Compare and Contrast Book to Movie - The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 Compare and Contrast

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In this activity, students will compare and contrast the novel with the film using the T-Chart layout. The column on the left identifies scenes in the novel that were not present in the film. The column on the right identifies scenes in the film that were not present in the novel.

The first example of a scene that was not present in the movie is when Kenny meets Rufus for the first time on the bus to Clark Elementary School. Another is when Byron comes to Kenny’s rescue, to fight the bully, Larry Dunn. Last is Mrs. Watson’s attempt to burn Byron’s fingers with a match, after she catches him lighting toys on fire.

The first example of a scene not present in the novel is when Byron, Kenny, and Joey meet their cousins in Birmingham, Alabama. The cousins describe the peaceful protests, their roles, and how they were arrested.A second element only in the films are the newscasts describing events of the 1960s that catch the attention of Byron and Mrs. Watson. The last example is when Byron and Kenny unknowingly attempt to order in a "whites only" restaurant.



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Create a storyboard comparing and contrasting the book and film version of The Watsons Go to Birmingham

  1. Use the template your teacher provided.
  2. Describe three scenes in the novel that were not in the movie.
  3. Describe three scenes in the movie that were not in the novel.
  4. Illustrate each scene with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
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