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Pairs of texts

31 Mar

I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about interesting textual pairings for study as part of a comparative unit.  Many of my ideas are not suitable for my school context or the ability levels of my classes.  However, I do think that, in the right contexts and with the right classes, all could form the basis of interesting and engaging units.

  1. A Lesson Before Dying (novel) & To Kill a Mockingbird (film)
  2. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Freedom Writers (film)
  3. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Girl At War (novel)
  4. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Hotel Rwanda (film)
  5. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Schindler’s List (film)
  6. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon (poetry)
  7. A Long Way Gone (memoir) & Poetry of Wilfred Owen (poetry)
  8. Americanah (novel) & selected episodes of Black-ish (television series)
  9. A Monster Calls (novel) & Boy (film)
  10. A Monster Calls (novel) & Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (film)
  11. A Monster Calls (novel/film) & Frankenstein (novel)
  12. And Then There Were None (novel) & Selected episodes of Trapped (television series)
  13. Animal Farm (novel) & Selection of episodes of House of Cards (television series)
  14. Anzac Girls (television series) & Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon (poetry)
  15. Bad Feminist (collection of essays) & For Colored Girls (film)
  16. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  17. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & The Dreamer (novel)
  18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & The Kite Runner (film or graphic novel)
  19. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (novel) & Wadjda (film)
  20. Becoming Kirrali Lewis (novel) & Boy (film)
  21. Becoming Kirrali Lewis (novel) & The Kite Runner (graphic novel)
  22. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Americanah (novel)
  23. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Selected short stories of Chinua Achebe (short stories)
  24. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Desdemona (play)
  25. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & God Help the Child (novel)
  26. Boy, Snow, Bird (novel) & Kissing the Witch (novel)
  27. Brave New World (novel) & The Crucible (play)
  28. Brave New World (novel) & Never Let Me Go (film)
  29. Brave New World (novel) & V for Vendetta (film)
  30. Briar Rose (novel) & Grave of the Fireflies (film)
  31. Briar Rose (novel) & Lion (film)
  32. Briar Rose (novel) & Night (autobiography)
  33. Briar Rose (novel) & Schindler’s List (film)
  34. Deadline (novel) & Dead Poets Society (film)
  35. Deadline (novel) & The Fault In Our Stars (film)
  36. Deadline (novel) & The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (film)
  37. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & A United Kingdom (film)
  38. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Hairspray (film)
  39. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Invictus (film)
  40. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Remember the Titans (films)
  41. Deadly, Unna? (novel) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series)
  42. El Deafo (graphic novel) & The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (novel)
  43. Etiquette and Espionage (novel) & Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (film)
  44. Exit West (novel) & Romeo and Juliet (play)
  45. Exit West (novel) & The poetry of Selina Nwulu (poetry)
  46. Exit West (novel) & The poetry of Warsan Shire (poetry)
  47. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (novel) & After the Storm (film)
  48. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (novel) & 11’09’01 (collection of short films)
  49. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (novel) & Lion (film)
  50. Face (novel) & The Intouchables (film)
  51. Fahrenheit 451 (novel) & Persepolis (graphic novel or film)
  52. Fahrenheit 451 (novel) & V For Vendetta (film)
  53. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf (choreopoem) & Mustang (film)
  54. Frankenstein (novel) & Boy, Snow, Bird (novel)
  55. Frankenstein (novel) & Frankenweenie (film)
  56. Frankenstein (novel) & The Iron Giant (film)
  57. Frankenstein (novel) & Metropolis (film)
  58. Frankenstein (novel) & Never Let Me Go (film)
  59. Frankenstein (novel) & The Rocky Horror Picture Show (film)
  60. Frankenstein (novel) & The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (novel)
  61. Girl Rising (film) & Poetry of Maya Angelou (poetry)
  62. Hamlet (play) & A Monster Calls (novel/film)
  63. Hamlet (play) & Nutshell (novel)
  64. Hamlet (play) & The Lion King (film)
  65. Hiroshima (novel) & Grave of the Fireflies (film)
  66. King Henry IV, Part I (play) & Selected episodes of House of Cards (television show)
  67. King Henry IV, Part I (play) & Selected episodes of Scandal (television show)
  68. King Richard II (play) & Selected episodes of House of Cards (television show)
  69. Life of Pi (novel) & Castaway (film)
  70. Lord of the Flies (novel) & Where the Wild Things Are (film)
  71. Lord of the Flies (novel) & The Hunger Games (film)
  72. Macbeth (play) & Selected episodes of Designated Survivor (television series)
  73. Macbeth (play) & The Dressmaker (film)
  74. Macbeth (play) & The Gods of Wheat Street (television series)
  75. Macbeth (play) & The Kite Runner (graphic novel, novel or film)
  76. Macbeth (play) & Selected episodes of House of Cards (television series)
  77. Macbeth (play) & Selected episodes of Scandal (television series)
  78. Maus (graphic novel) & A Long Way Gone (memoir)
  79. Maus (graphic novel) & Night (autobiography)
  80. Maus (graphic novel) & Schindler’s List (film)
  81. March (novel) & Little Wome(novel)
  82. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (novel) & The Fault in Our Stars (film)
  83. Night (autobiography) & A Long Way Gone (memoir)
  84. Night (autobiography) & Girl At War (novel)
  85. Night (autobiography) & Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography)
  86. Night (autobiography) & Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
  87. Night (autobiography) & Schindler’s List (film)
  88. Night (autobiography) & The Seven Stages of Grieving (play)
  89. Nona and Me (novel) & Looking for Alibrandi (film)
  90. Nona and Me (novel) & September (film)
  91. Of Mice and Men (novel) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (film)
  92. Othello (play) & Desdemona (play)
  93. Othello (play) & Gone Girl (film)
