I'm sitting here on a Sunday evening, and watching, "The Wizard of Oz". It reminded me that several of my 8th graders argued over who was going to be able to check out the original Wizard of Oz stories from my classroom a few years back. They'd all seen the movie, and all wanted to read the real story. What other timeless stories have captured the interest and enthusiasm of your students?
There are so many classics the students of today are discovering for themselves and reading in a new context with 21st century eyes....its heartening to see the C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia rejuvenated - that fantastic world and mythic creatures along with the lessons of life opened to this generation of children in the ongoing string of films as well as the books.
Looking to the release of the latest episode of the film saga, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in early December, EDSITEment has just created a feature which takes students Beyond the Wardrobe! http://188.8.131.52/chronicles-edsitement-beyond-wardrobe to provide addtional ways to engage their creative imaginations!!
Hello, While i am not an educator by trade - I am a mother by luck! MANY years ago, i read 'Where the red fern grows" the book to this day is far from gone in my memory. I can still re-count the story from begining to end to my kids (which they enjoy hearing) ... and i only read it once in 4th grade!
On our movie nights - My kids love watching older movies like:
- The Sandlot (all four)
- Stand by me
- Christmas Story
I'm not a classroom educator, and my "childhood" was embarrasingly recent, but I was tickled pink to hear that my neice is reading the American Girls books. I loved American Girls when I was younger (especially Felicity, who lived during the American Revolution), so it was fun to compare opinions with my neice who prefers Samantha (from the early 1900s).
Being a mystery fan, I grew up loving the Nancy Drew series. My mother even owned some hardbacks from her generation. My younger daughter also loves mysteries and enjoyed Nancy Drew books as she was growing up. She added many volumes to the collection I already owned. I have been happy to see that in the middle school library where I volunteer, Nancy Drew books are on the shelves and checked out often. It's amazing how many books exist in that series today. Incidentally, the Hardy Boys books still seem equally popular with the boys.
How about those Dr. Seuss books! As a little girl, I would read Green Eggs and Ham over and over and laugh at the silly illustrations. Now my 2 daughters enjoy reciting his books and my 19 month old watches Dr. Seuss on PBS. I was so excited when they created a cartoon with the Cat and the Hat:)
I love the older books and movies but...I think just like anything, if we model/show passion for something and choose to share it with our kids then they in turn love it as well. I find this more often than not. I know the same thing has happened with myself and my parents.
Because they tend to be free in ebook format, I recently reread a number of classics from my childhood. (Bear in mind that I am kind of old, lol.) One of my favorites was George MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind. As a young teen, I remember feeling a profound love for the angelic but sickly little protagonist Diamond.
I also loved all the Beatrix Potter books and Peter Pan. Another book that I recently reread was Pollyanna. I was afraid that it would seem a bit trite to me, but I LOVED it. Again, a very uplifting message.
When my children were small, my husband and I would read chapter books to them at bedtime. We continued this tradition well past the age that they were capable of reading the books for themselves because they loved it so.