This is a set of generic activities to use when looking at adaptations from story to film.
Would be really useful as a quick 1-2 lesson introduction to a larger (novel to feature film) adaptation unit of work (especially for Pre-VCE or VCE Literature students in Australia).
I've included specific example activities and worksheets to use for Franz Kafka's 'Passersby' and Australian Dominic Allen's award-winning short film adaptation 'Two Men'. These are great texts because they're short (story is 179 words; film is 4mins). But the activities are designed so that you could use most of them (except the screenshots) with ANY short story and short film adaptation comparison.
There are three files included:
- Teachers Guide in PDF which acts as inspiration for teaching ANY text as well as specific information about teaching 'Passersby' and 'Two Men'
- PowerPoint of activities to use as a presentation in class with students (editable because you'll want to be specific about how you use the activities and probably want to change the theme!)
- Word Doc of worksheets (editable but also ready-to-print)
Note: The PDF and Word doc are set for A4 printing. If you'd like them adapted to a size that suits you better, please get in touch and I can change the format for you.
- Prediction before the short story is read
- Reading & annotating activities
- Questions to understand story elements (setting, characters, plot, theme, point of view, writing style, title)
- Creative re-telling storyboard activity (students turning ideas from the story into a short film sequence)
- Discussion ideas for the film
- Screenshots with ideas for how to analyse them and specific ideas for 'Two Men'
- Comparison of the two texts (specific similarities/differences to look for)
- Final personal preference & interpretation activity
There are enough activities for 2-3 lessons but I'd suggest picking & choosing those that suit your purpose and limiting it to one lesson (I'd just rather give you more ideas than too few!).
Any questions, please get in touch - happy to help however I can.