Who needs to read and write
When you can dance and sing?
Forget about your algebra
You can always do your homework
On the morning bus
Can't tell a verb from a noun
They're the nicest kids in town
GO SEE THE NEW "HAIRSPRAY" MOVIE! I have, twice, in the past week. Tuesday I saw it with my 6 year old daughter G, and we both loved it so much I bought the soundtrack. We've been singing along for 3 days, and last night we took D. to see the SING ALONG version, which just means the lyrics are on the screen. Since there were only a dozen people in the stadium seating theater, I could only hear me and G sing along. It was a blast! Even better to laugh with someone who got all the jokes. Favorite joke is a sight gag: Tracy waltzes into smoke-filled faculty room in her school, during song "I can hear the bells". Favorite punch line: "Link, the pork is ready!" Favorite actor: Travolta, hands down. Before I say too much, JUST GO SEE IT!
Seriously, I'm already plotting how to use the movie in class. Literary terms: "I can hear the bells" teaches METAPHORS (I tried to explain boxing to G), IRONY (see lyrics above). Themes of racial prejudice, racial integration, doing the right thing, don't snooze in school...
I love using movies in class, usually just clips to suit my lesson goals (leading to endless student complaints). I would love to teach a film literacy course some day. Some movies I've used: Napoleon Dynamite, The Truman Show (super connections to novel The Giver), High School Musical (they can sing along, but they don't know what "status quo" means), School of Rock. Others I want to use but never have time to incorporate: Whale Rider, Seabiscuit. Anyone have good suggestions?