The Little Mermaid: Compare/Contrast Movie & Reading Unit (Middle School)

Secondary Sara
Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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30 pages
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Need a quick, engaging way to fulfill the standard of watching a text’s film version? Struggling to find a movie version to which parents won’t object? The original story by Hans Christian Andersen is a complex text that is NOT just for elementary school! (In fact, it’s kind of gruesome… perfect for middle school.)

Hook students with the familiar, comforting lure of the animated movie as a route into reading the short story. This classroom-tested series of lessons is ready to print today, but is also fully EDITABLE in case you want to tweak a rubric or activity requirements to fit your class better.

Take students through the process of building background knowledge, watching the movie, reading the story, and writing compare/contrast essays while formatively assessing Common Core standards throughout! All handouts come with a clearly labeled standard and a rubric for easy assessment.

This 30-page download includes the following:

• Teacher’s Guide: a 2-page guide explaining how I conducted this unit, sample calendars, and notes on reading strategies (and dealing with a semi-religious ending)

• RL.10: A full copy of the 16-page story with suggestions for text annotation

• W.7: A web quest, used as a “short research project” to frontload background knowledge about the story AND the movie

• RL.7: Movie and story compare/contrast graphic organizer (with grade level specific questions for RL.6.7, RL.7.7, and RL.8.7’s slight differences)

• W.1a-e: Literary analysis essay directions and rubric, aligned to several CCSS argumentative writing standards (plus grammar)

• W.5: Essay brainstorming sheet, using traditional five-paragraph structure to choose a thesis, 3 main ideas, and the text support that will go in each body paragraph.

• W.5: Essay editing checklist for editing, revising, and formatting an MLA literary analysis essay.

• RL.10/RL.7: Reading comprehension quiz – 12 questions, a combination of True/False, multiple choice, and short answer on the major plot points of the story (to tell if they truly read and understood it or not!)

• Answer keys for all relevant activities

Note: Disney movie not included ;-)


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My other middle school literature materials:

• My bundle of teaching materials for The Giver

"The Gift of the Magi" Collaborative Literary Analysis Unit

Movie vs. Text Activity Bundle

Book of the Month (Independent Reading Program) for Grades 6-8


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Total Pages
30 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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