using the animator's style.
Talk about the work of animators and the choices they make in animating a story. Watch two animated feature stories and compare and contrast animation styles. List three reasons why the students think the animation style was chosen.
Compare with the book
Choose one of the stories that is available in book form to read to the class and compare with the animation e.g.
Felix and Alexander by Terry Denton and animated in Real friends, or
How the bird got its colours by May Albert and animated in Lost
Compare the two different media (book, animation). Discuss the similarities and differences in presentation. Have a vote of which medium the students thought worked best and why.
Create the next chapter in the story
Discuss students' reactions to the story. How did they feel and why? What did the writer and illustrator do to evoke their feelings? Does the mood change? As a class plan the next
chapter of this story. Write down the main storyline and plot main events. This could be developed into a class book.
The animated feature story titles are:
(Note: The numbering system used below, e.g. A load of old rubbish 1:1A refers to 'Title ... Lift Off Series 1 ep 1 Part A).