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Cover to Cover: Comparing Books to Movies

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Cover to Cover: Comparing Books to Movies

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Seven 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sharon Roth

Sharon Roth

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






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CD/DVD Cover Creator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

CD/DVD Cover Creator

The CD/DVD Cover Creator allows users to type and illustrate CD and DVD covers and related booklets for liner notes and other information. Students can use the tool to create covers for books, music, and films that they explored as well as to create covers for media they compose individually or as a class.


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  • Select a book that has been made into a movie to read aloud to the class. Possible titles have been included on the Grades 6–8 Book and Film List. If you wish to make these activities cross-curricular then cross-check the title with the Website Teach with Movies.

  • Obtain permission for viewing the film using the Permission to View Film/Video handout, or the permission forms and any other documents required by your school or district.

  • Decide whether students will complete the Focused Reading and Viewing Guide as they read or after the novel is complete.

  • Share the novel with the class.

  • Make copies of all necessary handouts.

  • Test the DVD Cover Creator on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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