  94. Othello (play) & New Boy (novel)
  95. Othello (play) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series)
  96. Othello (play) & V For Vendetta (film)
  97. Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Girl At War (novel)
  98. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Hotel Rwanda (film)
  99. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Lion (film)
  100. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Maus (graphic novel)
  101. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Night (autobiography)
  102. Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You (biography) & Schindler’s List (film)
  103. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & Bride and Prejudice (film)
  104. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & Bridget Jones’s Diary (film)
  105. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & Mustang (film)
  106. Pride & Prejudice (novel) & The Wedding Plan (film)
  107. Refugee Boy (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  108. Refugee Boy (novel) & The African Doctor (film)
  109. Refugee Boy (novel) & The Arrival (picture book)
  110. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Alex and Eve (film)
  111. Romeo & Juliet (play) & A United Kingdom (film)
  112. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Freedom Writers (film)
  113. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Hairspray (film)
  114. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Meet the Patels (film)
  115. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Mustang (film)
  116. Romeo & Juliet (play) & My Big Fat Greek Wedding (film)
  117. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Tanna (film)
  118. Romeo & Juliet (play) & The Fault in Our Stars (film or novel)
  119. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Titanic (film)
  120. Romeo & Juliet (play) & Viceroy’s House (film)
  121. Romeo & Juliet (play) & West Side Story (film)
  122. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television show)
  123. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & The Green Bicycle (novel)
  124. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & The Kite Runner (novel or graphic novel)
  125. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & Wadjda (film)
  126. Safana and Aunt Sarrinah (play) & Poetry of Warsan Shire (poetry)
  127. Scattered Lives (play) & Americannah (novel)
  128. Scattered Lives (play) & Freedom Writers (film)
  129. Scattered Lives (play) & Looking for Alibrandi (novel)
  130. Scattered Lives (play) & Poetry of Peter Skrzynecki (poetry)
  131. Scattered Lives (play) & Poetry of Selina Nwulu (poetry)
  132. Scattered Lives (play) & Poetry of Warsan Shire (poetry)
  133. Schindler’s Ark (novel) & Hotel Rwanda (film)
  134. Speak (novel) & For Colored Girls (film)
  135. Speak (novel) & The Scarlet Letter (novel)
  136. Stargirl (novel) & Wadjda (film)
  137. Station Eleven (novel) & A Midsummer Night’s Dream (play)
  138. Station Eleven (novel) & Hag-Seed (novel)
  139. Station Eleven (novel) & Never Let Me Go (novel or film)
  140. Station Eleven (novel) & The Tempest (play)
  141. Stolen (play) & Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
  142. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (novel) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (film)
  143. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (memoir) & Queen of Katwe (film)
  144. The Color Purple (novel) & For Colored Girls (film)
  145. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (novel) & Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (film)
  146. The Dreamer (novel) & Billy Elliot (film)
  147. The Drover’s Wife (play) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series).
  148. The First Third (novel) & Boy (film)
  149. The Fault in Our Stars (novel) & Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (film)
  150. The Handmaid’s Tale (novel/television series) & Never Let me Go (novel/film)
  151. The Help (novel) & A United Kingdom (film)
  152. The Help (novel) & Remember the Titans (film)
  153. The Help (novel) & The Blindside (film)
  154. The Outsiders (novel) & Hunt for the Wilderpeople (film)
  155. The Outsiders (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  156. The Outsiders (novel) & Yolngu Boy (film)
  157. The Rabbits (picture book) & Deadly, Unna? (novel)
  158. The Rabbits (picture book) & Poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal (poetry)
  159. The Rabbits (picture book) & Rabbit-Proof Fence (film)
  160. The Real Inspector Hound (play) & Selected episodes of Trapped (television series)
  161. The Real Inspector Hound (play) & And Then There Were None (novel)
  162. The Scarlet Letter (novel) & Easy A (film)
  163. The Skull Beneath the Skin (novel) & The Real Inspector Hound (play)
  164. The Skull Beneath the Skin (novel) & Selected episodes of Trapped (television series)
  165. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (novel) & The Drover’s Wife (play)
  166. The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman (novel) & Freedom Writers (film)
  167. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (novel) & Hamlet (play or film)
  168. The Kite Runner (novel) & Big Fish (film)
  169. The Kite Runner (novel) & Boy (film)
  170. The Queue (novel) & Animal Farm (novel)
  171. The Queue (novel) & Brave New World (novel)
  172. The Queue (novel) & Fahrenheit 451 (novel/film)
  173. The Queue (novel) & Nineteen Eighty-Four (novel)
  174. The Queue (novel) & Persepolis (film/graphic novel)
  175. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & A United Kingdom (film)
  176. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Hairspray (film)
  177. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Poetry of Langston Hughes (poetry)
  178. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Remember the Titans (film)
  179. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & Selected episodes of Redfern Now (television series)
  180. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & The Blindside (film)
  181. To Kill a Mockingbird (novel) & The Help (film)
  182. To This Day (graphic novel) & Wonder (novel)
  183. To This Day (graphic novel) & Face (novel)
  184. Vernon God Little (novel) & Elephant (film)
  185. Vinegar Girl (novel) & The Taming of the Shrew (play)
  186. Vinegar Girl (novel) & 10 Things I Hate About You (film)
  187. Voices from Chernobyl (non-fiction) & Grave of the Fireflies (film)
  188. War Horse (film) & Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon (poetry)
  189. War Horse (film) & Poetry of Wilfred Owen (poetry)
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REVIEW: Soldier Boy

