Movie vs. Book Comparison: 15 Activities for Secondary ELA

Movie vs. Book Comparison: 15 Activities for Secondary ELA
Movie vs. Book Comparison: 15 Activities for Secondary ELA
Movie vs. Book Comparison: 15 Activities for Secondary ELA
Movie vs. Book Comparison: 15 Activities for Secondary ELA
Movie vs. Book Comparison: 15 Activities for Secondary ELA
Movie vs. Book Comparison: 15 Activities for Secondary ELA
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Do you need to accomplish RL.7, or just WANT to incorporate more films into English class?

This bundle of 15 graphic organizers and projects brings rigor to movie viewing to justify it in your ELA curriculum! Use these in ANY literature unit to increase student engagement and critical thinking.

EVERY activity includes:
• Either a rubric or a standard clearly labeled for easy assessment
• Clear directions with easily identifiable steps
• An Extra Credit option to use as enrichment

In ANY literature unit...
• Choose one activity OR several to print and use together.
• Most documents are 1 or 2 pages long, for easy copying!
• Although all the docs are ready to print, they are all EDITABLE in case you need to make it more text-specific (or want to tweak something for your class!)
• They can be completed in one class period, 2-3 days, or extended across the whole year (such as the movie portfolio).

There’s also a wide VARIETY of activities, ranging from simple graphic organizers, research projects, essays, journals, critiques, etc. They ask students to predict, record observations DURING the film, gather immediate reactions, and analyze what happened with multiple viewpoints.

This 24-page download includes the following 15 activities:
1. Camera Venn Diagram (RL.6.7): Compare/contrast graphic organizer (with a twist)
2. Studying Film Techniques (RL.7.7): Identify and analyze the specific lighting, camera angles, and other choices made by filmmakers/actors.
3. Single Scene Spotlight (RL.6.7, RL.8.7, RL.9-10.7): For one scene, use a “spotlight” venn diagram to generally compare text vs. movie
4. Scene Comparison (RL.8.7, RL.9-10.7): For one scene, compare the text’s description with the film version
5. Which is Better? (RL.11-12.7): Compare MULTIPLE film versions of the same text; identify, analyze, and do research!
6. What was Cut? Identify scenes cut from the book in the movie & analyze why
7. Nonfiction Report: Choose a NF book or article related to the film in some way and write a reader’s response-style report.
8. Movie Viewing Journal: Record observations during the film
9. Writing Compare/Contrast Essays: Use the provided directions & rubric to grade argumentative essays on the book and movie
10. Writing “Fair” Movie Reviews: Write objective AND subjective critiques of the movie
11. Film Strip Comics: Predict what the movie will look like (based on the text)
12. What Should We Do First? Argumentative essay about if readers should see the book or movie first!
13. Director’s Cut: Research the filmmaker’s style and its impact on the film
14. Movies vs. Books Log (Simpler): Students read & watch 4 pairs of books and movies throughout the year and record their experiences.
15. Movie Viewing Portfolio (Advanced): Using a list of 13 genres/categories, students read & watch film/book sets all throughout the year and record their experiences with reader responses!

BONUS: This bundle ALSO comes with…
• A 2-page list of books and movies that work well for grades 6-12, including Lexiles and movie ratings, to give you ideas!
• A sample parent permission slip/letter (that I used to play Of Mice and Men to my 8th graders).

Last File Update: October 2017

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