How can you transform something while still retaining its essence? The answer: only with some serious high-level thinking.
This is a project my students had a blast with (they made zero-budget short films that we screened in the auditorium for the rest of the school, but the final product could be a script, a short story, a graphic novel, etc.). It gave them a reason to get immersed in a classic novel, and it provided a lot of opportunities for higher-order thinking and collaboration.
This unit is packed with materials. Some are essential benchmarks leading to the project’s final product, while others are periphery materials that could be used or not used depending on the direction you want to take the unit. For any assignments that have correct answers (quizzes, etc.), I’ve included answer keys. Many of the others are intended to be open-ended questions and activities that have no “right” answers—we just want to see how creative and insightful students can get in the responses and connections they make.
Included in this unit:
- A fun and engaging entry video to introduce the project
- A printable entry document
- "Knows and Need to Knows" graphic organizer
- "Character Connections" pre-reading activity
- Chapter summary assignments
- Class discussion questions / journal prompts
- "Roaring Twenties" group presentation materials, including instructions, graphic organizer, and presentation grading rubric
- "A Character's Core" analysis essay assignment, including a prompt, annotated example, and graphic organizer
- "Character Counseling" activity
- "Make a Scene" activity
- "Turning Points" activity that helps students identify the most important plot and character-building moments of the novel
- "Essential Story" outline assignment
- Novel quiz
- "What If" discussion activity and homework
- Example short film made by my students
- Collaboration peer evaluation (with rubric)
- Final product grading rubric
- Final reflection and defense writing assignment