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Using film trailers

Introduction

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Film trailers are intended to get audiences excited about seeing a film at the cinema.  However, trailers are also a form of condensed storytelling. In just a couple of minutes a trailer can establish genre and mood, introduce character and setting and establish plot and key themes.

As narrative and persuasive texts, trailers are ideal for primary literacy. The short duration and strong visual and auditory content means that trailers engage pupils of all ages, abilities and learning styles.  On-screen texts are a good introduction to strands 9 (Creating and Shaping Texts) and 10 (Text Structure and Organisation) of the literacy framework and create opportunities for children to discuss and articulate their knowledge and understanding.