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The Hound of the Baskervilles Final Project

Now that we are finished the novel you will be showing your comprehension of plot and
character through a movie poster assignment.
Your mission: You will create an original adaptation of the novel, The Hound of the
Baskervilles. You will write a synopsis of your adaptation, similar to a synopsis on the back of a
novel. You will create a movie poster, similar to that of the posters in movie theaters. Lastly you
will present your poster and read your synopsis to the class.
* Synopsis: The blurb of words on the back of the novel that summarizes what it is about
without giving away the ending. It hooks the audience to want to read the novel (or watch
the film in the case of a movie trailer)
Steps:
1. Think of the way you are going to adapt the novel into an imaginary film.
2. Decide what actors you would use. How will characters be portrayed and which ones
would you include and exclude from the novel.
3. Decide what the setting will be. What time period would it be? The same as the novel,
around 1900? Or the 30s, 80s, or even present day?
4. Write a synopsis that tells the reader what it will be about, but do not give away the
ending! Include a closing sentence that hooks the audience.
5. Ensure your synopsis (paragraph) has a topic sentence, details of setting, characters,
and plot, as well as a closing sentence.
6. Draw a film poster that includes the actors you are using, your name as the producer or
director and the date it will be released. Draw pictures or design it in a way that
represents what your film adaptation would be about.

Your Checklist:
Did I adapt the novel?
Did I use actors from the real world and adapt characters?
Did I include setting on my poster and in my synopsis?
Is the film poster visually pleasing?
Did I summarize my adaptation in a way that tells the audience what it is about without
giving away the ending?
Did I proof-read my paragraph and ensure it is free of errors?
Did I hook the audience?
Is my name on it?
Am I prepared to present my poster and read my synopsis to the class?



Example:
The Novel The Lightning Thief was written in 2005 by Rick Riordan and then adapted into a
film in 1939 directed by Victor Fleming.
Novel Synopsis:
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his
troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking
straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's
angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime
suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring
peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more
than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the
riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more
powerful than the gods themselves.
The Film Poster of The Lightning Thief.

*Notice:
The Film Poster
includes; the
setting, the main
characters, the film
title, and the actors
names, and release
date.

Name:

Marking Guide
Synopsis- 2.2 Respond to Texts: discuss various ways characters are developed and the reasons for and
plausibility of character change
The synopsis is of an adaptation of the novel. /1
There is a topic sentence, supporting details and a closing sentence. /3
The synopsis describes the characters, setting and plot. /3
The synopsis hooks the audience in the closing sentence. /1
The synopsis is free of spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation errors. /2

Total: /10

Film Poster- 2.4 Create original Texts: create oral, print and other media texts with both main and minor
characters
The Poster includes a title, actors names, release date, students name as director/producer. /3
The Poster includes the setting. /2
The Poster appeals to the audience with attention to detail and is visually pleasing. /3
The Poster is complete and represents the adaptation of the novel. /2

Total: /10

Presentation- 3.4 Share and Review: integrate appropriate visual, print and/or other media to inform and engage
the audience
The Presenter is prepared and confident while speaking. /2
The Presenter speaks with good volume, pace and maintains eye contact with the audience. /3

Total: /5