Activity Overview

Teachers can further students' investigation of The Breadwinner and life in Afghanistan under Taliban rule by showing the movie adaptation of the book that was released in 2017. As with most adaptations, there are many differences and similarities between the book and the movie. Students will complete the Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the movie and the book and use these worksheets as a jumping off point for a deeper class discussion. Teachers can use this worksheet online digitally or printed out on a day when students may not have access to their computers. It's completely customizable as well, so teachers can add as little or as much guidance as they would like. Teachers may also choose to use a T Chart template in the Storyboard Creator if they want students to focus on either similarities or differences.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Compare and contrast the movie and the book versions of The Breadwinner.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. On the left hand side of the Venn Diagram, write about the characters, their names, personality traits and situations as well as events that occurred in the book The Breadwinner.
  3. On the right hand side, do the same for the movie adaptation.
  4. In the middle list people, places and events that were the same in both.
  5. Use the lines on the bottom to write your preference for either the movie or the book version.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/7] Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Worksheet Rubric
7 Points
4 Points
1 Points
The writing is clear and uses complete sentences. The worksheet is complete and correct.
The writing is somewhat clear and uses some complete sentences. The worksheet is complete with some incorrect responses.
The worksheet is incomplete or mostly incorrect.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are somewhat correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly incorrect.

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