It’s the middle of July. If you’re like me—and you probably are since you’re searching for ways to improve your teaching—you’re dying for a Claymation “Leiningen vs the Ants” video.
This 3-minute video is so bad that it’s good. Although it’s horrible, your students will think you’re pretty cool for showing it. It serves as a good review of the story and it is rated G.
And since I’m in the middle of a Central American rainforest with not a whole lot to do right now (except fend off killer ants by my swimming pool), I thought I’d listen to and review a dramatic radio production of “Leiningen vs the Ants.” It’s about 1/2 hour long and it’s pretty good. I’ll throw in a comparison chart, if you’d like to read the story and listen to it.
Just throw the following objective on the board, sit back, and listen to students mumble that there isn’t a full-length movie starring hotties in bikinis or hunks in speedos.
Lesson Plan with Objectives so Everyone Knows You’re not Just Killing Time by Listening to an Audio
Here’s a graphic organizer: Template Literary Interpretation T-Chart. At the very least, write one of these standards on the board.
- RL.9-10.7 – Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.
- RL.11-12.7 – Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text.
Your comparison might focus on point of view and dramatic elements. A comparison between students’ opinion of Leiningen after reading the story and after listening to the audio might work. Or it could focus on anything you want. You’re the professional in the room, after all.
Is There a Full-Length “Leiningen vs the Ants” Movie?
I’m glad you asked. There is. It was made in 1954 and is called “The Naked Jungle.” I tried to find it on YouTube. I would not recommend you do a YouTube search for “The Naked Jungle” on the screen in front of your class.
You’ll get several results your students might like and numerous parent phone calls. You won’t find the movie, though. I’m not sure where to get it. It is listed on IMDB.
How about “Leiningen vs the Ants” lesson plans.
I got free ones here that you’ll find useful.
I have an entire unit here that you’ll really find useful.