Adapting and modernising

8 Nov

I can’t stop thinking about The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!  The idea of exploring characters’ personal responses to events depicted in classic literature fascinates me.  In fact, I am keen to implement a project inspired by The Lizzie Bennet Diaries in my own classes.

One option is to study Pride and Prejudice and ask students to craft a selection of vlog entries from other characters.  This could be used as the basis of appreciating that shared events would likely be represented and understood differently in light of variances in characters’ attitudes, perspectives and agendas.

Another option is to have students study a classic text and update the narrative for the modern-day.  The aim would be for students to select an event/events of interest and significance and relate that event in a way that would particularly resonate for modern audiences.  Students might, for example, elect to represent emotions and experiences through twitter, vlogging, tumblr or any other form of relevant social media.

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