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A Christmas Memory

Resource ID#: 39346

Primary Type: Lesson Plan

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In this lesson, students will read the autobiographical story "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote and watch a film version, determining what was emphasized in each account. Students will then write an extended paragraph comparing how the content is addressed through the different mediums of print and film. This activity will develop students' analytical reading and viewing skills, including evaluating the author's / director's craft and purpose.

General Information

Subject(s): English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 7
Intended Audience: Educators
Instructional Time: 5 Hour(s)
Resource supports reading in content area: Yes
Freely Available: Yes
Keywords: Truman Capote, Christmas, short story, informational, compare, viewing, visual, multimedia
Instructional Component Type(s): Lesson Plan Worksheet
Resource Collection: CPALMS Lesson Plan Development Initiative

Aligned Standards

Name Description
LAFS.7.RI.1.1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
LAFS.7.RI.3.7: Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
LAFS.7.W.4.10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.