The 20 enjoyable, interactive classroom activities that are included will help your students understand the text in amusing ways. Fun Classroom Activities include group projects, games, critical thinking activities, brainstorming sessions, writing poems, drawing or sketching, and more that will allow your students to interact with each other, be creative, and ultimately grasp key concepts from the text by "doing" rather than simply studying.
1. Visual Interpretation
Search the library or a reputable Internet database for images of Carnival in the Renaissance. These could be from paintings, sculpture, or woodcuts used to illustrate books. Can you close-read (interpret) them using Bakhtin's language of popular-festive culture, debasement, material body lower stratum, folk, humor, etc.?
2. Carnival Today
Research the ways in which Carnival has survived into the twenty-first century. How is it different in regions of Europe, South America, and North America? What elements of Renaissance folk humor still survive? How have...
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