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  Books versus films
Updated 04 March 2004, 15.43
Harry Potter showing his scar in the film

Overview
JK Rowling got bombarded with 16,000 questions when she logged on for an hour-long webchat on World Book Day.

Many people prefer the books of Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings to the film.

Students discuss whether films can ever improve upon their book counterparts.

Learning aims

  • Identify some books that have become films.

  • Make comparisons between books and films.

  • Learn advantages of books over films and the benefits of reading.

Introduction
Read through

Ask the class which of the comments they most agree with and:

  • Could films ever bring about the end of books?

  • What would the world be like without books?

  • Do you prefer to watch a film before you read a book?

  • How can films encourage people to read books?

  • If you could turn a book into a film, which would it be and why?

Main activity
Make a class list of films that have been based on books:

  • Shrek - by William Steig

  • 101 Dalmations - by Dodie Smith

  • Babe - based on The Sheep Pig by Dick King-Smith

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - by Ian Fleming

  • The Jungle Book - by Rudyard Kipling

  • James and the Giant Peach and Matilda - both by Roald Dahl

  • Jumanji - based on the picture book by Chris Van Allsburg

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - by JK Rowling

  • The Lord of the Rings - by JRR Tolkien

  • The Wizard of Oz - by L Frank Baum

  • Oliver! - based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Using the class' list as a starting point hold a debate or discussion over the motion:

"Books offer things that films can't."

Find notes for the main speeches by clicking the links below.



A formal structure to follow:



Reasons why books are better than films



Reasons why films are better than books


Plenary
Recap on the main teaching points.

The chair announces the outcome of the vote or the class see if they can reach a consensus.


For all links and resources click at top right.


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