This delightful animated video, created by students at the French university for careers in design, Bellecour Écoles D’Art, is absolutely enchanting. Monsterbox is only about 7 1/2 minutes long, and tells the story of a young girl who is trying to find a home for her monster – and then another monster, and then another! There is no dialogue, but the graphics and characters tell the story perfectly. Here are some of the ways that it could be used in the classroom:
1. Ask students to either write or tell a summary of the story. Different perspectives might make this a lively discussion.
2. Ask students to determine the theme or moral of the story. Again, I think that there could be quite a few suggestions!
3. Have students design their own monster boxes, or draw monsters and exchange them so they can design boxes for their partners’ monsters.
4. Write a new story with a different plot, but the same theme.
5. Write a new story with the same characters, but a different theme.
UPDATE: I just published a post called “Misunderstood Monsters” that may give you even more ideas for using this great video in the classroom.