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Have You Seen the Movie Yet?
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Activity Time||2 to 4 hours, depending upon the number of strategies used to evaluate and create scenes (can be completed over several days)|
Book-to-film adaptations provide great ways for children to explore their favorite books in new ways. Before seeing a Harry Potter movie (or any other film based on a book, classic or contemporary), children can learn about filmmaking and create their own scenes based on their favorite moments from the book.
Reading a favorite book to find the most important or most interesting parts helps children learn the difference between the details and the heart of the story. This kind of analysis brings the story closer to the reader and helps children remember the story more clearly. When children make decisions about how scenes from the book might translate onto the movie screen, they have ownership of the story and will notice new aspects of the book and the movie because of what they have learned about filmmaking.
This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plans "You Know the Movie Is Coming-Now What?" available online at http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=854, and "Literature Circle Roles Reframed: Reading as a Film Crew."