Interactive learning task around the book and movie ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan:


A screen grab of our IWB activity on Shaun Tan’s “The Lost Thing”.

Lesson procedure:

Aim: Deep comprehension of the sequence of events in the picture book and animation.


– Shaun Tan’s ‘The Lost Thing’ book and animation.

– IWB notebook file

1) Having read the book or watched the film, handover to students for joint sequencing of visual images. Have students come up to the IWB and order the images explaining why they have chosen the image to go in that order. Discussion should use the metalanguage of narrative including orientation, complication and resolution. 
As a class, discuss the ending of The Lost Thing- What is the effect of Shaun Tan’s ending on the audience? How else might the story end? What would you like to see happen instead and why?

2) Working with the text: In pairs, draw an image of an alternative ending to the book or animation. Write a caption of at least a few sentences to explain your drawing. Be prepared to explain your choices and what impact your alternative ending might have on the audience.