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A TWM Article:
Lesson Plans Using Film Adaptations of Novels,
Short Stories or Plays
— With Discussion Questions and Assignments
For a list of movies frequently shown as adaptations of literary works, see TWM's Adaptations Index for .
Used appropriately, movies based on novels or short stories can supplement units based on the written original, enhance students' interest in analyzing the written work, and motivate classes to excel in completing assignments that teach skills required by the ELA curriculum. Filmed versions of plays supply the same educational benefits and often provide an experience close to viewing a live perfomance.
Studying a cinematic adaptation of a literary work will show students how words are converted to visual media and allow a comparison of the written original to the cinematic version, permitting teachers to highlight the techniques of both film and the written versions of a story. Presenting a filmed adaptation with high production values will demonstrate that movies can be an art form which communicates differently, but no less effectively, than the written word. Moreover, when used as a reward for having read a novel, a filmed adaptation can demonstrate that novel-length works of fiction usually contain a wealth of detail, information, and subplot that cannot be included in a movie.
For all of these reasons, filmed adaptations of novels, short stories, or plays, are excellent resources for lessons requiring students to learn and exercise the analytical and writing skills required by ELA curriculum standards.
TWM's essay on Lesson Plans Using Film Adaptations of Novels, Short Stories or Plays provides discussion questions and assignments for use with most films that are adaptations of written literature.
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Most movies are based on novels, short stories, or plays. TWM's Learning Guides and lesson plans will show how to make the best use filmed adaptations of works of literature in the classroom.
To give you a sense of how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers as lesson plans to supplement school curriculum or for homeschooling, we have set out below a paragraph from TWM's essay on Lesson Plans Using Film Adaptations of Novels, Short Stories or Plays.
Students can often follow the conflicts, complications and resolutions in a screened version that they miss in a written work. Therefore, using a high quality filmed adaptation to preview a difficult work of literature can make the writing more accessible. For example, obscure vocabulary and difficult sentence structure in The Scarlet Letter and Billy Budd make these classics difficult reading for today's students. The PBS version of the The Scarlet Letter and the Ustinov version of Billy Budd are excellent adaptations which can serve to introduce the books and make the reading more understandable. Viewing a filmed adaptation of a book by Jane Austen enables students to understand the story and avoid getting lost in the language as they read. (See "Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility as Gateway to Austen's Novel" by Cheryl L. Nixon, contained in Jane Austen in Hollywood, Edited by Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield, 1998, University of Kentucky Press, pages 140 - 147.) Almost any play that is assigned reading is made more accessible by watching a filmed version. This, of course, is especially true of Shakespeare's plays.
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