Students love watching movies produced on the basis of the books they have just read.
This can be used as an opportunity to practice their skills of writing compare and contrast essays.
While it may be easy to trace similarities and differences in the plot, your task is more than that.
Include your personal analysis to make your essay stronger.
Now, we did actually spend some time comparing and contrasting the book with the movie, but this was still a little bit of a cop-out.
Really, I just needed some time to play catch up, and a movie was the easiest way to get some extra time.- Into the Wild, a novel written by Jon Krakauer, as well as a film directed by Sean Penn, talks about Chris Mc Candless, a young individual who set out on a journey throughout the Western United States, isolating himself from society, and more importantly, his family.During his travels, he meets a lot of different people, that in a way, change his ways about how he sees the world.• What should be added to the movie to make it better than the book? Would you be upset if this scene was changed in the movie? • What stayed the same in both the book and the movie?• Which do you think you will enjoy more – the book or the movie? • What parts of the book will be difficult to portray in the movie? • Think about the scenes that the movie changed so that they were different from the book. • Whose point of view do you agree with more – the author of the book or the director of the movie?Will it be messy, small, bright, noisy, beautiful, spooky, cold, colorful, etc?• What parts of the book do you think will be cut out of the movie? What scenes were added to the movie that weren’t in the book? • What are some other differences between the book and the movie?Not all of the questions I asked were directly related to comparing and contrasting the book and the movie, but these questions got students thinking more critically, which made their comparisons later more thoughtful.• What do you think your favorite part of the movie will be, and why?This also helped my 3rd graders think about what they expected from the movie.Then, after the movie, I encouraged my students to think about very specific details about the book and movie, rather than just comparing and contrasting using the first thing that popped into their heads.