Teachers frequently wish to expose their students to filmed versions of the literature they study, especially when the film gives students visual images of a time and place with which they are not familiar.
Students love movie day.
Unfortunately, an open-ended film showing gives students no guidance as to why they are seeing the movie and what they should be looking for as they do. Leaving students to their own devices during a movie encourages them to consider it only as an entertainment or an excuse to nap.
This video guide, designed for use by students who are completing their study of Harper Lee's novel, directs students to specific aspects of the film and asks that they carefully compare these with their understanding of the novel.
This download contains teacher's notes with suggestions for use of the video guide (2 pages). The video guide itself consists of three sections:
The first contains anticipation questions regarding events and characters students expect to see in the film, as well as an opportunity to view and analyze the movie's beautiful credit sequence, in which key objects from the novel appear (3 pages);
The second section contains a list of thirty events from the novel, the film and both; this is paired with a Venn diagram that students use as a comparison tool while watching the movie (3 pages);
The final section asks students to reflect on their reading and their viewing, considering such storytelling aspects as plot, characterization, setting and point of view (5 pages).
A complete teacher's key (11 pages) is included.