Media Literacy

reading is seeing

Film and Literature

I had a recent enlightening experience while teaching The Great Gatsby. I was reading the first chapters to my on level Juniors. I knew that they were having trouble visualizing a novel that takes place in the 20s despite the prereading activities  I used. I was going to show one of the versions of the film, but since both are rather poor adaptations, so I decided to let my classes choose their version. We discussed the reasons for their choices, which ended up in some indepth discussions that I could not have gotten with simple questioning strategies. They drew on the facts and descriptions that they remembered from the readings and coupled them with their rather savvy interpretations of visual text. For example, when choosing one film because they liked Daisy as she was portrayed led them to try to verbalize what they had gained of her character from the book. This was very affirming of the power of film in literature and of higher order thinking.

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May 10, 2009 - Posted by | MEDIA LITERACY | , ,

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