10 Things I Hate About You is a movie adaptation of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. You can have students read the Shakespeare play and watch the adaptation or selected scenes from it to compare and contrast.
This essay assignment asks students to compare and contrast these two works. The prompt suggest a few possibilities but leaves it open to what the student wants to focus on.
The assignment includes having students write an essay proposal with a rough draft of their thesis statement (so you can approve of what they want to compare/contrast), the essay prompt, the essay checklist, and a rubric.
This is great for standards that require students to read a Shakespeare play and compare it to a modern adaptation. This assignment could easily be used in an English, Theatre, dual credit or college course.
****Please note the movie 10 Things I Hate About You is rated PG-13 and has some content that may not be approved of in a secondary setting. Those parts are usually edited when shown on TV but are unedited on the Netflix or DVD version. For this reason you may want to just show certain key scenes to compare and contrast. I used this assignment in a dual credit English course where the films content was not an issue since it was a college level class.****