To help your students keep track of the plot during the four-hour film and to focus their viewing, you may want to have them keep a viewing journal of some kind. You can use one of the following formats or try one of your own.
1. After each viewing session, have students spend five minutes writing down observations or plot summaries. Have students pay particular attention to crisis points. Before the next viewing, ask volunteers to read their entries.
2. To help compare and contrast the main characters, divide journal pages into four columns and track the parallel plot developments:
3. Make a page for each character as he or she is introduced. During or after each episode, have students note the important events that happen to the characters, including conflicts, climaxes, and resolutions that affect them. They could also do this journal in two columns: students can record specific events in the left-hand column and their observations, interpretations, and analysis of the relevance of each event in the right, particularly in contrast to other characters.
4. After viewing, students can use their journals to create a Chain of Events graphic organizer:
They may want to create two separate chains of events, one for Levin and Kitty and one for Anna and Vronsky, which they then use to compare and contrast the development, progress, and resolution of each relationship.
Students can also review the "Who's Who" section to help them keep track of the characters.
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