With the recent widely-anticipated box office release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, we think it’s the perfect time to introduce students to Lewis Carroll’s classics. Burton’s movie is a continuation of Carroll’s tale that takes place when Alice is transitioning into adulthood. Read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass—both available unabridged from Recorded Books—to get the background story on the real Alice (not just the one in the Disney® movie!).
Use the excerpts and lesson plans below to introduce students to this classic text while covering important strategies and standards. For use with Grade 6 and up. To download files, right click and ‘save as.’
AUDIO: Jabberwocky, narrated by John McDonough
Listen online (To download, right click above link and ‘save as.’)
• Jabberwocky: Students will learn about poetry and portmanteau.
• The Walrus and the Carpenter: Students will analyze a poem using background information.
Have you discussed Alice in Wonderland with your students? Students who enjoy Carroll’s work may also enjoy Victorian authors like Oscar Wilde. Share what you’re doing in your own classroom!
We hope you’re all enjoying a much-deserved break from the classroom for a while. Here are a few links to check out while you’re lounging on the couch drinking hot cocoa (or frantically working on lesson plans for January!).
Help Santa stuff teachers’ stockings with audiobooks and get a free download in our holiday game from last year.
Check out some public domain audiobooks at Librivox. These are audio recordings done by amateur volunteers of public domain texts. Lots of cool archaic stuff to be had, plus all the public domain classics.
Follow us on twitter! Recorded Books K-12, Plugged-in, and The BookJam are all on twitter. Follow, say hello, and I promise to return the favor. You’ll get advance notice of any freebies we offer or contests we have, plus audiobook and education news and an inside track to RB!
You can also check out the free audio downloads and lesson plans we offered last year for a few spooky stories: Dracula vs Grampa at the Monster Truck Spectacular, The Story of Ichabod Crane, and Frankenstein.
And don’t forget that there’s still time to enter our ePrep giveaway! Tell us (on that post, not this one!) why your school needs SAT/ACT prep and you can win 25 seats in this great new test prep and data analytics program.
Contest close. Congratulations to winner Nikki Coates! Stay tuned for next month’s contest.It’s September—and that means it’s back to school for students and teachers all over the country! Sure, summer is over, but we’ve got a giveaway to help you beat the blues!
We’re giving away a copy of Newbery Medal Winner Dear Mr. Henshaw to one lucky teacher or librarian. Leigh Botts is inspired by the author of his favorite book when the two begin writing letters back and forth. It begins with a school project, but Leigh ends up using his correspondence with Mr. Henshaw—and the diary Mr. Henshaw encouraged him to keep—as a way to work through the challenges he faces during the school year. Leave a comment on this post telling who inspired you—a teacher you had as a child, an author or celebrity, or a parent of friend—and how. We’ll randomly pick one commenter to win a copy of Dear Mr. Henshaw on CD. See the end of this post for complete rules. Don’t forget than an RB Teacher’s Guide is available for this title for only $1.25!
“Dear Mr. Henshaw, I wasn’t going to answer any more of your questions, but Mom won’t get the TV repaired because she says it was rotting my brain. This is Thanksgiving vacation and I am so bored I decided to answer a couple of your rotten questions with my rotten brain. (Joke.) Your pooped reader, Leigh Botts” —from Dear Mr. Henshaw
When Leigh Botts was in the second grade, he wrote a thank you letter to Boyd Henshaw, the author of his favorite book, Ways to Amuse a Dog. In the 6th grade, Leigh writes to Mr. Henshaw again with a list of questions he needs answered for a class assignment on authors. To Leigh’s irritation, Mr. Henshaw not only refuses to answer his questions in time to complete the assignment, but he sends back a list of his own questions to Leigh instead. That marks the beginnings of a very unusual correspondence, between a lonely boy trying to cope with his parents’ divorce, and a wise author who gives him a means of changing his life forever.
Leave a comment below (be sure to enter a valid email address, or we won’t be able to contact you if you win!) sharing a story about someone who inspired you and how they inspired you or why they were such an inspiration.
Tweet (we’re @recordedbooks) or blog about the contest and you can leave a second comment linking to your tweet or post—you’ll get another contest entry. Spread the word!
Again, be sure you leave a valid email address with your comment so we can contact you. If you’re picked as a winner and we can’t contact you, the prize will got to the next winner. (You don’t need to re-nter your address within the body of the comment, though. Just be sure it’s in the form when you leave your comment.)
Comments will be assigned a number (first commenter is #1, second is #2, etc). Winners will be picked by random.org according to comment number.
Drawing will be held on September 11, 2009 at 12:00PM Eastern time. Winners will be contacted by email to get mailing information. The winner will receive one copy the following title on CD: Dear Mr. Henshaw.