Novel study: The Devil's Arithmetic and a film version - compare and contrast

Novel study: The Devil's Arithmetic and a film version - compare and contrast
Novel study: The Devil's Arithmetic and a film version - compare and contrast
Novel study: The Devil's Arithmetic and a film version - compare and contrast
Novel study: The Devil's Arithmetic and a film version - compare and contrast
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This chart provides a way for students to organize their observations about the Holocaust novel The Devil's Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen. The modern main character, Hannah, experiences what her older relatives faced in the Nazi camps, and the novel emphasizes the need to remember the tragic dehumanization of Jews and others during that period.

Rather than "just watching a movie," students will be able to analyze it effectively by comparing and contrasting it with the novel. As a graphic organizer, this chart heightens the students' attentive responses and improves their awareness of the messages of hope and remembrance in The Devil's Arithmetic as presented through different media.

The 2004 film version for The Devil's Arithmetic features Kirsten Dunst and runs for 95 minutes. It is available online at Amazon and elsewhere. There are several significant differences in the movie, including a hanging scene that is somewhat graphic. (You may wish to preview this scene, starting at about the 65-minute mark, in order to assess its suitability for your students.)

This resource is created by Stephen Campbell. Check out my charts for other novel/movie pairings:
Because of Winn-Dixie
Bridge to Terabithia
Charlotte's Web
The City of Ember
Hatchet
Maniac Magee
Number the Stars and the movie Miracle at Midnight
Number the Stars and an amateur film version
The Tale of Despereaux
Tuck Everlasting
A Wrinkle in Time
The Outsiders
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2 pages
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Does not apply
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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