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Offline Randall Sadler

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Animated short films to introduce summary
« on: September 25, 2008, 04:08:04 PM »
Hello all,

The videos you'll find below are nice animated short movies. This type of short film works very well for an introduction to summary, particularly because it has no "intelligible" dialog.  Instead, the viewers must concentrate on plot and actions.

  • Have your students view one of the films in class, first for the overall story without taking any notes (just as you'd like them to fully read a written text before attempting to summarize it).
  • Next, have them watch it together again, this time taking notes.
  • Next, have them discuss in groups what should go into the summary.
  • Finally, either alone or with a partner have them attempt a written summary.
  • After this, present your "standard" information on what should go into a summary, and have the students revise their summary based on this information.

Check some of the other posts in this section for more detail/ideas on summaries!

The first film is about a caveman and his domestic issues.
The second is about birds with bad attitudes and what happens as a result.

PIXAR - For the birds
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Re: Animated short films to introduce summary
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2008, 06:45:39 AM »
These are very good and offer many possible uses.

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Re: Animated short films to introduce summary
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2010, 10:01:05 PM »
May I add a video to your list?  I used this last semester and will use it again.  I think its creepy-factor intrigues students even more than usual.

It's called "Alma" and you can find it here:

There's absolutely no dialogue in it, which is great!

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Re: Animated short films to introduce summary
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2010, 09:37:24 AM »
I used both the Alma clip, and this clip that I got from Jiin Yap. The students were (enjoyable) creeped out by Alma, and they thought this Pingu clip was hysterical (albeit a little confusing).

Stinky Pingu
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Re: Animated short films to introduce summary
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2010, 04:45:39 PM »
I want to add this video to our list of using animated short films.  It's a little like Independence Day with Will Smith and Bill Pullman.  Carnage by aliens or giant robots always get a two-thumbs up in my book.   There's a little dialogue in Spanish but nothing that would give away anything.

Ataque de Pánico! (Panic Attack!) 2009

Here's the link to the Wikipedia article about this short film:!
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Re: Animated short films to introduce summary
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2010, 08:31:31 PM »
I'd like to add two really good animated short films to this list.
(There are almost no spoken lines in these two clips as well)

The first one is another great animation by Pixar.

Partly Cloudy
Party Cloudy

The second one is a graduation project of three talented Tawanese students.

Out of Sight   official website:
Out of Sight
« Last Edit: November 02, 2010, 08:34:17 PM by joyfu1 »

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Re: Animated short films to introduce summary
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2014, 09:05:50 PM »
I used the Partly Cloudy video to teach summary in my class. I asked half of my students to watch the video, and the other half turned away from the screen not to see it. The first group then had to tell the second group was happened in the video. Students who did not see the video then had to write a summary of it. We ended up watching the video again together and comparing their summaries to what actually happened in the movie. It was a fun way to teach summary skills which involved practice of communication skills as students needed to find out a lot of information from each other.

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Re: Animated short films to introduce summary
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2014, 04:39:51 PM »
That's a great idea, Layla. I'm going to do the same thing when I teach summary writing after the break. Thanks for the inspiration!