A touching animated poem about life’s journey, beautifully animated.
Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Identify the rhyming structure of the poem and make a list of the rhyming words the poet has used.
- Choose or write some poetry to perform.
- Write a character profile for one of the characters.
- Discuss why the filmmaker chose to make the people so small in relation to the environment.
- The first line of the poem describes life as a puzzle – give children a blank puzzle template and ask them to fill in the different elements of the man’s life.
- Discuss the meaning of the ball. What does it symbolise?
- Collect vocabulary to do with roads and journeys from the poem, then find some more using a thesaurus.
- The title of the story, “Via”, means road in Latin. Look up the English definition in a dictionary. Is it a good title for the film?
- Make a storyboard for the film.
- Write a biography of the main character.
- Split the class into groups and give each group one of the settings from the film. Collect adjectives and adjectival phrases to describe it.
- Use an animation program to animate part of this poem or another one.
- Use a program such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker to perform and illustrate a poem using copyright-free images.
- Stop the film on one of the landscapes and ask the children to draw their own version.
- The landscapes in the film were built up in layers on a computer. Try drawing or painting a background and then adding the people and foreground on tracing paper.
- The music features a repeated phrase of a few notes. Compose a piece based on one phrase which is repeated and altered.
- Listen carefully and identify which instruments have been used.
- Discuss the contrasting environments in the film. Make a fact file comparing two of them.
- Make a drawing showing your life’s journey so far.
- Watch the section from 2:15 to 2:21 where the man is remembering himself as a boy with his dog. What are your important memories?
- The film is about the man’s hopes and dreams. What are your hopes and dreams?