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For your writing task this week, I would like you to start by showing this short video: 

Quick summary of the film: After being dropped off with his 'boring, old Grandpa' one boy's dismay is turned into a thrilling adventure through the power of a shared imagination, a 'Radio-Flyer' and a story telling Grandpa. When Dad returns will the fun be over? 

How does Tony feel at different points in the film? This would be a good point of discussion to ensure children have understood the clip.

Choose one of the writing activities below:

  • Rewrite the narrative as a first person recount from Tony's point of view. 
  • Describe one of the adventures in detail.  Start with the line, "I was travelling in the 'Radio-Flyer; when... "
  • In the film we do not see the alien, in your narrative Tony could meet one of them.  Describe the alien, create the dialogue that is had between the alien, Tony and Grandpa. 
  • Retell the story from Dad's point of view.  How does he feel when he sees the two of them so dirty?  What goes through his mind to change his mood?

The website that I directed you to with the video also has more detail about how this film was made and there are animation lessons, too. Enjoy!