Teaching Students About the Little Mermaid Live-Action Adaptation

The Little Mermaid is a classic tale cherished by many generations. Its well-loved story of adventure, self-discovery, and romance has been an inspiration to countless children, making it a perfect springboard for teaching students about the upcoming live-action adaptation. This article provides guidance on how to incorporate the Little Mermaid live-action into an engaging lesson plan that will capture students’ imagination while developing essential skills.

Lesson Objective

To enhance students’ understanding of storytelling, character development, and creative expression by examining and comparing Disney’s original animated film, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, and the upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

Materials Needed

1. Copies of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”

2. The Disney animated film “The Little Mermaid” (1989)

3. Information or trailers from the upcoming live-action adaptation

4. Art materials (paper, colored pencils or markers, etc.)

Lesson Procedure

1. Introduction: Begin with a discussion about The Little Mermaid in its various forms – the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen; the widely popular 1989 Disney animated movie; and the much-anticipated live-action movie adaptation. Talk about how each version offers different perspectives on the characters and their corresponding journeys.

2. Reading: Have students read Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” to understand the original text.

3. Movie Viewing: Show students the 1989 animated film adaptation by Disney for a comparison to Andersen’s version.

4. Discussion: Compare and contrast the two versions of The Little Mermaid—Andersen’s original text and Disney’s animated film—analyzing differences in plotlines, character motivations, and thematic undertones.

5. Research: Get students familiarized with background information on the upcoming live-action movie adaptation as well as any available promotional materials or trailers.

6. Group work: Divide the students into small groups and ask them to discuss the possible differences between the animated version and the live-action adaptation. Encourage them to theorize about potential changes filmmakers might make for the new portrayal, considering factors such as existing differences between original and animated stories, modern-day storylines, and technology innovations.

7. Creative Activity: Ask each student (or group) to create an original adaptation of a scene from The Little Mermaid, focusing on a significant plot or character development change from either Andersen’s fairy tale or Disney’s animated film. Students can use their chosen medium – drawing, writing, or even acting out their adaptation – to express their ideas.

8. Presentation: Have each student or group present their adaptation and explain why their creative decision-making has an impact on the story being told.

9. Reflection: End the lesson by having students discuss what they’ve learned by using The Little Mermaid as a case study in understanding how stories evolve through different adaptations and what role creative expression plays in storytelling.

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