Literary Tours for Students: Educational Literature Trips and Travel
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Bring your students the magic of literature in the classroom. Then, transport them to where that magic came to life. What the authors saw, what the authors experienced, and where the authors were when they wrote their most famous, influential works can be a window into more than the works of literature themselves; they are windows into the lives of the people the books are about or were inspired by. Visiting the locales where great novels were penned and where they took place can bring a book’s very context to life before a student’s eyes.
Student Literature Tours in the U.S.
From the homes of Margaret Mitchell, Flannery O’Connor, and Alice Walker in Georgia to those of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Sylvia Plath in Boston, some of the major cities in the United States hold many influential locations for great American writers. Bring your students to modest Walden Pond where Thoreau wrote his most well-known transcendentalist works. Or take them to the streets of New Orleans where Frances Parkinson Keyes set Dinner at Antoine’s and Tennessee Williams set A Streetcar Named Desire. Through educational travel tours, your students can get a feel for the rich atmosphere surrounding the authors when they wrote these famous pieces of literary art. Literature museums also act as spectacular settings for literary lessons, such as the Morgan Library and Museum in New York or the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia.
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Student Educational Literature Travel Abroad
The ancient Greek classics are a faraway fantasy, distant and unreachable, for many students. Change that with an educational literature tour in Greece where they can see the settings of the Homeric epics or Sophocles’ famous tragedies. Or perhaps Shakespeare’s domain is your classroom’s focus? Bring your students to visit the Bard’s home and the theater in which he performed and directed some of the greatest plays of all time.
Is the Divine Comedy a topic of interest on your curricula? Take your students to the place where Dante Alighieri wrote and was exiled, along with the various Italian cities where Shakespeare set many of his famous plays. Plus, the culturally rich land of Italy also served as an inspiration to Keats, Dostoyevsky, Lord Byron, and Hemingway, among others.
Of course, if the moving land of France serves as inspiration for your literary trip for your students, a French tour can show your classes where creative revelation struck the minds and pens of Emerson, Voltaire, Joyce, Hugo, Wilde, and others.
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