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Mater - a new story

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LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

 

1. You are to get into groups of 4 - 5 students to write a small part giving Mater from the movie "Cars" a new story - one that Pixar might like to develop into a movie.

2. To understand "Mater" character look at the following YouTube clips

Mater's Funniest Moments! | Pixar Cars
https://youtu.be/h3fKFocGkkk

Cars-Toons | Mater the Greater | Disney Junior UK
https://youtu.be/ojCfEbTF808

 

3. Process.

a. Each student in the group is to write a "sizzling start" or introduction to the story on a sheet of paper. After 7 - 10 minutes, you are to fold the paper so that no-one can see what you have written. Pass your piece of paper to the person in your group to the left of you.

b. You are now to write on your new section of paper the body of the story without peaking at the previous student's writing. Don't tell each other what you have written - it makes for a very funny story!

The body is to be one paragraph in length (or four sentences). After 7 - 10 minutes, you are to fold the paper so that no-one can see what you or the previous student has written. Pass your piece of paper to the person in your group to the left of you.

cc. You are now to write on your new section of paper the body of the story without peaking at the previous student's writing but this time you are going to add a new adventure or mishap that Mater gets into. Don't tell each other what you have written - it makes for a very funny story!

The body is to be one paragraph in length (or four sentences). After 7 - 10 minutes, you are to fold the paper so that no-one can see what you or the previous student has written. Pass your piece of paper to the person in your group to the left of you.

d. You are now to write on your new section of paper a create an exciting ending without peaking at the previous student's writing. Don't tell each other what you have written - it makes for a very funny story! After 7 - 10 minutes, you are to fold the paper so that no-one can see what you or the previous student has written. Pass your piece of paper to the person in your group to the left of you - who should be the person who made up the Introduction for this story.

e. Unfold your paper and read all the parts of the story. Be ready to read out the whole story when directed by the teacher.

f. After all stories are read (or the best story in each group) by consensus select what you think is the funniest story and the one which could best be converted into a movie. Each student is to now draw a scene in the story. The teacher will allocate a scene to each group. The group is to cooperate together to work out the sequence of their scence and start drawing.

g. To get a good idea of how to draw Mater look at the following videos

How to Draw Mater from Cars | Draw With Pixar [6mins]
https://youtu.be/wTKU0goqyRA

 

or

How to Draw Mater | Cars 3
https://youtu.be/pzk_QdexqCw


h. Make a "Flip Book" cartoon from your group's sequence and then put it together as a class.

 

"Drive so others survive": A Community of Inquiry

MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

PhilosophyPhilosophy

 

1. As a class, read the following article from The Canberra Times and view the pictures.

Determined dad's drive to fix road safety

Canberra Times
May 15 2021

"A father who lost his 23-year-old daughter in a road accident is asking Australians to pledge to "drive so others survive".

National Road Safety Week starts on Sunday. It's the initiative of Peter Frazer, whose daughter Sarah died in February 2012.

More than 11,000 Australians have been killed on the roads and more than 360,000 have been seriously injured since then.

"It is simply not acceptable that these tragedies are seen as regrettable but normal situations," Mr Frazer said. "As these crashes are avoidable, we need to do more to ensure they do not happen and where they do occur, the outcomes must not be so serious as to maim or kill innocent people."

Ms Frazer was run down by a truck nine years ago after she pulled into the breakdown lane on the Hume Highway, south of Mittagong in the NSW southern highlands. A tow truck driver assisting Ms Frazer, 40-year-old Geoffrey Clark, was also killed."

 

Accident Scene
Police at the scene of a double fatality where motorist Sarah Frazer and tow truck driver Geoff Clark were killed when hit by a truck on the Hume Highway near Mittagong in Southern Highlands of NSW. 
NOTE car and truck in breakdown lane!
(Source: DailyTelegraph)

Geoff Clark
Tow Truck Driver - Geoff Clark
(Source: DailyTelegraph)

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