Reflection: Standards Alignment Comparing the Written and Filmed Version of "Monsters" - Section 2: "Monsters" Active Viewing


I don't show a ton of movies to my students.  If we're going to watch something, it will be connected to the curriculum and help teach standards.

What standard is connected to watching TV, though? It's RL.7.7: Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).

Boom. Students get to watch The Twilight Zone episode of "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," but they have to work for it.  They don't get to just watch it. They have to analyze it.  They have to analyze how the lighting works to create shadows and how those shadows create mood.  They have to analyze the camera angles and explain what it means when the camera is tilted during the climax. They have to analyze the music and sounds they hear and how those contribute to the mood.

There you go.

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Comparing the Written and Filmed Version of "Monsters"

Unit 11: Analyzing Literature and Integrating Knowledge with Act 2 of “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”
Lesson 9 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to compare a teleplay to its filmed version by analyzing the lighting, camera angles, and sound in the episode.

Big Idea: Lights, camera, action! Capturing suspense and mood through lighting, camera angles, and music.

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