The "Alice Project"

A 10th Grade Honors English Tour of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

Message to Students November 1, 2009

Dear students:

Welcome to the “Alice Project”!

On its simplest level, this is an opportunity to truly discover what lies inside a text, a text that happens to be one of the most famous pieces of literature over the last 150 years.

Secondly, we — as a class — won’t know what you’ll discover down the rabbit hole (so to speak) until you — and your team — develop your own digital portfolio of research | discoveries. This — in other words — is the heart of the “Alice Project.”

And this web site will be where you share with the world everything you discover on your own journey into Wonderland.

All the best…and may your “writing desk” be like “a raven”,

Mr. Long

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For those of you new to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this exchange between young Alice and the Cheshire Cat (who she meets along her journey through Wonderland) might offer a hint of what you’ll experience during this project:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” [asked Alice]
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where –” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.

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When in doubt, trust your instincts.

If an ‘idea’ rabbit piques your interest, follow it. See where it leads you.

Just remember to let the rest of us know where it led you.

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P.S.

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “otherwise you wouldn’t have come here.”

 

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