Education Technology

NCTE: Class Work — The Movie

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will watch X, the movie based on the life and autobiography of Malcolm X. They will familiarize themselves with the characters of the movie, taking notes, and using them to create a comparative analysis between the book and movie.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Obtain a videotape of the movie. Arrange for a tape player and TV monitor for the class on the days you will air the film. Coordinate the book chapters with the corresponding parts of the movie. (A recommendation for dividing the book chapters is provided in the next activity.) Students will first view a portion of the movie and take notes about the characterization and plot incidences as portrayed in the film. For homework (or if time remains after the film viewing for the period), they will read the corresponding chapters in the Autobiography. They will most likely have to finish the reading as homework. Divide the movie and book into four sections, as equally as possible.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Read and view texts and performances from a wide range of authors, subjects, and genres.
  • Understand and identify the distinguishing features of the major genres and use them to aid their interpretation and discussion of literature.
  • Identify significant literary elements (including metaphor, symbolism, foreshadowing, dialect, rhyme, meter, irony, climax) and use those elements to interpret the work.
  • Recognize different levels of meaning.
  • Read aloud with expression, conveying the meaning and mood of a work.
  • Evaluate literary merit based on an understanding of the genre and the literary elements.
  • Present responses to and interpretations of literature making references to the literary elements found in the text and connections with their personal knowledge and experience.
  • Produce interpretation of literary works that identify different levels of meaning and comment on their significance and effect.
  • Write stories, poems, essays, and plays that observe the conventions of the genre and contain interesting and effective language and voice.
  • After the Activity

    When the first segment of the film is completed, assign the first chapters of the book for homework. Students will need to read the complete assignment before the next class period. If time remains after viewing the movie segment, they can begin reading in class.

    You may want to tell the class that they will spend the next four class meetings watching segments of the film and reading the Autobiography. In each of these meetings, they will take notes about the film in preparation for comparing and contrasting the movie to the book.