THE SIMPSONS IN THE CLASSROOM: EMBIGGENING THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH THE WISDOM OF SPRINGFIELD by Karma Waltonen and Denise Du Vernay (McFarland)
It’s easier to engage students when the topic is fun and familiar, and what could be more fun and familiar than The Simpsons? The show has been on the air for over 20 years, so nearly every current student grew up with it. The book focuses primarily on the humanities and has in-depth chapters focused on composition, linguistics, literature, culture and society, and satire and postmodernism. The sample lesson plans and detailed episode list should help teachers quickly find something that will work with specific lessons. It’s also well written and fun to read; I’m not a teacher, but I closely read more than half the book before skimming the rest.
A practical, useful, and engaging book for teachers.
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