Break and Keep Silence (LS-HU-257)

Today’s teenagers don’t know much about silent films. With this learning scenario, this is what I wanted to change. Without noticing, they learnt a fair amount of information about silent movies’ background and about film making in general.

Main aim

One of the aims of this learning scenario was to inspire collaboration and creativity. I chose 3 silent films from Europeana which had to be dubbed:

Then groups had to write their own scripts for their own silent films.

Filmprojector voor 9,5-mm films “Pathé-Baby” in doos met transformator en rubber mat (bij 64581), Pathé, Historisch Museum Rotterdam, CC BY 


For group making, I used key information about the silent film era and from the early history of film. We got back to these later when the groups were planning to make their own films. The groups had to decide on the roles for dubbing the roles in their films. They had to cooperate in order to make an entertaining silent film.


I used two tools for assessment: Rubistar and Mentimeter. I was walking around the groups checking different aspects of their work and gave scores on a rubric sheet. After finishing the project, I used Mentimeter to get my students’ honest opinion.

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The featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and belongs to the public domain.

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