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Modern Day Adaptations

Pixton Lesson Plan on Modern Day Adaptations

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Character Map
  • Graphic Novel

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Modern Day Adaptations
Pixton Lesson Plan on Modern Day Adaptations

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Teacher Guide

Modern Day Adaptations

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

A modern day adaptation is any modern book or film that is adapted from an original work of literature.

  • Some adaptations stay almost completely true to the original text, simply using modern film technology to share a classic story. Examples include the film versions of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Hobbit, Robin Hood, The Great Gatsby, etc.
  • Other modern adaptations modernize the characters and setting while maintaining essential character traits, dialogue, themes, plot points, etc. Examples include the film version of Romeo and Juliet set in modern Los Angeles starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Daines, and Apocalypse Now, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness set during the Vietnam War.
  • Sometimes, a modern filmmaker or author will use similar characters, conflicts and themes from a classic text to shape an almost unrecognizable film or novel adaptation. For example, Bridget Jones' Diary is based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, while Clueless is based on Austen's Emma. Ten Things I Hate About You is based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew while The Lion King is loosely based on Hamlet.

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What is a modern adaptation?
  • What films have you seen that are relatively accurate portrayals of classic novels, plays, myths, fairy tales or legends?
  • To what extent do these films "stay true" to the original text? How do they differ and why?
  • What films have you seen that modernize, change or "take creative license" with classic stories?
  • What is similar between the original text and the modern adaptation? What is different and why?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Modern Adaptation Analysis

    Complete after viewing a text-based film in class.

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  • Make a Mind Map
    Modernized Film vs. Original Text

    Complete after class discussion or viewing of film.

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  • Make a Character Map
    Characterization Compare & Contrast

    Complete after class discussion or viewing of film.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Graphic Novel to illustrate your own modern adaptation of a classic work of literature.

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard to illustrate the common character archetypes found in literature and film.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Are there any films you may not have realized were modern adaptations but that share common conflicts and themes with classic stories, plays or fairy tales?
  • In your opinion, what are the most famous or "classic" novels, plays, fairy tales, myths, and legends?
  • With these "classics" in mind, brainstorm modern films that may actually be modern adaptations of these classics.
  • Many films are not technically "adaptations" but they use common conflicts, themes, and archetypes found in ancient or classic literature and myth. What are the common character archetypes used in literature and film? What are common conflicts and themes?
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Pixton Activity: Modern Day Adaptations 1 Modern Adaptation Analysis

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Complete this activity after viewing a modern adaptation or text-based film in class.

  • A modern day adaptation is any modern book or film that is adapted from an original work of literature. A true adaptation stays almost completely true to the original text, simply using modern film technology to share a classic story. Examples include the film versions of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Hobbit, Robin Hood, The Great Gatsby, etc.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate how the modern adaptation stays true to the original text:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Modern Day Adaptations 2 Modernized Film vs. Original Text

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map

Intro

A modern day adaptation is any modern book or film that is adapted from an original work of literature.

  • Some modern adaptations modernize the characters and setting while maintaining essential character traits, dialogue, themes, plot points, etc. Examples include the film version of Romeo and Juliet set in modern Los Angeles starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Daines, and Apocalypse Now, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness set during the Vietnam War.
  • Sometimes, a modern filmmaker or author will use similar characters, conflicts and themes from a classic text to shape an almost unrecognizable film or novel adaptation. For example, Bridget Jones' Diary is based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, while Clueless is based on Austen's Emma. Ten Things I Hate About You is based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew while The Lion King is loosely based on Hamlet.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map to illustrate the similarities and differences of the original text and the modernized adaption:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Modern Day Adaptations 3 Characterization Compare & Contrast

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  • Character Map

Intro

A modern day adaptation is any modern book or film that is adapted from an original work of literature.

Instructions

Create a Character Map to illustrate the similarities and differences between one of the characters as they appear in the original text and the modernized adaption:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include as many details as possible in each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Characterization Compare & Contrast

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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