Look closely at Alice in Wonderland to see animals coming to life
Maria Johnson graduated with a degree in Humanities and Cultural Studies with Honors distinction. She primarily studied critical analysis of literature, specializing in Early Christian literature and Latin. Her research in literature has been published and presented at conferences. She has been teaching Latin and English online for over five years.
Uncover adventures by learning to read a text closely. You may know the story of Alice in Wonderland, but have you ever noticed all of her animal companions along the way? In this course, we’re exploring how Lewis Carroll used animals to create a fantasy world that delights readers.
This is a fun course focused on the basics of reading closely. When we read a book like Alice in Wonderland closely we can make all sorts of discoveries. Each week we will read 3 chapters of the text and see how Carroll brings animals to life. We will also compare the text with the Disney movie to see if we spot any differences.
This class is recommended for learners aged 7-12. Students should plan to read the entire book, though we will only discuss certain chapters and excerpts in class. We will sharpen our skills in information synthesis, comparison, contrast, and forming arguments. Students need the book and the Disney movie.
Learners have several options for final projects. Suggested projects include:
- Create your own animal story where your animals have quirky characteristics.
- Prepare a presentation that discusses the significance of one animal in the story as a whole.
- Draw your own comic strip applying your knowledge of Tenniel.
Sample Course Outline
This class has 8 meetings where we will be working to read Alice in Wonderland at a pace of 3 chapters per week. In the course of reading the book, we will discuss: comparing the movie to the book, real animals versus objects that become humans or animals, animals as objects, and not-real versus extinct animals. Students will flex their developing skills in literary analysis while reading about silly animals in a children’s book.
Animals in Wonderland is offered Summer 2019 and Fall 2019.