ENGLISH

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THE INTERVIEW - A big part of Genevieve's role in making the film was to ask lots of questions! Have you ever interviewed someone before? What did it feel like? How did you prepare? What are important skills for an interviewer?

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We will hear many children’s thoughts in the film. It’s exciting. Partly because you get to know more about them, but also because you think about who you are in the world. Some children may remind you of you, while others feel very different. The film raises questions about who we are, about our identity and an understanding of ourselves.

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ENGLISH - Part 1: Written or verbal.

(Suggestion - depending on the class you may wish to suggest each student choose 5-10 questions from the list below to reflect on and write about, or presented verbally to a small or large class group)

How would you describe yourself? 
What makes you happy?
What concerns you?

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What do you have in common with others your age around the world?
What makes you different from others?
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ENGLISH - PART 2: WRITTEN OR VERBAL

At the beginning of the film, the filmmaker Genevieve Bailey explains why she has chosen to make a film specifically about eleven-year-olds. She describes it as her favourite age in life and she says she felt like the world was at her feet when she was eleven years old. Now she wonders if eleven-year- olds feel the same as she did when she was 11.

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The filmmaker considered opening the film with text on screen explaining her inspiration for the film instead of her own voice telling the story.

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ENGLISH - Part 3: Written or verbal.

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Suggest students save their notes and ideas so they can revisit and reflect on this in a few years. Reflecting on the same issues at a different age and recalling ideas earlier imagined can be both exciting and useful. 

TIP - For language classes you can ask students to interview each other (or themselves) using the questions in the section above, in the language studied. 

ENGLISH - Part 4: Verbal.

Speaking and listening is a big part of the English curriculum. Anything which provides a basis for discussion which goes beyond the superficial is welcomed. Open up discussions immediately after the screening and encourage these discussions to be student led. There is a lot in the film to ‘unpack’ and it is important to allow adequate time for students to discuss the film together.

TIP - Perhaps recording this discussion could be valuable?

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