Overview: The students will use the provided handouts and novel to view the movie You’ve Got Mail (rated PG) starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. While viewing the movie, the students will take notes on similarities noticed between the storyline, characters, and major themes that they notice. They will also write down any quotes that would support what they have noticed. After taking notes, they will spend time completing the provided handouts using very specific textual evidence to support their claims. The handouts require the students to complete a table dealing with themes (topics) in today’s society and the 1800’s society using very specific evidence from the novel and the movie. The handouts also require the students to compare and contrast the characterization of the main characters and the plot line of each story. Included in the handouts is an article for students to take home to read (The New Romance in Pride & Prejudice). The students will use this article and their handouts from Days 1, 2, and 3 to help guide discussion on Day 4. On Day 4 students will have a Socratic seminar discussing the novel, the movie, the handout, and the article. Depending on the class of students (and what they can handle) you can either have a student moderator who moderates discussion and asks open-ended questions (provided), or the teacher can fill this role. The warm ups will provide written response to the movie and cover some life-application. The discussion questions will also address life-application. If you would like to, you can provide the discussion questions ahead of time so that students can be fully prepared for the discussion. I have also included the emails sent back and forth between Kathleen and Joe. I copied these for my students so they could use them as help for textual evidence.
*Note: The viewing of this movie will facilitate scaffolding of instruction, as this additional literary source serves as a fast track method for comparative literary analysis and further understanding of themes, characterization, plot, and parallel structure of literary work. Furthermore, it brings a real life perspective to literature (specifically a complex text), giving the student the opportunity to relate the text to real life experience.