Standards and requirements vary by district. This project satisfies the requirements of New Haven Public Schools for Comparative Literary Analysis through adaptation of a book, as well as requirements (again varying, in this case school by school) for independent reading.
These strategies and activities also satisfy Common Core State Standards as follows:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.3 Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
Students will discuss the choices of both original author, and then director of the corresponding films.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.6 Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
Through studying the impact of updating a story to a musical or comedy, students will explore many different aspects of communication and language.
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.
This is self-evident in that students will be studying direct interpretations of stories through their film adaptations.