4 Jan

As part of my holiday reading binge I have also read Anthony Hill’s Soldier Boy.  This text is based on the true story of Australia’s youngest ANZAC, Jim Martin.

The text itself was interesting, charting the experiences and emotions of a boy (pretending to be a man) during war.  Also interesting were the primary sources included in the text.  However, the text often presented as a recount, making it difficult to completely immerse oneself the wartime setting or the perspectives of those mentioned in the texts.

In summary, this text would be an interesting way in to a unit on war poetry or life writing for a junior class.  However, I am not sure I would teach it as a stand alone text in another context.

REVIEW: ‘Across the Barricades’

3 Jan

I recently read Joan Lingard’s Across the Barricades.  This is a Romeo & Juliet style novel which follows the experiences of Kevin, a Catholic boy, and Sadie, a Protestant girl.   Set against The Troubles in Northern Island, the novel explores the power of community expectations, the strength of love, and the conflicts that result when individuals seeks to challenge the status quo.

This is a really interesting novel to use as a means of introducing students to the relationship between context and content.  Notably, it will require students to have a general understanding of the divisions in Northern Island as, without this, the tensions and obstacles within the text do not make sense.

It is also an interesting novel to use as an introduction to Romeo & Juliet.  Indeed, many of the themes of Shakespeare’s play are introduced in this novel, paving the way for students to understand conflict and young love.   This thematic emphasis also allows for students to make meaningful connections to their own lives, introducing the concepts of prejudice, rebellion and standing up for one’s principles.