I have never been more excited to hear the term “what it is” than when watching Thug Notes.
Thug Notes is a series of classic literature summary and analysis, all spoken in slang and “gangsta” vernacular and it is BRILLIANT. I cannot stop watching them. I was introduced to them through The Great Gatsby video and have been sharing them with my students ever since.
Over the summer, I found some of the novels I had forced my students to pretend to read, and I sent them the link to Lord of the Flies, so they would be able to pretend they had read them even better. Sparky Sweets, Ph.D, provides a legitimate analysis and commentary that had my students saying, “ohhhhh, so THAT’S what you were talking about!”
Yes, students. Behind the tattoos and basically everything else about us, thugs and your English teachers are the same.