Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite story-tellers. I’ve been composing a lesson plan to read and study her recent story Stone Mattress (which is a great story, btw). I decided to browse some of her interviews and I just can’t stop watching them. She’s smart and educated, we all knew that, what’s more, she’s witty and she uses that deadpan voice, it’s so cool. When I’m old, I want to be like her (yep, a published and internationally acclaimed writer 😉
Today I came across another useful and amusing YouTube channel called Mental Floss. In this episode John Green is telling us 29 fun facts about desserts (never mentioning that it’s the word ‘stressed’ spelled backwards!) — a great video to show when teaching food. You could ask students to write down all the desserts names they hear and at least five facts each, making a competition who catches the most.
And this is the guitarist numerous times mentioned in my favorite Nocturnes by Kadzuo Ishiguro. I love such vivid literature illustrations 🙂 I generally think it’s a great idea to listen to songs mentioned in the novels I like, look at the pictures, retrace the travel maps. Hey folks, we’re so lucky to have the Internet.
Since I’m teaching at the faculty of philology, I usually try to give my students some insight into history. Brigit Viney’s The History of English (OUP, Stage 4, 1400 words, appropriate for pre-int) is very nice and clear. It summarizes the history of English without stuffing up the readers with long scientific words, which is sooo valuable when teaching young adults:)
This documentary, on the other hand, does tend to be a little boring, but it’s got landscapes, ancient scrolls, and attempts to speak in Old English, so, could be a great material for a cosy and sleepy follow-up lesson if you lack preparation time:)
Here’s John Green explaining the mysteries of Great Gatsby in about 20 minutes, recommended both the Green’s and Fitzgerald’s fans (and, of course, students who don’t give a damn but have to write a paper) Also, it’s got subtitles, you lazy whiners!))
The Crash Course Literature also provides a cool analysis of Romeo and Juliet, Catcher in the Rye and some other classics.
John Green is cute and smart, too, just like his characters )