Lights, Camera, Literature is a multi-faceted student project involving costumes, filmmaking, creativity, and classic literature. Groups create movies based on the literature we've read all year as a type of end of the year project or even as a final review for AP English or final exams.
Students brainstorm scenes, script dialogue, film, and edit their movies to show as part of a class or school film festival re-enacting their literature over the course of the year. Student groups also complete an informational text review covering elements such as symbolism, setting, and characterization that will be shared with classmates as a study review for that particular text.
This lesson includes a timeline, assignment sheet, text signup, script tutorials and scene guidelines, text info. review sheet, film ballot, and grading rubric.
Students LOVE this final project and even enter my classroom at the start of the school year expressing enthusiasm for this film festival that they've heard about from others. With simple, common smartphones and basic editing software already built in to most/all school computers, students from middle to high school can create memorable movies that bring the literature to life.