Monday, May 17, 2010

Great Books: Alice in Wonderland, Grade 1 Day 1

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

Today's Lesson:
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 (do you remember the vocabulary "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.
5. Watch the tea party scene in each movie
3. Compare the films with each other and with the book.

The first chapter of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland begins:
"ALICE was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'"

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