Lesson of the Day: Alice in Wonderland
Video of the Day: short clip from "The Matrix," and clips from the 2010 and 1951 "Alice in Wonderland" movies
1. Introduction to Alice in Wonderland, read through handout on book and author.
2. Watch a very short (30 seconds) clip from the Matrix where Morpheus says Neo "must be feeling a bit like Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole" and talk about how Alice in Wonderland is very often quoted or referenced (my students needed me to define "quote" and "reference").
3. Watch the scene where Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole in each movie, and discuss the differences.
4. Talk about the Mad Hatter, and how some Victorian hatters suffered from illness and madness caused by mercury poisoning.
1. Reading comprehension: Excerpt from the Mad Hatter and March Hare's tea party.
2. Watch the tea party scene in each movie
3. Compare the films with each other and with the book.
4. Watch the ending to both movies. Which ending do you prefer? Does one make you think Wonderland was a dream more than the other? What makes you think it was real or a dream?
"In that direction," the Cat said, waving its right paw round, "lives a Hatter: and in that direction," waving the other paw, "lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad."
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat. "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be, said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."