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The Legend of Sleepy

Hollow v. The Hollow


Short Story versus Movie Constructed Response
Prompt: Use what you have learned from reading The Legend
of Sleepy Hollow by Irving and watching The Hollow to write a
constructed response that provides an analysis of how the
movie transforms The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. As a
starting point, you may want to consider how the plot and setting are
represented, details that are emphasized, absent, or different in the two forms
of the story. *Hint: Use the title and authors name in your response, and
anything you know from your notes on Dark Romantic literature.
Develop your paragraph by providing textual evidence from both texts. Be
sure to follow the conventions of standard English.
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow v. The


Hollow
Short Story versus Movie Constructed Response
By Julie Faulkner, 2013
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Suggestions for use: Best for grades 11-12. After reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, viewing The
Hollow is a fun way to celebrate Halloween and cover some standards! The Hollow Starring Kevin
Zegers, Nick Carter and Kaley Cuoco (2005) can be purchased from Amazon.com or rented from
Netflix. When the movie was TV several years ago, it was rated TV-13. When it was transferred
to DVD it became rated R. There are a few inappropriate words and some scary scenes as you
would expect from TLSH. There is no nudity or gore in the version I have. As always, it would be
best to preview it first to see if you think it would work for your students.
Common Core Links:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas,
concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of
content.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.
(Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)
Suggested Answer:
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving is a short story written in the Dark Romantics
period. Recently, the story was remade into a movie called The Hollow, which transformed the plot. The
largest transformation of the original story onto the big screen was that of the setting. In the original story,
the setting was in the 1800s, while the movie updated the setting to the twenty-first century. Also, in the
movie, some of the characters were renamed to sound similar to Irvings original names. For example, the
protagonist in the short story was named Ichabod, where as in the movie, the protagonist was named Ian
Cranston. The plot, elements of fear, and the characterization remain the same. Even though it was high
school students, there was still the nerdy guy trying to get the girl away from the popular jocky guy.
Only in The Hollow, the outcast archetype gets the girl. Also, not only were the teenagers living the plot of
the short story in a mirror world, but they were studying this piece of gothic fiction in class as well.
Therefore, even though the movie had modernized the setting and the characters names, the plot of the
original was honored.
*Pumpkin Clip Art by Blair Turner
*Digital Paper by Hands on Teacher
Related Projects:
Cute Pumpkin Venn Diagram for note taking during viewing:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CompareContrast-Pumpkin-Shaped-Venn-Diagram-forFallHalloween-356563
Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Paired Info Text Questions:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Legend-of-Sleepy-Hollow-Paired-Informational-TextArticle-Questions-348167

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