Tagged with teaching parody

‘Twas the Night Before. . . . Once Again

‘Twas the Night Before. . . . Once Again

For me, one of the silly joys of the Christmas season is finding a new version of Clement Moore’s A Visit From St. Nicholas—or, to be more accurate, one of the many parodies of the famous poem. And now I get to share my joys, and some pre-holiday lesson options, with you. Last year I … Continue reading

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups

“Eat your vegetables!’ ‘Drink your milk!” “Don’t jump on the bed!” “But why?” David Wisniewskil had the answers and in The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups, he let us in on the secrets. This imaginative gem reminds us why his 2002 death was such a loss—and how he can continue to inspire. The book spoofs all … Continue reading

Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody

Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody

It may be the day before Halloween in the U.S., but it is never too late for a good parody. I’ve written before about how parodies can give students motivating and effective practice in analogical thinking, and this week I discovered a new one. Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic children’s book Madeline tells the story of twelve … Continue reading