See, this is why my students need to be readers who can apply text-to-world critical thinking to our classroom and the world at large.
Take for example, the inimitable actor Woody Harrelson, most famous for being Woody on Cheers but also pretty well known for a heck of a lot of other quite solid — and not so solid — movies he’s done.
White Man Can’t Jump… big thumbs up!
Money Train… big thumbs down!
Anyway, Woody admits getting into a physical confrontation with a paparazzi a few days ago. But he had a good reason. And I quote…
“I quite understandably mistook [the photographer] for a zombie.”
Yep, he really said this. And he also said this…
“I wrapped a movie called ‘Zombieland,’ in which I was constantly under assault by zombies, then flew to New York, still very much in character,” Harrelson said in a statement issued Friday by his publicist.
Now if my students were actual readers of the news — any news; The NY Times, The AP wire, FOX or MTV (those last 2 are kinda the same) — they could build a text-to-world connection that could easily get them out of their homework for the night.
I mean if I had a kid come into my class and tell me that “…while scouring the Washington Post for the latest political insight into world economic fiduciary policy they ran across this brief but salient human interest story about Woody Harrelson and then — whodda thunk it — alien zombies ate their HW assignement and there was simply no way Mr. Alan that it could ever be replaced.
And so, I should give them full credit yet not require to see the actual work.”
I’d go for it.
Text-to-World connections. If only our kids could see how valuable what we perpetually advise really could be to their lives.