The author of this resource writes about the differences between the movie and the play. The question that the teacher may have for the students would include: how much did the play change once it was converted into a film and did the additions or deletions change the meaning of the text?
A retired teacher explains his views on teaching history and culture through films. For instance, the retired teacher writes " once a student can identify with a person in a story, once they can follow a fictional narrative of a person’s life and conflicts, they are more apt to “identify "with that person, to humanize them."
Readers are informed about certain classical novels that have been converted into films. In fact, some of these novels are read in the high school literature classroom and are part of the student curriculum. These novels include the Great Gatsby, Shakespeare, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Furthermore, this resource provides teachers with alternatives ways to present literature, which can be more engaging to the students.
The writer shares some of the differences between the book and the film, which would be a great resource to teachers when discussing the two in an American Literature class. When I was in high school, I read the book in class and then my teacher allowed the class to watch the film. I must say that the film was more interesting than the book and with the remake starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the film is even better today.
Teachers are provided with lesson plans geared toward popular films that are in the student's literature book. For example, the website has a lesson plan for the play Hamlet, which would normally be delivered to the class through film after the students read the play.