Westeros, the Series
So how can this factor into the classroom? Well, taking old stories and modernizing the setting happens all the time in movies. This, however, is different. We are not just taking the old story and retelling it, we are taking the old story and continuing it. So, students can write about the future generations of the families from Wuthering Heights, or Great Gatsby, or Dante's Inferno. What about the story of Captain Ahab's great, great, great, grandson? What happens to the kids from Lord of the Flies after they grow up?
Or you can scale back the time line and just do a what happens next sort of thing. Now it is time to let the students cut loose. Obviously one restriction would be that the character traits and feel of the original must be present in the new version. Descendant must be recognizable. How can students do this?
1. Story form (this is the simplest)
2. Put them in groups and have them story board out a trailer for it, much like this one for Westeros.
3. Put them in groups and have them record a trailer (I highly suggest you run this by your school librarian to see what audio//video resource you have).