Sunday, 22 November 2009

Great resource for English teachers?

60 Second Recap: Every week, Jenny Sawyer, the host on this site, offers up the “inside insight” on a new book, a classic work of literature, and boils it all down to a handful of 60 second video recaps. It's a US site, but you'll recognise the books, for example, Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird. Here's an example of how it works: the thumbnail for Lord of the Flies offers "Famous for: The Beast, a talking pig’s head on a stake, a horrific descent into chaos and savagery." Clicking on the link reveals a brief text summary and ten 60-second videos of Jenny's ideas entitled:
  1. A teaser trailer
  2. The overview
  3. The plot
  4. Meet the cast
  5. Simon
  6. Motifs
  7. Symbols
  8. Themes
  9. About the protagonist
  10. In conclusion
She's very enthusiastic - will that enthuse your students in turn?

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