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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Assignment: Sports debate

This is part of a series suggesting different ways to use Moviestorm in schools or other educational environments. They also make useful exercises for film-makers wanting to develop and practice different film-making techniques. Many more lesson plans and ideas, with free downloadable resources, can be found on the Moviestorm Web site.

Assignment: Sports debate
Create a TV-style discussion on a sports theme. This could be a future or past sporting event, or a topic such as the use of drugs in sport, a rule change, pay equality for men and women, sports funding, and so on.


Suggested techniques

You could do this by having an expert representing one point of view being interviewed, or as a panel discussion representing many different opinions.

Intersperse the presentation with still images and video if appropriate.

Add in on-screen text to help support the points being made.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • This helps students appreciate other aspects of sports, including commercial and health, and enables them to appreciate the different types of controversies on and off the field.
  • This can be done as a group project where the students have to reflect different points of view. If done as a solo project, the student will demonstrate that they can appreciate all sides of the issue.
  • This is likely to be something that students are quite passionate about.
  • Adding multimedia content enables the student to approach the subject in a richer way than just using written text and still images.
  • Finding images and music to enhance the presentation requires detailed research.
  • Providing narration builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.
  • Creating a multimedia presentation helps develop presentational skills and requires the student to consider what information is best presented using the different media: spoken, written, or visual.


  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups
  • Physical education


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