Summer is wrapping up and back to the classroom it is. You’ve put together the perfect syllabus to cover the array of topics you’ve been tasked with teaching and you’ve worked hard to make sure each day feels as engaging and entertaining as the last. Despite all of your efforts somehow you still feel like something is missing. Maybe some travel inspiration for places around the world that’ll bring any English class to life is just what you need!
1. Globe Theater- Transport to London, 1599. The Globe Theater has just opened its doors to the public and you and your students are walking through them. The original may have gone up in flames during a performance in 1613, but luckily an exact replica was built in the 1990s- just a mere 250 yards from the original. See the theater that brought William Shakespeare’s plays to life for over 3,000 people most afternoons.
2. Author’s Row – Nestled in a section of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, MA lies the gravestones of some of American Literature’s most famous authors. See where authors like Louisa May Alcott, Emerson and Thoreau were laid to rest.
3. Book of Kell’s at Trinity College- Take a firsthand look of the illuminated manuscript Gospel book believed to have been created circa 800. Take a break from textbook photographs and examine the original.
4. Shakespeare’s Birthplace- Shakespeare was born in a small town a little over 2 hours away from London called Stratford-upon-Avon. Today visitors can travel to the believed home of this dramatist’s childhood and walk in the footsteps of this literary genius.
5. Broadway, NYC- It’s one thing to discuss a novel, but to also see it come to life on Broadway is guaranteed to add a new dimension to any classroom discussion. Bring life to some of the most classic novels by experiencing a live performance on New York’s famed street.
6. Edinburgh Castle and The Elephant House – Did you know that hidden in Old Town Edinburgh is a small café called the Elephant House? Towards the back is a large window that opens up to a picturesque view of Edinburgh Castle. Word on the street is that J.K. Rowling used to order a cup of coffee and sit by this window each day writing her first Harry Potter book. And Edinburgh Castle? Well, it may just have been her inspiration for Hogwarts.