School of Education
film, literature, language arts, storytelling
Educational Methods | Educational Technology
Hahn, Natalie, "From the Book Page to the Big Screen: An Exploration of Literature-to-Film Adaptions and Their Use in the Classroom" (2019). Senior Honors Theses. 888.
Many classic titles of children’s literature have been adapted into feature film presentations. Although often regarded as a mere form of entertainment, movies can and should be incorporated into the elementary classroom as supplementary material to be paired with their corresponding works of literature. The four examples provided include Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. Each of these four works originated as a book that was later recreated into a film format with varying degrees of accuracy to the original story. Through a close examination of the author, theme, classroom application, and film connection, a greater appreciation is gained for the integration of film in the language arts classroom.