Movie Vs. Book Activities - Comparing Books and Movies - Chart, Questions, Essay

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Spending class time watching a movie doesn't have to be wasted time - these no prep resources will help your students think more critically when comparing and contrasting a book with its movie counterpart. Use this resource over and over again with ANY book that has a movie version. This is a great ending activity after completing a novel study.

The following is included in this compare and contrast books and movie resource:

  • 2 printables with questions for students to answer after reading the book but before watching the movie
  • a note taking sheet for students to use while they are watching the movie to prepare them to think about similarities and differences
  • 4 printables with questions and charts to fill out to compare the book with the movie
  • 9 pages of activities to help your students be successful in writing an essay that compares and contrasts the book with the movie. A scaffolded rough draft is provided for students that need it, allowing you to differentiate more easily.
  • 2 grading rubrics

This works with a variety of children's books that have been adapted into movies, including Polar Express, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, Charlotte's Web, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Spookley the Square Pumpkin, The Tale of Despereaux, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Holes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Because of Winn Dixie, Shiloh, How to Train Your Dragon, How to Eat Friend Worms, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Phantom Tollbooth, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The BFG, Hoot, The Mouse and The Motorcycle, James and the Giant Peach, Stellaluna, Where the Red Fern Grows, Jumanji, Mr. Popper's Penguins, A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, Wonder, City of Ember, The Indian in the Cupboard, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tuck Everlasting, Hatchet, A Christmas Carol, The One and Only Ivan, The Witches, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Stuart Little, and more.

This is a great activity to do around Christmas or at the end of the year with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).


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