Students enjoy The Portable Phonograph by Walter van Tilburg Clark. It's one of the better story to film adaptations available, as well. This download provides a compare/contrast writing assessment based on the language of the ACT writing portion. While the test might tend to use persuasive more often, the compare/contrast is an option.
If you have a copy of this story in an anthology, great. If not, I provide two current links to other teachers posting the story. I also provide a link to the Encyclopedia Britannica site where you can watch the film, though you might want a higher resolution. Check your school's media library, since this was a standard story for many years. Have students take notes on differences and similarities as they watch the film.
The second half of the assignment is a pretty standard what-would-you-bring printable or Google Doc. I actually normally just discussed the possibilities, but a nice table to fill in makes it a 15-point or 30-point assignment. It's fun to see how many students would bring money or electronic devices.
Whatever you do, don't pair it with a viewing of Red Dawn or Waterworld. Or any zombie movie, even Shaun of the Dead. Unless you really want to.
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