Discussing how to teach Jane Austen in the digital era through a meme essay.
These days you tell a student that they’re going to read something from before their time period and they have a minor heart attack. But there’s more to Jane Austen than 18th century language and ballroom dancing.
It’s shocking right?! But when you think about it, what’s missing is that hook to make the reading engaging in an age when we’d rather have our nose stuck in a phone rather than a book.
Teaching was never meant to be easy – so get ready to think outside the box! If you want to teach classic literature to our current generation, that means creativity and thinking in the digital age.
Often we think we have to create full reenactments of certain scenes as the students read, BUT why not try something new?! Student’s love seeing memes used in the classroom, so why not let them use their own?!
The 21st Century student LOVES social media…so why not let them use it to YOUR advantage?! Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr can all be used as unique teaching tools in the classroom.
Students love binge watching on YouTube – so let them add their own video to the website! Some video ideas could include book trailers, reenactments of scenes from the book, book reviews, etc.
This is an introduction to a new way of teaching in the classroom. So don’t just depend on what you find online. Part of being a teacher is using your creativity in your lesson plans, so get creative and come up with your own ideas! It’s all about trial and error.
When your student’s are enjoying what they’re learning, the process becomes so much easier for you! So don’t drag your feet to class every day – try something new and you’ll find yourself singing to the birds and skipping in the imaginary fields on your way to school.
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