Monday, March 23, 2015

Wisecrack's ThugNotes Series

Sometimes students need things explained to them in words with which they are comfortable and familiar. A great supplementary resource for such students is Wisecrack's Youtube series ThugNotes.

I mentioned ThugNotes briefly in another post last week. Even though the language is . . . questionable . . . for use in the actual classroom, ThugNotes can be a great asset for students who struggle to understand basic comprehension or analyses of literature texts.

The host of the series is Sparky Sweets, Ph.D., a.k.a. actor/comedian Greg Edwards. What I especially like about the series is the way Sparky Sweets uses laymen, urban vernacular to explain complicated ideas in over fifty complex literary texts.

In addition to summarizing and analyzing good ole' fashion literature like Fyodor Dostoevsky's Notes from UndergroundDante Alighieri's Inferno, and Toni Morrison's Beloved, Dr. Sweets also does critical analyses of modern fiction like E.L. James's 50 Shades of Gray as well as an interesting comparison analysis between the film The Dark Knight and Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Grand Inquisitor.

A lot of students start to tune teachers out once they hear the words "literature" or "analysis." In addition to being entertaining to watch, each ThugNotes video averages about five minutes, which is the perfect time length for apathetic students or those with short attention spans.

Get a feel for ThugNotes by watching some of the videos below.

William Shakespeare's Macbeth:

Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland:

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein:

Questions or comments about ThugNotes or similar resources? Leave me a message below.

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