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2 My handouts will be available on my website: * * * Please feel free to contact me with any questions:

3 It addresses universal dilemmas or concernsIt addresses universal dilemmas or concerns It stands the test of timeIt stands the test of time It has a unique beauty and structure [literary merit] that causes it to endureIt has a unique beauty and structure [literary merit] that causes it to endure (Tighe and Avinger) WHAT MAKES A WORK A CLASSIC ?

4 A classic: Something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. – Mark Twain

5 THINK OUTSIDE THE ANTHOLOGY Supplement, supplement, supplement!

6 THE STORYS THE THING... Focus on the plot

7 Read Aloud THOU SHALT NOT IS SOON FORGOTTEN, BUT ONCE UPON A TIME LASTS FOREVER. PHILIP PULLMAN

8 IF YOURE SMART YOU CAN GET THE JOKE Utilize Pop Culture

9 GENERATION Y -- THE VISUAL MEDIA GENERATION Use Videos

10 A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS Use Famous Artwork Ophelia by JW WaterhouseSatan Falls by Gustave DoreJim Hawkins fights Israel Hands by NC Wyeth

11 RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES APPROACH Connect Stories to Current Events

12 HEROES, FAIRIES, & GHOSTS, OH MY! Use Folk Literature

13 MUSIC SOOTHES THE SAVAGE BEAST Use Music

14 CREATE TEXT SETS/CLUSTERS

15 Sample Text Set for Treasure Island Treasure Island Illustrated Classic Into the Mountains of the Moon: Robert Louis Stevenson from Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Discs One and Two) Ghost Ships Mermaid Folklore N.C. Wyeth artwork Pirate Lore Pirate Vocabulary Sea Songs and Shanties Create your own Treasure Map

16 TIRED OF THE BOOK REPORT? LET STUDENTS CHOOSE HOW TO RESPOND Text sets Predicting Persona writing Hands-on art projects Multimedia assignments Reader-Response Journals Multigenre research papers Letters to or from a character

17 DONT BECOME THIS TEACHER …

18 Making serious literature fun is blasphemous! Making serious literature fun is blasphemous! Using alternative texts makes the literature too easy and dumbs down the curriculum. Using alternative texts makes the literature too easy and dumbs down the curriculum. The original version of a text is the only good/right version. The original version of a text is the only good/right version. Teaching literature does not involve thinking outside the box. Teaching literature does not involve thinking outside the box.


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