Friday, December 14, 2012

Movies = Literature?

Love this blog from Education Week regarding using movies to teach literary analysis.

I am a hardcore, traditional reader. I think kids should read, often and widely, stuff they love and stuff they don't love, to get practice with not only the discipline of finishing and understanding a text but also to be exposed to a wider worldview. Not every student agrees with me, and many teachers get sick of trying to make it happen.

There is a middle ground: use movies to get them into the skills, then transfer to literature. Easy-peasy.

I like to think that education is like climbing Mt. Everest. There is more than one way to the top, some more difficult than others, but they all reach the same point. If we can teaching lterary analysis skills with less danger of falling into a crevasse, why not?

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