If you are a student or teacher of literature, and you aren’t already familiar with this resource, you owe it to yourself to check it out. For effective learning to occur in any classroom, it’s essential that information be presented in multiple formats. It’s just as important to offer a range of options for engagement. This site helps beautifully on both counts.
60 Second Recap is a web based resource, and an iOS app, that uses short video clips to introduce great literature in a manner that I suspect most learners find highly engaging. Each clip is well researched and skilfully written. Production quality is exceptional. The target audience may be high school students, but these videos completely engage this learner, and I haven’t been a high school student for more than 40 years!
Authors whose works are introduced range from Homer and Shakespeare to the likes of Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, George Orwell, J. D. Salinger, John Steinbeck, George Orwell, and Elie Wiesel.
Typically, there are about 10 video clips for each title. For Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451, for example, titles are: Teaser Trailer; Overview; The Plot; Meet the Cast; Guy Montag; Themes; Motifs; Symbol 1; Symbol 2; In Conclusion. I’ve embedded ‘Overview’ and ‘Guy Montag’ below.
If you don’t mind ads, all the content is available free of charge at the 60 Second Recap site. The videos are also available at the 60 Second Recap Channel on Youtube. There’s also a 60 Second Recap Pick of the Week Channel, where novels for teens are introduced and reviewed.
If you want to avoid the ads, or if you just want to access the content on an iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad, there is a free 60 Second Recap app. Videos for a few titles are free, but there is a charge of $0.99 for most. ‘Pick of the week’ videos are also free on the app. I leave you with the video of this week’s pick.