Lights! Camera! Action! and…Reading? (SDR)

it-crowd-popcorn-goThis summer I am amazed by how many YA book to movie adaptations are in theaters.

Movies Increase Student Learning

Through discussions with my students and my colleagues, I have come to the conclusion that movies are an invaluable tool within our classrooms.Incorporating books with movies into the class allows us to reach a population of students that might be reluctant to read, need extra motivation, or an audio-visual component that will allow them to grasp and better comprehend the plot and its varying elements. Movies can also give students the confidence they need to be more accountable and take ownership in their learning. They provide an excellent opportunity for student led discussions on the plot elements or thematic messages in the movie that connect to their own experiences. We can also use movies to enhance our students’ writing skills. Below are links to writing centered lesson plans that can be incorporated into the curriculum when reading books with movie adaptations.

Writing Movie Reviews: Lights, Camera, Publish!

Cover to Cover: Comparing Books to Movies



Check out some of the movies in theaters this summer!

(Click on the book title for a link to the trailer.)

The Fault in Our Stars

Fault_in_our_starsDespite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.




The Giver

MV5BMTY1MTIxMjg2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjUyNzgwMjE@._V1_SY1200_CR90,0,630,1200_AL_Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.








If I Stay


Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.
Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind? Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters. If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

The Maze Runner

the-maze-runner-5“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.”
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.



If you’re looking for upcoming YA books being adapted into movies, check out the links below.

YA Novels Becoming Movies

YA Book to Movie Adaptations

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