With a few weeks left of summer, there’s still lots of time for summer reading! In the age of cinematography, there are many movies, both current and from years past, based on books.
In our home, our kids aren’t allowed to see a movie based on a book until they’ve read the original. This helps them to understand the author’s original intent before they see what a screen-writer and director have done to the story in order to make it fit in a two hour time frame.
Compare reading a book with watching the movie
Reading a book and then watching a movie allows for wonderful family discussion. You can talk about how the author developed the story in the book and whether or not the story development was the same in the movie.
- What plot points existed in the book that may have been left out of the movie?
- Did you agree with the director’s choices?
- Take a look at the characters – were they all the same?
- Were the characters developed the same way?
- Did you agree with the casting decisions?
- What did you think of the scene choices? Did they match what you had pictured in your head?
- What scenes were added in the movie that didn’t exist in the book.
- Did the changes help or hinder the main plot?
- Why might the director have made the changes you noted?
Use the attached printable to help your children think through the similarities and differences. A simple Venn diagram is useful for guiding children to think critically.
Other critical thinking activities
Are you looking for more opportunities for your children to think critically? Consider an English class at The Academy at Bright Ideas Press!
We have courses for each grade level from 6th through 12th. Beginning with Middle School English 1, our classes teach students literary analysis while building grammar and writing skills, creating strong communicators.
- Middle School English 1 (Year B) – focuses on literature relating to the early church and the Middle Ages.
- Middle School English 2 (Year D) -helps students cement writing skills and supports these skills with strong grammar usage while reading books pertaining to US history.
- English 1 – the first in our high school courses. Introduces students to higher level literary analysis while continuing to grow writing skills.
- English 2 – uses works from world literature, beginning with Homer’s The Iliad and ending with Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Mrs. Craven walks students through these works with understanding, so that they’re not intimidating.
- English 3 – switches focus to writing. Though American literature is studied, class time and homework assignments concentrate on writing skills. Through a proven writing method, Mrs. Anderson meets students where they are and encourages and guides their growth, creating flourishing writers.
- English 4 – finishes our core high school series with British Literature. Mrs. Appelgrijn prepares students for college making sure they are prepared for their next venture with solid writing and literary analysis skills.
Other online English classes include:
- English Composition (fall semester) This course will introduce students to basic essay forms, giving them confidence in their organization and word-smithing skills.
- Writing the Research Paper (spring semester) An excellent preparation for college, students will overcome trepidation and become confident in the process required to write a solid research paper.
- Mayhem and Mysteries This middle school English class uses mysteries to cultivate students’ English knowledge, all while teaching them discernment.
- Speech (fall semester) Students taking this class will overcome their fear of public speaking while learning to organize their thoughts and connect with an audience.
- Getting to Know C.S. Lewis This course will explore literary themes examining the psychology of temptation, the Christian life, and so much more!
As you enjoy your family time reading and watching movies, consider one of these classes to further develop your communication and analytical skills!
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