This new semester of RAPS is off to a fantastic start! Our 5th and 6th group began a new project of analyzing books turned into movies. Many of our favorite books have made it to the big screen, but sometimes there are changes to the stories. We dove in by looking at Holes, a book we read last semester. After deciding what our non-negotiables would be in changes to the story, we looked at how the book Holes was adapted into the movie. We spent some time reading and looking at different scenes to determine if there were major changes or not. We decided that not all changes to the story were huge, but a few made a difference. Our last step was to create posters detailing the differences between the book and the movie, and what we would have done differently. We finished up the week by having everyone choose a book that has already been turned into a movie to analyze. We will spend some time reading, taking notes, and looking at the movies each week this semester.
This week, the writing group divided and conquered the major plot points of their multimedia story, scripting the filmed components and planning out the digital media parts. Next week, they will finish up the initial script and edit as a group, fleshing out characters and refining minor plot points.
The remaining 7th and 8th graders started a new book—I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora. This book is about 3 7thgraders, Fat Bob, To Kill a Mockingbird, and a viral conspiracy. They students did three different activities with the book before they started reading it.
Can’t wait to see you all next time, February 20th!