Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Is the Movie Better Than the Book? - Section 3: Did They Get It?


I have always been uncomfortable with the idea of showing a film to my students.  There is an unspoken (and sometimes spoken by the more tactless of our peers) notion that showing a movie in class is taking the easy way out of a lesson plan.

We all have those in our buildings who use films for this purpose, and they seem to ruin it for the folks who have an educational purpose for showing a movie and who show them sparingly.  As teachers of literature, we know that there is value in showing a filmed adaptation of a book or story, but we're worried that we will be perceived as lazy for "just" showing a movie.

Enter Common Core State Standards.  Now we are obligated by the standards to introduce our students to filmed versions of books, stories, and plays.  Hallelujah!  However, this is not an obligation to be taken lightly.  This standard is not a free pass to show movies willy nilly.

I now show films proudly, but I choose them with care and make sure they are accompanied by a Common Core aligned assignment.  My literary soul is at peace.

  Lights! Camera! Show that movie!
  Adjustments to Practice: Lights! Camera! Show that movie!
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Is the Movie Better Than the Book?

Unit 11: Comparing and Contrasting Tom Sawyer to its Film Adaptation
Lesson 2 of 2

Objective: SWBAT produce clear and coherent writing based on the novel and film of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Big Idea: The age-old question: How well did the movie capture the book?

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