Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Go Ask Alice

Another current film that may be of interest to kids is Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Open Culture recently highlighted this first known filming of the Louis Carroll classic, and posted the 9 minutes that survive from this silent version.

It would be worth comparing and contrasting with the trailer from the current release:

Language Lens:
  • Working with the silent version would be somewhat like working with a wordless picture book in therapy activities, targeting narration, inference, and interpretation of nonverbal language ("thinking with your eyes") in Garcia-Winner parlance.
  • Looking at both clips would be a great opportunity to complete a compare-contrast organizer, with all the valuable complex language practice that ensues (Both have black-and-white pieces, but the new one has some brilliant color also...)

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