Movie Suggestions

I love using film clips or outside of class movies to enrich my students’ learning experiences, and the kids respond enthusiastically when I do use the cinema to enhance units. Any suggestions?

I have the following novels to teach this semester:

  • To Kill A Mockingbird,
  • Frankenstein,
  • Fahrenheit 451,
  • A Gathering of Old Men, and
  • Beowulf.

I will show the film versions for the first two novels, but I’d love some other ideas. I do have some initial notions, but I’d like to see what I can do to broaden my film clip selections.

Also, anybody have any good comics alluding to any of these novels?

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3 thoughts on “Movie Suggestions

  1. mrschili

    Oooh! I LOVE teaching Frankenstein!

    There’s a good remake of the film – MUCH better than anything else I’ve seen – put out by Hallmark Entertainment. It’s the only movie I’ve yet encountered that takes on the question of the Creature’s humanity. Really, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

    Let me think about the others for a bit; I’m sure there are a couple of good films to show alongside TKaM, but they’re not coming to me right now…

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  2. mzzteacher

    My just turned 12 year old son finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird, which I think is pretty impressive for a 6th grader. He told me that it’s one of his favorite books!

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  3. drpezz Post author

    It is an excellent novel, and the film is one of the few cinematic adaptations I will fully show in class. My students really engage with the book, and I enjoy watching them get angry, excited, upset, and outraged as they read it.

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