Saturday, October 08, 2011

Giveaway for Descriptive Writing Animated Character Help

This term for assessment, my grade 2 students are being asked to write a description of a fictional character. I am responsible for writing the task and criteria/grading sheet. I am wanting the kids to watch a short segment/s of an animated movie where at least 1 character (2 preferable) is shown in enough detail for students to write a description of the character (with details of appearance, personality etc).

This is where you come in my blogging friends! Do you know of any such segments?? I've been thinking of Aladdin or Snow White but my son is 12 now and I'm not really up with the current animated movies!!!... and I don't really have time to sit through and watch them looking for a good up to 5 minutes or so segment.

Please, please, please comment if you can recommend a particular segment of an animated movie!! I'll give everyone who leaves a unique comment a copy of my new Apple Basket Fact Family activity. Here's a sneak peek - it's not yet available!
 
So, to grab your copy before the official release (HA! I sound like a salesman! I REALLY want your suggestions!!) comment below by Sunday night! Thanks to everyone who commented! Your activity is being sent via email! (Just so you know, I've just had a thought that most of you are probably still enjoying your Sunday morning but it's Sunday night here!). I haven't decided what I'm doing yet, but am working on watching a whole heap of your suggestions on you tube tonight. Please leave a comment or email me your email address (downunderteacherblog@gmail.com) if you didn't leave it in your comment so I can get it to you.

21 comments:

  1. could you use a Simpson's character such as Lisa? Focusing on an episode when they are the main story?

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  2. "Despicable Me" is such a great movie with characters that can be described in great detail. "Tangled" is another movie where the students can compare the original Rapunzel story to the new movie.
    Beth Ann at Taming My Flock of Firsties

    http://familyrunningmyjourney.blogspot.com/

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  3. How about The Incredibles, Toy Story, Shrek... or if you wanted to get the children to really know the characters through facial expressions, body movement and non verbal communication Wall-e or Up! (soooo lovely but sooo sad!)
    Basically, anything Pixar will have really great characters that you can connect with and understand very well.

    Hope this helps!
    Claire
    http://misstoffeesclass.blogspot.com

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  4. I would suggest Toy Story or Cars. Both of these movies are on my kids' favorites list and they've watched them over and over again. Both movies have great characters that kids can connect with. I hope this helps!

    apples4c@hotmail.com

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  5. What about Lion King? This is my students' current favorite. They couldn't believe I had seen it before....great discussion during morning meeting! The students' could discuss the character traits of the characters and how it impacts the ending.

    crhdouglas@gmail.com

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  6. What about Tarzan? In the beginning when they show the baby and the ape together. They could describe the baby and would get a kick out of the ape "smelling" him! They could also describe the ape (mom). Also, the cute little elephant with the germ phobia when he gets in the water...... I love this movie. I may have to turn it on while I plug away today on my research paper!! Hope this helps.

    Lisa
    Barrylisa@eatel.net

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  7. In the movie Monsters Inc. there is a great segment toward the end of the movie where Sully (the big blue monster) has just realized how badly he scared Boo. His "scary face" comes up on the screen in a still shot and then Boo's reactive face comes up in a still shot as well. The kids would be able to write about both characters appearance/feelings in that shot. There are some other great segments in that movie as well, but these segments came to mind first. Hope it's helpful!
    A Day in First Grade

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  8. My "little one" is 18, so I don't know the recent stuff, but there are plenty of classics out there! Lion King is my all time favorite: the classic story of Hamlet in with animated lions. Several segments come to mind (mostly accompanied by a song)which give good information on the characters. Young Simba's "I Just Can't Wait to be King" shows his youthful hopefulness and playfulness. Scar's "Be Prepared" shows his evil desire to take over the kingdom. Pumba and Timon's "Hakuna Matata" show their desire to make the best of their situation to enjoy life.

    If you're willing to go with non-animated, there are some great scenes in Mary Poppins!

    Sally from ElementaryMatters

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  10. What about Alvin and the Chipmunks: the squeakual?
    Takes place in a school- there are both girls and boys for them to relate to :)

    Jennifer
    kinderpond@yahoo.com

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  11. What about Fantasia, either the original or 2000. All of the pieces have excellent detail. The pieces that come to mind first are: Micky as the Sorcerer's Apprentice (original), from the Whale sequence (2000), even Donald Duck- when he acts as Noah (2000). There are so many others. I hope this helps!

    Debbie
    oneflute85[at]gmail.com

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  12. How about Rio....Rafael, Blu, and Jewel are on the top of a cliff and they’re trying to teach Blu how to fly as hang gliders go by. Blu is terrified. Part of the flying together process is that Blu and Jewel need to stand close to one another with their arms around each other. Rafael falls off the cliff and shows him how easy flying is. Blu knows he has to fly to see Linda again and they take off. Of course he chickens out and they fall before landing on the top of a hang glider. Blu is loving the sights and decides to try flying again, causing them to fall off the hang glider and cause a commotion as they cover the fliers face and fly through everyone on the beach.

    Your students could compare/contrast the differences in each character. Blu was raised in a house and never learned how to fly to Jewel and Rafael, who were always in the wild.

    Ali
    alischepis(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I would agree with The Lion King! A great character study could be done with Simba and Scar. You could compare and contrast their traits with the basis being good vs. evil. The scene where Scar kills Mufasa(sp?) is an excellent example of character.

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  14. Lilo and Stitch. Compare Stitch at the beginning and end of the movie.

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  15. What about Charlotte's Web? My class always loves this movie..........they have great characters they could compare to real/fantasy and lots of other things too! Good Luck!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  16. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful suggestions - I've been on you tube checking them out! Your Apple Basket Fact Families activity is being sent via email!

    Kylie

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  17. Oh also, if you haven't left me your email address, please leave a comment here or email me at downunderteacherblog@gmail.com and I'll get the activity out to you.

    Kylie

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  18. I say Shrek and Donkey in the movie Shrek.
    Lessons Learned

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  19. I'm not sure if my last post worked so... :) The movie UP has a great part at the beginning where it shows how the old man is (personality) as a young boy and how he continues to grow. Then there are some great scenes showing him in detail for them to describe his looks. I hope this helps.

    Louisa

    I accidentally posted on the wrong blog. Is there any chance that I can still get one?
    My e-mail is lpratt@alpinedistrict.org

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  20. I would suggest Toy Story or Lion King...these have alsways been my class favourites.

    itsybitsc@hotmail.com

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  21. Oh... forgot my email!

    its clairemcca@yahoo.co.uk

    http://misstoffeesclass.blogspot.com

    Claire

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