Comparative Essay Book Vs Movie

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Don't judge a book by its movie!

Students LOVE to watch the movie version of a book they have just read, whhich presents teachers with a valuable opportunity to teach compare-and-contrast/opinion writing.

This complete resource will take your students through the entire process of writing a 5-paragraph essay with 11 detailed lessons and supporting student planning pages.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. {Grades 4-8}

Lesson 1- Viewing the Movie, Venn Diagram
Lesson 2- Getting Started: Compare and Contrast
Lesson 3- Pre-Writing: Thinking About an Essay
Lesson 4- The "Meat": Writing the Body of Your Essay
Lesson 5- Essential Component: Writing a Thesis Statement
Lesson 6- First Impression: Writing the Introduction to Your Essay
Lesson 7- It's a Wrap!: Writing a Concluding Paragraph
Lesson 8- Familiarize Your Students with the Grading Rubric
Lesson 9- Putting It All Together: First Draft
Lesson 10- Self and Peer Editing
Lesson 11- Time to Publish and Assess

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Teaching Duration

3 Weeks

Since then, however, I’ve discovered how educational this activity can actually be – when I take the time to plan an intentional lesson.

My original, last minute lesson involved a blank Venn Diagram for students to fill in. There was nothing wrong with this, but my 3rd grade students usually didn’t spend much time thinking critically about the differences and similarities between the book and the movie. Instead, they simply wrote down the first things that came into their head, which usually were surface level observations.

I wanted my students to think more critically and more deeply.

I found the best way to encourage deeper thinking was to ask students some questions before watching the movie so that they would be thinking more critically while watching the movie. This also helped my 3rd graders think about what they expected from the movie.

Then, after the movie, I encouraged my students to think about very specific details about the book and movie, rather than just comparing and contrasting using the first thing that popped into their heads.

Not all of the questions I asked were directly related to comparing and contrasting the book and the movie, but these questions got students thinking more critically, which made their comparisons later more thoughtful.

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