We used a video called 'The Black Hole' to inspire the children to write a short story. This prompted many questions in class, particularly on whether they would use it for good or bad! Many were pinching chocolates from the vending machines (watch the video you'll understand) while others had all sorts of weird and wacky ideas on how they could use the miraculous black hole.
How I used the video to prompt many discussions and get their creative minds motoring!
- Stop at 00:07 - Why might it be called the black hole? What do we see in the picture that might give us a clue as to what might lie ahead? Where do we think the video is set? Is it a real or animated video? What could possible happen?
Stop at 00:13 - How is he feeling? What can we tell from the man? Build a character description here. Use show not tell (this is explained brilliantly by Alan Peat here http://www.alanpeat.com/LIT%20FILES%20900/lit2900.html)
Stop at 00:24 - What? What is going to happen with this Black Hole? What might he be able to do with it. (Make sure this is group discussion! How many different ideas can they come up with?)
Stop at 00:29 - What is the character thinking at this point?
Stop at 00:39 - What happens next? Again, lots of discussions on tables.
Stop at 00:55 - Would you put your hand into the black hole? Why/Why not? What might happen if you decide to put your hand in?
At this point you may want to stop the video and get the children to write the ending. What might he do next? How might he use the black hole? Where might he disappear to? What lives in the black hole?
Stop at 1:14 - What is he looking at? What is he thinking about now? How is he feeling at this point?
Stop at 1:28 - Is it stealing if nobody knows about it? THUNK prompt
Stop at 1:44 - What is inside the office that he wants so bad? Predict what it is going to be found. How is he going to use the black hole again?
Stop at 2:12 - What happens next? Predict the ending. Will he get caught? Will someone walk in?
Watch till the end.
How you might use this to inspire writing
Get the children to imagine they had found a black hole. How would they use it?
Model how to write a short story based on the video.
Find the black hole
Use it once
Use it again
Examples of writing from my awesome writers!
I'm a deputy head in Scarborough, England and love using media and tech to develop writing. I'm also a keen advocate of Learning Without Limits and believe in a games based approach to developing mathematicians.