After you have watched the short movie ‘Soar’ choose one or two questions to answer and write the answers in your literacy book.
*The title of this film is ‘Soar’. Can you think of synonyms for this word?
*Retell the story from the point of view of Mara (the girl) or Lucas (the pilot).
*Pause the video when the small bag lands on the table. Write an alternative ending from this point.
* What is in the bag? Who does it belong to?
*Create a persuasive poster to advertise this movie
*Make a set of instructions to teach others how to make a paper aeroplane.
*Create an explanation text that teaches others how a plane works.
*Lucas places a star in the sky at the end of the film. What are stars? What can you find out about them?
*Find out more about different constellations that can be seen in the night sky.
Response to Text
Choose at least 3 questions to answer in your book . You may need to watch the clip again to get a deeper meaning .
In the first 5 seconds, how does the girl feel? How do you know? How old is she?
In the opening scene, what tells us that one of the characters might have an interest in space?
Who do you think owns the telescope?
Do you think the girl’s brother will have the same interest? Why not? What computer game might he be playing…Space Invaders?
Has she used the telescope before? How do you know?
How does she feel when she sees the man on the moon? Why does she wave?
Who do you think the old man is? Why?
How old might he be?
At 43 seconds, how do we know she is desperate to get home to the telescope?
Do you think the man is lonely? What makes you think this? Has he always been alone?
At 56 seconds, what is symbolic of this image and what does it make the girl think to do?
Why do you think the girl writes to the old man rather than Santa (which all the other children will be doing at this time of year)? What does this tell us about the girl’s character?
What do you think is in the letter? How might it be different to a typical ‘Dear Santa’ letter?
Can you think of a way in which she can get the letter to the moon? Predict whether these will work.
From which room in the house does she try and send the letter? Why?
How does she try and send it? She fails. How do both the girl and the old man feel? How do they show their feelings? Would you feel the same way?
What type of Christmas does the girl have? How is it different to the old man? Is this similar to your Christmas? What does Christmas mean to you?
What do mum and dad buy the girl for Christmas?
Does the girl like her present? How does she show this?
If the girl likes her present so much, why does she give it away? What does this tell us about the girl’s character? Do you think this is a good way to be? Why? Why not?
What do you notice about the colour of the moon and the man? How are they linked and what effect does this have? How does this add to our understanding of the character?
How does that change when the present appears? What do you think the present is?
How does the old man feel? Why does he cry? Is crying always a sad thing?
After Christmas is over, do you think the old man and the girl will keep in touch and continue their friendship?
What did they miss most?
• What was really strange?
• Were there different ways of doing things in this new environment?
• If they were arriving from another country, how did English sound to them?
• How did they feel when they had to be in a classroom where everyone spoke a different language?
• When they couldn’t understand what was being said on TV/Radio?
• When they couldn’t understand ads or billboards?
• When they were given or offered strange food which looked or tasted weird or maybe even awful?
• Did they have a special food which made them feel ‘at home’?
• How did they feel when people laughed at them when they made mistakes?
• What did they do if they felt homesick, but knew that they had to stay?
• How did they make their first friends?