Sunday, December 17, 2006

rape of the lock, sixteen candles, it's all the same

Last night, my kick-ass study group got together for a non-studying event. We had fun, because we're all fun people.

One of our study group members teaches high school English, including AP English. As you can imagine, she has some great student stories. Anyway, she was lamenting the fact that the AP kids are pretty dense. She had assigned "The Rape of the Lock" and students were grumbling along the lines of "what's the big deal, he cut off a lock of hair?" She went around and around with them, trying to get them to understand, and their wee high school brains just couldn't get it.

So she said "Look. You know the movie Sixteen Candles?"

"Yes," they said.

"You know the part when Farmer Ted held up the underwear and charged admission for all the little geek guys to see it?"

"Yes," they said.

"It's like that."

"Ohhhhhhhhhhh....." [general murmurings of understanding]

At which point they proceeded to all discuss "The Rape of the Lock," now understanding the big deal.

The moral of the story? Use Anthony Michael Hall whenever possible in your lectures.