Reflection: Real World Applications Comparing the Short Story and the Movie - Section 3: Viewing the Film


It is the English teacher's job to push reading, right?  I mean, aren't we supposed to be the ones who don't have TV's and who prefer DH Lawrence to Jennifer Lawrence?

Well, probably not.  And even if that is true for some, it is not true for our students.  So, using film as a text, or as a "window and a mirror" is a pretty good way to get kids to understand literature schema.

This year, due to my schedule, I don't have any students who really struggle with reading.  But, if I did, I would use all of the tools at my fingertips to hook students into buying into the act of decoding and interpreting.  And I think film is a great place to start.

As it is, I use film to address the standard that demands an analysis of the director's choices.  Such a skill can help students in 2014 to analyze everything from a commercial to a Hollywood blockbuster. 

So, yes, film is fun.  But I think it's a great learning tool, too.  Just don't tell my students.  Because I really love it it when they come in and say, "Movie day, yes!"

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Comparing the Short Story and the Movie

Unit 3: Flowers for Algernon
Lesson 5 of 7

Objective: SWBAT identify and evaluate the differences between the short story and the movie version of "Flowers for Algernon."

Big Idea: Small choices make a big difference when you compare texts.

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