“Lather and Nothing Else” Movie Lesson Plan

The only thing better than teaching a high interest short story is teaching a high interest short story that’s been made into a movie.

I strongly advise you watch this video before you show it to your class. There is a violent scene toward the end that may be too much for some. It was too much for me. I’m kind of sensitive to those things, though.

If you have students who speak Spanish, they will be treated to swearing at the 6:22 mark. The English subtitle has been edited out in this version.

As you know, I would never encourage my colleagues to show a movie without having a legitimate lesson plan with legitimate objectives.

Here’s the assignment handout. It’s self-explanatory. This is one of those lessons that’s easy to teach, entertaining for the kids, and actually involves practicing and mastering skills and standards.

Don’t forget to 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.
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