Teaching Setting using Short Films for Kids

Teaching Writing Skills with Animated Shorts
 

Using animated short films for kids is a great way to motivate students to learn. The animated short The Box is based on real events that are taking place in Syria. The film is meant to educate the world about the struggles the Syrians are facing. 

The Box

Free Printables to Use when Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with the Animated Short The Box

What’s Included

  • Video Links
    A page with links for finding the film
  • Two Activities
    • Students describe the setting and its relevance to the story of the film.
    • On the next organizer, students compare the video The Box to the novel Refugee.
  • Answer Keys
  • Google Slides Version
    You will also find a link to the Google Slides version of the organizers.

 

GET ACTIVITIES HERE.

 

Short Films for Kids – The Box [6:48]

 

Book Trailer for Refugee [1:12]

 

 

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short The Box

Short Films for Kids
Film Summary

Syria Today

A civil war is taking place between the Ba’athist Syrian Arab Republic led by President Bashar al-Assad and various domestic and foreign forces opposing the Syrian government.

In 2000, al-Assad became president. He rules the country like a dictator. As the people in Syria became unhappy with his power, protests demanding a democratic government rule the country started. This has caused a chain reaction of al-Assad killing people who speak against him causing more and more citizens to fight against al-Assad.

More than 250,000 people have died and millions have fled their homes.

The Box Story

The film begins in a light-hearted way with a young child happily playing with a cardboard box. The mood swiftly changes when war comes close. Once the child’s home is bombed, the boy is alone except for his pet cat.

The box that was once a playhouse turns into the boy’s shelter in a refugee camp. The film flashes through a series of scary scenes at the refugee camp. The people look sad. Children are eating leaves and taking baths in tubs while bombs explode nearby.

During a wind storm, the box blows away causing the boy to make a mad dash for his shelter. He catches up with the box, folds it into a square, and walks away from the refugee camp. The boy walks endless hours carrying the box. At one point, the boy imagines his parents are near but soon realizes they are just figments of his imagination.

Once the boy reaches the sea, he refolds the box into a boat. The mood is terribly sad as the boy’s pet cat refuses to get into the boat with him. The film ends with the hope that the boy will sail in his cardboard boat to safety.

If you missed the link above, here it is again. Get the printable activities plus links to the Google Slides version by clicking on this button.

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More Samples from the Teaching Writing with Animated Shorts Series

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Shorts Pt 1 Digital+Printable
Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Shorts Pt 2 Digital+Printable
Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Shorts Digital Christmas
Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Shorts Digital Bundled

 

 Writing Series
Teaching Narrative Writing Skills with Animated Short Films Digital + Printable
Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Shorts Pt 2 Digital+Printable
Teaching Informative Writing Skills with Animated Shorts Digital + Printable
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teaching-Writing-Skills-with-Animated-Short-Films-Digital-Printable-5042619

 

 

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