Flat Life

I have never really been sure about how to use the animation  Flat Life, first seen on the BFI Story Shorts 2 dvd.  However, today I think I might have found an outcome for the film.

Through the post I received my own copy of Building Stories by Chris Ware – a book that is definitely not for children – and fell in love with it.  It has a lot of things that I like; beautiful visuals, tactile appeal, an unusual structure, a very appealing front cover/box and a range of text types but all in graphics.  Many thanks @literacyadviser for the tweet about this book.

The ‘book’ comes in a beautiful cardboard box and consists of 14 different types of book/booklet/poster/newspaper and so on. I think it is like Black and White by David Macaulay on steroids.





 I haven’t started to read them in detail yet.  I am just scanning my way through everything to  sort out how it works and what order I should read them in.  I understand from the reviews that it is probably best to read them in order.  What I do know is that the book tells the story of inhabitants of a block of flats and it is this that reminded me of Flat Life.  It seems to me that the children could create booklets about the characters in Flat Life, using the animation as a starting point and through a series of drama/role play activities, develop the characters and their lives further.  They could then tell these in graphic form either by drawing or by using some form of comic creater – Comic Life springs to mind.

It also reminds me of the book 99 Ways to Tell a Story by Matt Madden.  99 different styles of comic telling the same story.

What have you seen this half-term that has caused you to make new links?

Animations for Literacy

I have been on a hunt for online animations to use in Literacy teaching and have come across some fantastic ones.  They are all available on YouTube and sometimes on other hosting sites as well. The easiest way to use the animations is to download them.

My all time favourite has to be Father and Daughter by Michael Dudok de Wit.  You can also see it here.

Oktapodi directed by Julien Bocabeille and Francois-Xavier Chanioux made me laugh out loud.  It reminds me of Finding Nemo.  See it here and if you can’t access YouTube try here.

I am becoming a little obsessed with animations made using sticky notes.  Yellow Sticky Notes by Jeff Chiba Stearn is wonderful.  Thi s would be a more interesting outcome for the Yr6 unit on biography and autobiography.

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