The Simpsons in Education
Having trouble getting your students to relate to classic literature? Try the Simpsons approach!! The animated TV series "The Simpsons" has created parodies and satires of many pieces of canonized literature. So, the next time your students need a humorous connection to what they're reading, find the episode that works best...
There's a Simpsons Episode for That!!!
Macbeth- “Four Great Women and a Manicure”, Season 20 Episode 20
Hamlet- “Do the Bard Man”, Season 13 Episode 14
Bridge to Terabithia- “Lisa the Drama Queen”, Season 20 Episode 9
Edgar Allan Poe:
“The Raven”- “Treehouse of Horror I”, Season 2 Episode 3
The Tell-Tale Heart – “Lisa’s Rival”, Season 6 Episode 2
The Lord of the Flies- “Das Bus”, Season 9 Episode 14
A Christmas Carol- “Tis the Fifteenth Season”, Season 15 Episode 7
“Leaves of Grass”- “The Squirt and the Whale”, Season 21 Episode 19
The Grapes of Wrath- “The Crepes of Wrath”, Season 1 Episode 11
Tom Saywer- “Simpsons Tall Tales”, Season 12 Episode 21
Hanzel and Gretel- “Treehouse of Horror XI”, Season 12 Episode 1
The Iliad- “D’oh Brother Where Art Thou”, Season 13 Episode 14
MORE LESSONS FROM "THE SIMPSONS"...
Literary Elements for Analysis
- Plot Line (Introduction, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution)
- Conflict (Person vs.---self, person, society, fate, nature)
Literary Devices for Analysis:
Cross-Content Material & Discussion Topics:
- Current Events
- National & Regional References
- Cultural References
- Historical References
- Mythological References
- Religious References
- Equal Rights
- Sports References
- Musical References
- Political References
- Environmental Issues
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