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Activity Overview


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.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

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


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

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.


Rubric

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Compare and Contrast Texts/Renditions
Create a storyboard that compares the text with one or more texts, versions, or history.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Comparison Analysis
Text and images include a clear explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics. These comparisons go beyond superficial elements and show strong understanding of the story elements.
Text and images include an explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics, but the explanation may lack clarity or show only superficial understanding in some squares.
Text and images may include no explanation of similarities and/or differences, or they may make only superficial or inaccurate comparisons.
Textual Explanation
The text clearly and accurately describes all the scenes and concepts depicted.
The text clearly and accurately describes most of the scenes and concepts depicted.
The text fails to describe most of the scenes clearly and accurately.
Storyboard Image and Effort
Student clearly shows effort to convey the setting, characters and specific scene of the book. The scene is clearly identifiable based on the graphic depiction.
Student attempts to convey the setting, characters, and specific scene through use of graphics, but the depiction may be confusing, disordered, or lack some detail.
Student does not clearly convey the setting, characters, and scene.
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes one or two minor errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.




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