Tag Archives: The Day After Tomorrow

Basic Film Shots

26 Feb

Directors use a whole range of film shots to add excitement and meaning to their films. That close-up of Jack (in The Day After Tomorrow) was designed to let you know that he is afraid. That wide shot of New York shows you how BIG the catastrophe is.

Look at the following shot types:

Close up:

Notice the face of the boy is almost fills the frame (border of the camera)

Extreme Wide Shot

Notice that you can barely see the boy in the picture.

Wide Shot

Notice that all of the boy fills the frame (head to toe).


  1. Type the name of your favourite film into Google image search
  2. Find an example of each of the shots discussed above. Copy and paste it into a word document. Label the type of shot that it is.
  3. You document should have a title and your name. Use the name of the film as the title.
  4. Underneath each shot, describe what the shot shows you. eg. The close-up shows that…

Climate Change

20 Feb

Before we get started on the film The Day After Tomorrow we need to review our knowledge about global climate change.

Start by filling in a K-W-L chart on climate change.

Build Your Knowledge

Look at each of the following websites and respond to the questions. Write your answers in a word document. Don’t forget to include pictures to support you thoughts and ideas. Choose to do the questions in any order you like. 

Example Question and Answer:

How does the carbon get into the fossil fuels we burn?

All living things are made of carbon. 300-400 million years ago living creatures in the sea died and settled on the seabed. Over time, the remains of these living creatures were buried under layers and layers of sand and silt. As they get deeper, the heat and pressure turns the remains into oil and gas. Today, humans dig deep into the ground to mine the oil and gas that has been left behind.

Climate Crisis: Evidence

Click on the link: “How can so little warming cause so much melting?”

  • What are the images trying to show you about climate change? Use a specific example in your answer.

What’s the deal with Carbon?

  • Why does everyone talk about carbon when they talk about climate change?
  • Read the graph at the bottom of the page? What does it tell you?

How do we know the climate is 

  • Find some examples of how scientists can tell the climate is changing.
  • Climate change won’t just affect humans, it will also affect animals. Explain how.

The Climate Time Machine

Click on The Climate Time Machine Link.

  • Which countries would be affected by rising sea levels? (This map of the world might help you to identify the countries)
  • What do you notice about sea ice over the past 30 years?

Your Carbon Footprint

  • People often talk about their “Carbon Footprint”. What is it?

Carbon Footprint Calculator

  • Try the Carbon Footprint Calculator to calculate your carbon footprint. NOTE: This calculator is for people living in the UK. For questions like “when you go on holiday, do you travel outside of the UK?” think about how this applies to your situation: do you travel outside of Azerbaijan? Do you stay in Baku? etc.

Some films on Climate Change:

Image: ‘From Darkness to Light – please read

All Summer In A Day

2 Feb

Yesterday we looked at Ray Bradbury’s dialogue and description. Here is some of the things we found out:


Bradbury uses dialogue to SHOW us ideas rather than simply state them. Compare:

All the children in the class were mean to Margot.


“It’s like a penny,” she said once, eyes closed.

“No, it’s not!” the children cried.

“it’s like a fire,” she said, “in the stove.”

“you’re lying, you don’t remember!” cried the children.

This dialogue adds life to story. You can hear the children teasing Margot in your head.

Check these rules when punctuating dialogue, or use the sheet in your English folder.


Kids often use exaggeration when they speak. Writers use exaggeration to make a child character sound real.

“Thousands upon thousands of days compounded”

Make sure you add some exaggeration into your writing to make your characters seem real. Use some dialogue to add even more effect!

Bradbury also uses description to help create an image in your mind. In English we call this Imagery. Look at Bradbury’s example.

… with the drum and gush of water, with the sweet crystal fall of showers and the concussion of storms…

Words like drum, gush, sweet, crystal and concussion all help you to see and hear the rain in the story.

Go back to your description of the weather. Can you add more description to help make the image clearer?