Using Pixar Shorts to Help Writing

Both creative AND academic writing can benefit from the use of a great visual. I use Pixar Shorts because they provide a way to tackle many obstacles in writing. Here are the top 10 ways I use Pixar shorts:

  1. Dialogue tags-quotation marks, commas, periods, creative tags
  2. Adjectives to add detail in the form of snapshots or thought shots (Barry Lane)
  3. Playing with time-teaching how to pick up or slow down time in your writing
  4. How to teach retell or summary (SWBST)
  5. Sequence skills-putting steps to a story in order
  6. Plot diagram terms-reviewing what these terms mean
  7. Sentence stretching-have students summarize or state what happened and then teach them the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY sentence stretching technique
  8. Growth Mindset lessons-many of these have a character overcoming some problem or conflict
  9. Types of conflict: man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. self, man vs. society, and man vs. technology
  10. 5 Things in a story: Plot, character, conflict, theme, and setting (Flocabulary video)

Flocabulary Five Things:


Great Pixar Shorts: