A girl discovers a doll that looks just like her… and she is desperate to get close to it.
By Mark Warner
Age Range: 9 to 11
Let’s use this video as a source of input to enhance learners’ spoken and listening skills.
What about the Teaching Ideas and Resources? What would you use this video for?
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Pause the video at different points and think of some captions / speech / thought bubbles for that moment.
- Write a newspaper article about reports of missing children in the area.
- Choose one of the dolls in the shop and write a story that explains how that child got there.
- Retell the story from the point of view of Alma.
- Write a sequel to the story in which Alma and some other children in the shop try to escape.
- Think of words / phrases / similes to describe the setting for this story.
- Think of reasons why the town is empty. Where have all the other people gone?
- Write an alternative ending in which Alma is rescued.
- Create a character profile for the person who owns the shop.
- Imagine that you were a bystander watching what happened to Alma. How would you describe it to somebody else? Would they believe you?
- Make an advert for the shop that sells incredibly life-like dolls.
- Use publishing software to create a ‘missing person’ poster to encourage people to help find Alma.
- Can you create a stop-motion animation that retells the story (or part of it)?
- Design a website to promote this short film to others.
- Can you design a doll that looks just like you?
- Look at a selection of dolls. What materials are they made from? How have they been made?
- Create a storyboard that retells this story.
- Make a comic strip about a different child visiting a very strange shop.
- Listen to the music throughout the video. How does it make you feel? What instruments can you hear?