Appropriation and Adaptation


Class Activity

Like the story of the Three Little Pigs in the Guardian film above, the following stories have a rich history of adaptation and appropriation. Choose one title each and spend a few minutes tracing the timeline. In most cases, the title is neither the start or end of the line of adaptation, so try to go forward and backwards in time as far as you can. You’ll be amazed at how many adaptations you’ll be able to find, often across many different genre types:

  • Disney’s Cinderella
  • George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion
  • Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds
  • Jane Austen’s Emma

Learner Portfolio

Take a classic story and remediate it (as the makers of the Three Little Pigs advert above did). Write it as a diary entry, or a newspaper report, or even as a series of tweets. Use your imagination to come up with an effective modern take on the traditional ‘story’ text. Add your new text to your Learner Portfolio.


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