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Summarising a Film

Summarising a Film

The ability to summarise is an essential skill for the developing reader, but it is also a highly sophisticated skill which needs to be modelled repeatedly by the teacher. It is another of those aspects of reading which sophisticated readers take for granted: as we progress through a text we are subconsciously assimilating and synthesising each new piece of information and constantly updating our summary of the whole.

There are a number of ways in which the ability to summarise effectively can be developed in learners.

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Typical Activities

  • Consider the title of the film (which is one form of summary). Can you provide a better one? Explain your choice.
  • Write a tagline for the film.
  • Write a pitch for the film as you would present it to a potential investor in 25 words or less.
  • Write a synopsis (200-300 words) for the investor to accompany the pitch.
  • Write a script for a trailer for the film in no more than 100 words.
  • Write a tweet about the film to entice people to see it. Stick to the character limit!
  • Design a poster for the film, including the key elements
  • Record a 'sound-only' radio trailer for the film.
  • Make a film trailer using a selected edit of shots from the original, adding a voiceover (all the films here on Screening Shorts are downloadable and so ideal for editing).