Compare and Contrast: Movies vs. Books
When you ask people whether they prefer 'Movies or Books', you are likely to get a variety of replies. Some people will prefer reading books and other will prefer watching movies. There is another interesting phenomena and that is a section of the population that enjoy both equally.
For some people, reading a book is not the easiest activity in the world. We have all sometimes picked up a book and put it down after battling to read the first page. This is nothing to do with ability or concentration, it is to do with whether or not the book is of personal interest or whether the book actually meets our needs. In other words what is inside the covers of the book may not match the blurb on the outside which is very misleading and very disappointing. The same can be said for movies. How often have we all watched the trailers advertised on TV, thinking that the movie looks really interesting? Then follows the anticipation of going to the movies to watch it, or wait until its available to download and rent at home, only to watch the first ten minutes and realise that it is not going to get any better than 'boring'!
Sometimes it is easier to watch a movie rather than read the book. Some movies that are adaptations of books can enhance the setting, the scenery and dialogue. This is especially helpful for people who have experienced difficulty in learning to read, as watching the movie as well as reading the book can enhance the experience. A movie adaptation can enhance the experience of the book and can bring to life, and get transported into 'this other world'. Visual images are very powerful, but so is the experience of reading and development of our own images. It can also be argued that in order to use our imagination whilst reading we need to have some actual experience of the situation and that experience either comes through accurate and informative writing or visual images (movies).
There are several books that have been made into movies. The interpretation of a book into a movie is bound by resources and finance, and the visualisation of the director. Meanwhile reading the book, taps into the readers imagination, that does not have the same constraints and can be picked and put down at any convenient time.
These resources will help your students think more critically when comparing and contrasting a book with its movie counterpart. Use this resource over and over again with ANY book that has a movie version.
The following is included in this compare and contrast books and movie resource:
-1 printable with questions for students to answer after reading the book but before watching the movie
-3 printables with questions and charts to fill out to compare the book with the movie
-9 pages of activities to help your students be successful in writing an essay that compares and contrasts the book with the movie. Scaffolding is provided for students that need it, allowing you to differentiate more easily.
-2 grading rubrics
This works with a variety of children's books, including Polar Express, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, Charlotte's Web, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Tale of Despereaux, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Holes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Because of Winn Dixie, How to Train Your Dragon, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Mouse and The Motorcycle, James and the Giant Peach, Stellaluna, Where the Red Fern Grows, Jumanji, A Wrinkle in Time, The Indian in the Cupboard, and more.
You might also like some of my other comparing and contrasting activities:
Compare and Contrast Activities
Compare and Contrast Task Cards
Kalena Baker, Teaching Made Practical