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"Roused by the Change of Scene": Analyzing a Film Adaptation of Jane Eyre

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"Roused by the Change of Scene": Analyzing a Film Adaptation of Jane Eyre

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute Sessions (plus additional time for students to create their adaptations)
Lesson Author

Scott Filkins

Scott Filkins

Champaign, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English



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As part of their study of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, students read selected sections of the novel closely and compare their representation in the text to representations in the 2007 Masterpiece adaptation of Jane Eyre. They use the concepts of time/pacing, character, and theme to focus their analysis and to plan an adaptation of a scene of their choice.

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Jane Eyre Scene Adaptation Guide: This resource contains links to streamable scenes on PBS LearningMedia from the Masterpiece adaptation of Jane Eyre and relates them to the appropriate sections of the novel.

Jane Eyre Scene Adaptation Analysis & Planning Sheet: Students use this handout to watch the adapted scenes for changes in time, character/point of view, and thematic development.

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Even highly skilled high school readers need support as they encounter longer canonical texts with challenging language and background knowledge demands.  The NCTE Policy Research Brief Reading Instruction for All Students affirms the value of exposure to complex texts and the practice of close reading, but argues for their use as part of a repertoire of “multiple approaches [and] instructional practices that call upon a variety of effective strategies” including

  • foster[ing] students’ engagement with complex texts by teaching students how different textual purposes, genres, and modes require different strategies for reading.

  • demonstrat[ing], especially at the secondary level, how digital and visual texts including multimodal and multigenre texts require different approaches to reading.

This lesson develops students’ capacity to read both print text and film closely, using the specialized vocabulary of each to consider the benefits and limitations of adaptation from one medium to another.

National Council of Teachers of English.  (2012). Reading Instruction for All Students: A Policy Research Brief produced by the National Council of Teachers of English.

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