What a Character! Comparing Literary Adaptations

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What do Robert Downey Jr., Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Fritz Weaver, Roger Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daffy Duck have in common? Why, it’s elementary, my dear Watson! They all have portrayed Sherlock Holmes. Literary detectives launch an investigation of how varying portrayals of a character influence a drama. The approach detailed here could be used with a wide range of literature.  From Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby, your sleuths will be engaged in the search for clues that reveal how who done it changes everything.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Add scenes from Baz Luhrman's 1996 film to the list of adaptations to show
  • The resource includes specific suggestions for using various adaptations of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet
  • Groups are asked to present their own adaptations of key scenes from the play
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