2What genre is “Coming Distractions”? “Coming Distractions” is informational text. It gives facts and details about a topic.
3What is the main idea of “Coming Distractions”? The main idea of “Coming Distractions” is understanding movie making techniques, and learning to question what you see.
4Is the author using formal or informal language? The author is using informal language. He talks to the reader as he would talk to a friend.
5The author uses moviemaking jargon, or words that are specific to a certain field, when he says the camera was panned. What does this mean?“Panned” is jargon in the moviemaking industry meaning that the camera moved back and forth.
6The author means that movies make life seem better than it really is. What does the author mean when he says that movies paint a pretty picture of life?The author means that movies make life seem better than it really is.
7What evidence is given for why moviemakers might use computer generate images in place of live actors?Moviemakers might use computer generated images for dangerous scenes, or for scenes that are imaginary and the characters don’t look like real people.
8What does music do for movies? Music keeps the viewers’ attention and helps to make the movie more exciting.
9List some techniques the author says moviemakers use to make movies more exciting. Some techniques the author says make movies more exciting are: computer generated imagery, jolts per minute, quick cuts, and music.
10Previews for new movies are called “Coming Attractions Previews for new movies are called “Coming Attractions.” Why might the author have chosen the title “Coming Distractions” for this selection?The title brings attention to the author’s main idea, which is that movies don’t always show what is in real life.
11A fact is something that can be proven to be true. What is a fact?A fact is something that can be proven to be true.
12Which of the following is a fact? Movies are thrilling.Moviemakers use special effects.Everyone should make movies.
13Which of the following is a fact? Without music, movies would not be exciting.Movies always try to fool you.Movie stars give interviews.
14Which of the following is an opinion? Fight scenes are thrilling.Moviemakers use special effects.Lighting is one effect that moviemakers use.
15Which of the following is an opinion? Critics see movies before the public does.Blogs are the best way to promote movies.Cinematographers frame their shots.
16Compare “Coming Distractions” to “How Do They Do That Compare “Coming Distractions” to “How Do They Do That?” and tell how the articles are the same and how they are different.
17How Do They Do That? Coming Distractions *focuses on explaining certainspecial effects, suchas blue- screen andgreen-screen, andCGI (computergenerated imagery).*informs the readerthat not everything theysee in the movies isreal. Focuses on getting the reader to under-stand the tricks that moviemakers use, andgets the reader to ask questions about whatthey see.*both areinformational text*both talk about movie-making techniques*mostly facts*both give facts aboutmoviemaking techniques*both mention CGI, orcomputer generatedimagery, as onetechnique used inmoviemaking*focuses onexplaining twotechniques ingreater detail*a good mix of factsand opinions*explains manytechniques, but not ingreat detail