Leap Into Lit Blog Hop

Looking for new ways to engage your students in literature, especially with classics that might seem old and outdated? In this secondary English Language Arts blog hop, the Literary League showcases resources that can be used with any literary text, time after time, year after year.Here at the Literary League, we’re a group of English teachers who truly love literature (we bet you already figured that part out). Given free time, we can all agree that there’s nothing better than leaping into a good book. But, even as avid readers, we have to admit that those spare minutes tend to be few and far between, especially during the school year, and there are times that we just have to …
  • leap into a book recommended by a friend, a colleague, or especially a student, who is anxiously awaiting our review
  • leap into a new novel we’re teaching, whether or not we’ve had time to fully prepare a complete unit
  • leap into a classic, maybe not one of our favorites, but something we know students need to sit with in order to grow as a reader
For those instances, the Literary League is teaming up to share some of our favorite resources to help you Leap into Literature. These are resources that are not tied to a particular book, but ones that can be used over and over again, both with your favorite novels, as well as with new texts or classic pieces you’re trying to breathe new life into.

A favorite resource I use to engage my students in literature is my Book Versus Movie Assignment. Students love to read books that have been turned into movies. 

In my classroom, I use this assignment every year. Students compare and contrast the plot, characters, setting and theme of the book and the movie. They are evaluated on four different sections Reading, Writing, Oral and Media. Each assignment has a separate due date to balance my marking load, and to balance the student's work load. 
Assignment variety is key to student engagement with this project. This Book Verses Movie Assignment includes graphic organizers, short answer questions, creative oral presentations and artwork.  

You can read about other engaging literature resources from the other Literary Leaguers linked up below.

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  1. Students always want to "read" the book by watching the movie so this assignment makes sure we actually get both! :)


  2. This was always a favorite activity of mine when I taught my enrichment class! My students loved comparing the book to the movie. It made for some of the best classroom discussions!

  3. Today's students are more visual than ever before, so this is a great way to really solidify what they read and allow for great comparison discussions.

  4. I love this! I had so many students read The Martian this quarter since the movie came out, so I'd love to do Book vs. Movie for even a few scenes.


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