Tuesdays with Morrie

Is the movie ever as good as the book? Why or why not? Take literary analysis to the next level with a lesson on Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie. After reading the novel, learners watch the film and write an essay that argues whether changes made to the story are effective or not compared to the original book.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign the novel as independent reading, making periodic comprehension checks throughout the unit
  • Use in a film studies class or when focusing on the differences between a film/stage production and its source material
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes learners have already read Tuesdays with Morrie, but that they haven't seen the film
  • Requires a copy of the 1999 version of the movie
  • Extension ideas enrich the assignment for engaged learners
  • Activates compare/contrast skills as well as film and literary analysis
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