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In The Hunger Games novel and movie, a futuristic, dystopian society is the setting. In it, a genetically engineered bird escapes control of the government. Using this as a starting point, teenagers examine the realistic possibility of do-it-yourself biology by reading a newspaper article about it. Discussion points and comprehension questions are provided for you, as well as links to the scientific background involved. This is sure to engage your biology class or your engineering class.
Students compare a book and a movie of the same story. For this book and movie comparison lesson, students compare the book, Sounder, to the movie version. They use a graphic organizer that compares what they visualized while reading with what they see in the movie. They complete vocabulary and comprehension worksheets for each chapter.
The pop movie Moulin Rouge was based on the opera La Boheme. Learners watch the last 30 minutes of each musical to compare and contrast social opposites. They'll first discuss the social differences of the main characters and how those differences reflect topics of daily life, political beliefs, and social morality. They then create and perform a new final scene for the film Moulin Rouge.
Clever! Use a clip from the 1997 film, Volcano, to get your chemistry class knee-deep in heat concepts related to lava. In the movie scene, lava flow is stopped in the nick of time. Your class must use calculations to determine if this could actually happen. Use this activity as an assessment after introducing learners to the concepts of specific heat and latent heat.
I love this project! We all read and summarize chapters with our students, but not like this. The class is broken into 4 groups, each group reads a different Newberry book and summarizes each chapter. They use their chapter summaries to storyboard and then write a script which will be filmed with a digital camera. A high school student will then help each group edit and produce their film. This is a great way to get kids into reading, thinking logically, and creatively.
Discover the genre of short stories with sixth graders. They discuss the characteristics of short stories from the book America Street. Then, they compare and contrast movies and television shows and chart story characteristics. Various readings are recommended along with a reflective activity.
Did your class read Louis Sachar's Newbery Medal-winning book Holes? Compare and contrast the film version with the novel. After reading a brief passage from the book, watch the film adaptation of the scene. Learners pay attention to and analyze the differences in both versions. Additionally, they make suggestions for improving the scene. This lesson could be a useful way to study the adaptation of a novel to film (This version stays loyal to its source material.) as well as an opportunity to evaluate the choices of the filmmakers.