Top 15 Favorite YA-Books-Turned-Movies

I know some will read this, and feel a bit reluctant to consider teaching a novel with a popular movie easily available for all students to watch and replace with reading, but I think if administered correctly, these could be really great picks and an important list to browse. I have a student this year with extreme dyslexia and mental processing disorders. It is an enormous challenge for her to comprehend what she is reading, so if I can find a film that stays true to the novel, it is a great way to help her understand the written content. We can go slow, compare scenes, and even compare mediums. If she is already familiar with the plot, reading the words might be a bit easier and open her up to reading more books and being comfortable with them. I hope it works, and will keep everyone posted. Has anyone ever tried this method with your SPED kids before? If so, I’d love to know how it went, or any ideas and suggestions you may have.




One thought on “Top 15 Favorite YA-Books-Turned-Movies

  1. I believe that films/film clips can be one of the most powerful tools a teacher can use to help students read and write more. Your fear of showing a film to a class is valid. Too often I’ve observed teachers rely too heavily upon a film where there is very little discussion and work taking place both during and after the film is shown. On the other side, and I have been guilty of this, there can be too much discussion and interruption during the film, and as a result, students literally lose the plot. Yes, you are in a classroom, and not in a movie theater, but I have had to remind myself to, at times, relax. Here are a few strategies to be extremely helpful when it has come to showing films:

    – Sell it as if it is the best thing since sliced bread. Your enthusiasm will pay dividends.
    – Know the movie inside out. Watch it two to four times, and watch the questions you ask during discussions become more so much more incisive and thought-provoking.
    – Know the sequence of the movie inside out. This way you can be more efficient with time, skip the fluff, and avoid giving away important information. This is even more so the case when showing films from Netflix or Amazon Prime. In this case, make a note of key minutes you want to stop at or skip over.
    – ****Hold students totally accountable for watching a movie in the classroom. The movie should function like a text. As such, students need to be able to perform the same skills in watching the movie as they would in reading a text. This includes completing graphic organizers and writing short answer responses. If you do not hold them accountable, you will lose them the next time around.


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