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Literature Analysis Activity: Comparing Books and Movies Distance Learning

Grade Levels
5th - 12th, Homeschool
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With this "Comparing Books & Movies Activity", Middle and High School English Language Arts students will exhibit their range of thinking skills from knowledge through evaluation. Whether they are distance learning or in a brick and mortar classroom, this activity allows them to summarize the information they gathered from literary texts and visual media, and to differentiate between pertinent and extraneous details. If they feel they need to, teachers will be able to determine who read the book and who watched the movie instead of reading the text through this activity.

Here are a few teaching suggestions for this activity

Teaching Suggestions

• Show the movie in class after students have finished reading the novel.

• Students should complete these exercises individually.

• If time permits, teachers can group students together and ask them to prepare a visual to present to the class. Possible activities- a story board depicting scenes from the movie based on the Pre-Movie Activity number 1, 3, or 4 points, a video where they act out a scene from the novel, or a presentation for a television series pilot based on the book, including visuals for the setting, characters, costumes, as well as the opening and closing scenes, what actors/actresses they would choose, etc. For this extension, students could also create their desired visual, with teacher approval.

• to offer it for extra credit to students who watch it on their own when they don't show it in class

However it is utilized, it gives students an opportunity to expand their critical thinking skills.

This activity pairs well with many of my unit plans in my custom category, Literature Unit Plans- Fiction & Nonfiction grades 6-12.

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5 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.


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