We've all seen the Movie and Book Venn Diagrams. And so have our students - you can tell by the groans when you pass them out and tell them to take notes during the movie.
However, I found many problems with these organizers. First - students are tired of them. Second - they don't actually fit the Common Core Standard. Third - they don't require the students to do any thinking. Fourth - it requires the students to just get an overall gist of the entire story, not focus in on details.
I took a long, hard look at the Common Core Standard RL 7.7 to understand what we were to focus on when showing movie or play adaptations of novels. Then, I created this graphic organizer for my students to complete Before and During the movie.
On the first page is a graphic organizer that I do together as a class before watching the movie. I have students compare the techniques an author can use to develop a story element to the techniques a director can use. I typed an example in the handout for students to refer to.
Next, I have students choose one item for each of four story elements (Character, Setting, Plot and Mood). *I included an "Other" box if you want to add a specific element. Before viewing the movie, students use their novel to describe the author's portrayal of the item (how does the author show the charater? What does the setting look like when the author describes it?) Then, students list techniques the author used to convey these descriptions. (Figurative language, dialect, imagery, etc.)
While watching the movie, the students again focus on these 4 items (thus giving the students a specific goal to focus on during the viewing). They write down how the item is portrayed in the movie and provide techniques the director used in this portrayal. (The brainstorming from the previous side help students with this!)
Therefore, students aren't just comparing and contrasting on a general level, but are using textual and visual evidence to intensify their comparisons.
***I use this as brainstorming for a final, argumentative essay. See my TpT to purchase a copy of this assessment and rubric!***
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