Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Incorporating Media Into Online Literature Courses

For those teaching online literature courses, SNL Instructional Designer Nancy Morgan passed along Ten Fun Ways to Use YouTube Videos in an Online Literature Class from the website http://www.facultyfocus.com/.

The article offers ten suggestions of how Youtube videos can be used to supplement online class readings and discussions:

1. Poems that are read aloud by the poet.
Langston Hughes reads his poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers

2. Live performances of Shakespeare’s plays...
Or animated ones! View the first 10 minutes of Hamlet here.

3. Literary analysis of famous works.
An analysis of Mending Wall by Robert Frost.

4. Rare author interviews and biographies.
Steinbeck discusses writing Grapes of Wrath here. Meet author of Farenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, in this video.

5. Student performances of literary pieces.
Encourage your students to make and post their own videos!

6. Literary pieces performed in its native tongue.
Listen to Dante's Inferno in Italian.

7. Musical selections of many historical literary periods.
Listen to music from the Harlem Renaissance or from whatever era you are reading literature.

8. Radio productions of great American plays.
The radio world premiere of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.

9. Full length movies in 10 minute intervals of your favorite literary pieces.
Watch Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" speech here.

10. Audio book readings of a literary novel.
Listen to chapter 1 of Grapes of Wrath.

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