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From Text to Film: Exploring Classic Literature Adaptations

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From Text to Film: Exploring Classic Literature Adaptations

Grades 8 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patrick Striegel

Patrick Striegel

Tolono, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Student Interactives






Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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  • PBS Masterpiece

    This website contains a vast collection of teachersí guides and other educational materials.† The Learn section of the site offers 30 in-depth guides to classics as well as comprehensive author guides.

  • Film in the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers

    This link connects you to a PDF version of a PBS Teaching Guide that is connected to 25 Masterpiece films and offers new ideas and innovative activities for teaching film in todayís digital environment.† This teacherís guide also includes graphic organizers to help studentís evaluate classic films.

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  1. Begin by selecting books that the students will be using for this activity. Choose a novel that has an appropriate film adaption (p.38-39 Film in the Classroom: A Guide For Teachers) and have the class read it.
  2. Acquire the appropriate film adaptation and the technology needed to view it.† Be sure to send a Movie Permission Slip or the forms required by your local school to families announcing details about the movie before showing it in class.
  3. Make appropriate copies of Venn Diagram, 2 Circles Printout, Storyboard Graphic Organizer (p.36 Film in the Classroom: A Guide For Teachers), Storyboard Reflection Handout, Storyboard Peer Review, Film Adaptation Handout, and the Gallery Walk Match.
  4. Have the students read the selected book completely and discuss main points/literary elements such as plot, characters, tone, and conflict.† The chosen text needs to be completed before this lesson is taught.

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