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  • 1. Using 21st Century Tools to Explore 19th Century Literature
    Mary Hillis
    TESOL 2011 New Orleans
  • 2. Context
    First year reading/writing course at a Japanese university
    Class meets for 90 minutes, two times per week
    One meeting in computer lab and one meeting in classroom
  • 3. 19th Century Literature
    Adapted Short Stories
    Cub Pilot’s Education by Mark Twain
    The Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Lady or the Tiger by Frank Stockton
  • 4. 21st Century Tools
  • 5. Web tools used
    Google Images
    Google Maps
    Discussion Board in Blackboard CMS
  • 6. Cub Pilot’s Education
  • 7. Assignment
    If the narrator were learning to be a pilot in the 21st century, he would most likely use Twitter to share his experiences with his friends and others. Create a series of tweets based on the story.
  • 8. Sample student work
  • 9. Sample of student work
  • 10. The Blue Carbuncle
  • 11. Pre-readingGoogle Images
  • 12. Pre-readingGoogle Maps
    Go to Google Maps
    Explore London and search for places related to Sherlock Holmes. Share your findings on the discussion board.
  • 13. Post-reading
    Write a one-paragraph diary entry for your character. Concentrate on your character’s thoughts and actions during the story, especially Part II. You should write as if you were the character, so use “I.”
  • 14. Sample student work
    I was surprised to hear that precious stone was found inside goose. It was the blue carbuncle which was stolen from the Countess of Morcar, according to the newspaper. I was very surprised again! Holmes and I started investigating the facts. We investigated some people, and traced criminal. Because the stone was returned, Holmes overlooked the criminal finally. Holmes shouted at the criminal, and he shot out of the room. I know the appearance isn't good, but it's Holmes kindness.
  • 15. The Lady or the Tiger
    Frank Stockton
  • 16. Assignment
    What do you think happened at the end of The Lady or the Tiger? Which came out of the door—the lady or the tiger? If you were the princess or the young man, how would you want the story to end?
    Write your idea on the discussion board; write at least one reply to a classmate.
  • 17. Sample student work
    “If I were the princess I would want him to survive. I cannot stand for being death my lover. However if I were the young man I would wanna fight with the tiger to get our happy life. I want them to be happy. It is difficult thing in this situation but I want this story to end happily.”
  • 18. Using 21st Century Tools to Explore 19th Century Literature
    All assignment sheets, links to artifacts and web tools can be found at