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Book vs. Movie Review

Encourage your kids to read, write, and observe with this printable – Book vs. Movie Review. Make a movie night and read a book – great activities you can do together! Have fun!

I remember taking a college course called something like “Intro to Fiction and Film.” We would read the book and then watch the movie in class. Then, we’d have discussions about the similarities and differences.

Who would have thought that “movies based on books” would be a category on Netflix …15 years later!

This Book vs. Movie Review Set includes:
4 page P D F file:
– a Cover Page
– Book vs. Movie – General information
– Book vs. Movie – the Story
– Book and Movie – Comparison

Supplies:

My favorite supplies include printer paper, or cardstock, markers, pencils, colored pencils, and a good printer. By keeping these on hand you will be well on your way to creating lapbooks with your kids. Offer some Microwave Popcorn as a post-assignment treat.

What is a Book vs. Movie Review?

Everyone knows that a book's author often lays out information differently than in the movie version. Movie adaptations can add fictionalized information to the story or leave out characters and complete storylines.

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So, in this exercise, you are going to read the book and then watch the movie. Then, you'll complete this Book vs. Movie Review and if you'd like, you can also have discussions about the similarities and differences. 

Why complete a Book vs. Movie Review?

The review provides a place for students to record the information they have learned in the book and the movie in a more visually appealing and engaging manner. This process applies memory exercises and requires critical thinking.

Book vs. Movie Review: General information

Use this page to capture general information about the book you are reading / movie you are watching.

For the book:

  • title
  • author
  • genre
  • number of pages
  • rating
  • setting (time and place)
  • main character
  • description
  • other characters

For the movie:

  • title
  • director
  • genre
  • run time
  • rating
  • setting (time and place)
  • main character
  • description
  • other characters

Book vs. Movie Review: the Story

Use this page to capture story information about the book you are reading / movie you are watching.

For the book:

  • The Story
    • beginning
    • middle
    • end
  • Problem
  • Solution

For the movie:

  • The Story
    • beginning
    • middle
    • end
  • Problem
  • Solution

Book vs. Movie Review: Comparison

Use this page to creatively capture information about the book you are reading / movie you are watching.

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For the book:

  • Space to write/draw something about the book
  • Space to write/draw something that both the book and movie share
  • My favorite part
  • My favorite scene
  • Drawing of my favorite part
  • Drawing of my favorite scene

For the movie:

  • Space to write/draw something about the movie
  • Space to write/draw something that both the book and movie share
  • My favorite part
  • My favorite scene
  • Drawing of my favorite part
  • Drawing of my favorite scene

Like this activity? Discuss the movie you watched with your kids and encourage them to fill out a Movie Review Lapbook.

Click here to download this printable.

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