Scholars will look at the concept of monsters in children’s literature and television, and they will also read the second half of part I of The Metamorphosis.
Today we’re going to start out by listening to the second half of part I of The Metamorphosis and then talk about monsters in some other media. When we last left Gregor, he had just gotten out of bed and was about to work his way out of his room and try to get to work. Let’s see what happens today…
…Well, that was weird, wasn’t it? Anyway, we’ll of course continue with Gregor later on, but for now how about swapping gears and talking about some other monsters? The video we watched today is a famous children’s story that you’ve all probably read – or if not, you’ve seen it now! But just to reiterate, let’s get six volunteers up here to perform the story! Whoo! Give ‘em a round of applause!
After our lovely acting performs the Wild Things, we’re going to look at a couple of other famous children’s monsters – Grover and Cookie Monster!
So, obviously we have a lot of monsters made for kids today. Wild Things and Muppets are both obviously set up for little children to watch, and obviously not intended to scare. So…what’s up with this? I would like you to think about and discuss this in a paragraph. Yep, a paragraph. Write and turn in one paragraph of 7-10 sentences that answers the following question:
–>Why do you think children’s shows and books choose to use “monstrous” characters such as the monsters on Sesame Street and the Wild Things in Where the Wild Things Are?
Turn in your paragraph and tell me who your favorite monster is
Students will be graded for their paragraphs as well as for their participation in class discussions and in performing Where the Wild Things Are.
Different learning styles are used in the presentation of different types of monsters. Various reading levels from children’s picture books through college+ level reading of Kafka allow for challenging and accessible texts for all students.