“The Interlopers”: Movie and Lesson Plan

Who needs an “Interlopers” summary when you have two different “Interlopers” movies to watch? The latter of these two masterpieces provides a better summary.

OK, still no cable. But YouTube is working fine!

Today I bring you “The Interlopers” movie. Calling it a movie is a bit of a stretch. It’s barely 10 minutes long.  Our first movie is not very good. It is, however, short enough to kill…errr….help you make use of 10 minutes of class time. I even included a lesson plan at the bottom of the page that provides actual students an actual opportunity for actual higher level thinking.

Oh, I have a bunch of “Interlopers” lesson plans too.

Other than “damn” at the 2:42 mark, there’s nothing here to worry about.

The second option contains some of the worst acting ever and great unintentional comedy. The setting captures the essence of the story much better.

Other than your students saying, “Damn! That’s some bad acting!” and Znayem cursing the “damn branches” at the 6:22 mark, there’s nothing to worry about here.

Teaching Irony in "The Interlopers"

Fend off the wolves of mediocrity with this great “Interlopers” teaching guide. It contains lesson plans, graphic organizers, rubrics, a quiz, and more.

Perhaps you’re wondering how you could turn this into a lesson plan involving ELA Common Core standards?

Do it with a Template Literary Interpretation T-Chart.

  • As you’re reading or after you’ve read "The Interlopers” list 6-10 things in the left column that are important to the story.
  • As you watch the video, Write how those 6-10 things are portrayed in the video.
  • If you’re really interested in continuing the learning, do a basic comparison paragraph with a judgment on how accurately the film portrays the short story.

Don’t forget to write one of these standards on the board in case a wolfish administrator stops by

  • 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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  1. You had me at “Wolfish Administrator.”

  2. Trenton Lorcher says

    Although I’ve had pretty good ones throughout the years, there have been a few wolfish ones. In the name of job security, I’ll not give names for fear of ending up like Ulrich.