NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ926293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
"Survivor: Satis House"--Creating Classroom Community while Teaching Dickens in a Reality-TV World
Bucolo, Joe
English Journal, v100 n5 p29-32 May 2011
Engaging 9th grade students in contemporary reality-show parodies based on "Great Expectations," the author helps students explore the intricacies of Charles Dickens's novel. In "Stay Tuned for Our Next Episode: Teaching 'Great Expectations' in Installments," the author highlighted the benefits of teaching "Great Expectations" in installments, as the novel was originally published (Bucolo). This teaching strategy of studying one installment of Great Expectations each week for the entire school year offered myriad benefits, not the least of which was allowing his ninth-grade seminar students ample time to actually complete (and enjoy!) their reading assignments. To this day, the students still prefer this method of studying the novel. Studying the novel in installments turned the students' reading experience into one similar to watching a television series. Thus, the comparisons between the novel and the students' favorite TV shows seamlessly began to emerge. And the more personal connections the students made, the more engaged in the novel they became. Suddenly, reality-TV shows went from being a distraction from school work to being a support for it.
National Council of Teachers of English. 1111 West Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096. Tel: 877-369-6283; Tel: 217-328-3870; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A