• Childhood Through the Looking-Glass

    Created October 7, 2010
    Childhood Through the Looking-Glass

    Students explore Lewis Carroll’s imaginative visions of childhood, captured in his photography and in the words and art of his Alice in Wonderland stories. Students also compare and contrast Carroll’s Victorian view of childhood to that of Romantic poet and printer William Blake.

  • Childhood Through the Looking-Glass: Activity 2

    Created October 7, 2010
  • A Trip to Wonderland: Sizing Up Alice

    Created September 30, 2010
  • Practical Criticism

    Created September 24, 2010
    Practical Criticism

    Conduct an experiment in literary interpretation with little-known specimens of Victorian verse.

  • A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery 'Alice'

    Created September 24, 2010
    A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery 'Alice'

    This lesson explores elements of wonder, distortion, fantasy, and whimsy in Lewis Carroll's adaptation for younger readers of his beloved classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

  • Launchpad: 'You Kiss by the Book'

    Created September 23, 2010
  • Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": 'You Kiss by the Book'

    Created September 23, 2010
    Kiss by the Book: Romeo and Juliet

    Learn how Shakespeare used the sonnet tradition to enhance his stagecraft by performing a scene from this timeless tragedy.

  • Beatrix Potter's Naughty Animal Tales

    Created September 10, 2010
    Beatrix Potter's Naughty Animal Tales

    Through studying Beatrix Potter's stories and illustrations from the early 1900s and learning about her childhood in Victorian England, students can compare/contrast these with their own world to understand why Potter wrote such simple stories and why she wrote about animals rather than people.

  • Hamlet Meets Chushingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy

    Created September 7, 2010
    Hamlet Meets Chushingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy

    This lesson sensitizes students to the similarities and differences between cultures by comparing Shakespearean and Bunraku/Kabuki dramas. The focus of this comparison is the complex nature of revenge explored in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Chushingura, or the Treasury of the Loyal Retainers.