Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Dead Poet's Society/A Separate Peace: Comparing Across Genres - Section 2: Introducing the Assignment


A few years ago, I got an e-mail from a principal that indicated that she needed to know whenever anyone was showing a video.  We were reminded that clips were encouraged (instead of full-length film), and since then, it seems like movies are a bit frowned upon.

This is silly. 

Of course, there are good movies and bad movies.  And movies do not replace reading literature. But movies can be fantastic springboards into literature, just as artwork can provide a great point of entry for discussions of theme or other literary elements.  In addition to their value as "hooks," movies and artwork can be "read" and interpreted, directorial choices can be evaluated, and the setting can be deconstructed.  Reading film is a useful "life skill," if you will, and it helps students become more evaluative when confronted with an image or visual argument.  On the lighter side (yes, we can still go there, I think...), it's nice to be able to have thoughtful conversations about movies.

Catching Fire is on its way to the movie theaters next week, and I was talking with some teachers about how it would be fun to take over a movie theater with 8th graders.  Does it have a direct tie to instruction?  Well, not exactly.  But shared experiences such as those create community and conversation.  Seeing Catching Fire might draw the students who haven't read Suzanne Collins into Mockingjay. Voila!  Movie magic!

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Dead Poet's Society/A Separate Peace: Comparing Across Genres

Unit 16: A Separate Peace
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: SWBAT develop thoughtful points of comparison between the novel, A Separate Peace and the film, Dead Poet's Society

Big Idea: Examining two coming-of-age stories in similar settings provides opportunities for critical thinking.

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