Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding The Trial Comes Alive - Section 3: Whole Group Review


It's always a bit of a gamble when a teacher includes a film depiction of a text being read in the classroom.  Students often have strong reactions to portrayals of characters that are not as they imagined, and are quick to dismiss a film, even if only one element of it falls short of their expectations.  They laugh at scenes that are not meant to be funny, and this can feel as though they are missing what a film has to offer.

I have learned to just let this happen.  The end result, no matter how we get there, is that my students have been exposed to a means to help them visualize and interpret a text, even if the ultimate result is that they reject the film version.  This only strengthens students'  belief in the power of the text, and students' own imaginations, which, to me, is a win-win.


  Student Reactions to Film
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Student Reactions to Film
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The Trial Comes Alive

Unit 12: To Kill A Mockingbird Part II
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: SWBAT view the trial scene from To Kill a Mockingbird and compare the visual witnesses to the textual witnesses.

Big Idea: Students meet the witnesses and decide whom to believe.

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