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ERIC Number: ED464326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 6
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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
Vogt, Martin
Language arts teachers have usually restricted themselves to showing video interpretations of novels or filmed renderings of Shakespeare's plays, for fear of being labeled as that "person who shows movies." But film can be used as a "bridge" to other works of literature, i.e., terms, devices. For example, if the teacher wants students to gain greater insights into the component of the hero on the journey, why not have them first study "Star Wars"? Or use the film "The Natural" for teaching numerous literary components. It is a marvelous tool, abundant with examples, for teaching irony--verbal, situational, dramatic--starting with the characters' names (Max Mercy, Iris Lemon, etc.) through to the final scene where the hero (Roy) essentially comes up to bat against himself. There is also "Field of Dreams," a tremendous tool for teaching the hero's quest itself, and especially valuable in teaching allegory. Teaching thesis is always an integral part of any English curriculum. A series of Dr. Seuss videos is available which can be used effectively to move the students from recognition of theme to development of thesis. A recent release, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou," establishes in its opening credits its relationship to Homer's "Odyssey." Each year more and more films are being released that have some degree of correlation with the "classics" of literature. Opportunities for finding relevant materials are limited only by the imagination of the instructor. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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