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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Khan Academy and Les Miserables!

The movie Les Miserables will probably walk away with several Oscars.  For students who see it, there will probably be some gaps in the historical background to fully appreciate Hugo's novel, Les Miserables, on which the movie is based. 

Great movies are many times based on great novels.  Many high school students do not often see that connection.  Khan Academy has taken on Les Miserables to clarify which French Revolution the film is based on.  Students will be shocked at the number of uprisings which took place in France from 1789 to 1870.  Both English and world history teachers will appreciate this link as a source to scaffold this chapter of historical literature/history for their long-term English language learners.  The timelines and visuals will both provide that critical context needed to support their efforts at understanding the period. 

KHAN ACADEMY AND LES MISERABLES



Denise

ELL TEACHER PROS

2 comments:

  1. What a great project to take on. I look forward to hearing more about this process both from the perspective of the educators and your students!
    Michele Sanchez, Portland Maine

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    1. Thank you for your comment Michele. I have two history teachers who are interested in using it next month. As their instructional onsite coach, I will be supporting them all the way through.

      Denise:)

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