But we started with Monty Python's Agatha Christie sketch. It's Friday, after all, and there was actually serious reasons why I wanted to bring in the genius of Monty Python. I wasn't surprised that few of my students had heard of Monty Python, but I've about given up asking such questions, because they just haven't and it makes me feel old. Anyway. I prepped them for this sketch by asking them to make note of what seems familiar and not just what they're making fun of, but why it's funny.
After it finished, I asked what sounded familiar and we talked about the locked door murder mystery, the bumbling policeman, assuming people are who they say they are, and more. And then we talked through how the cast is making fun of those fairly stock elements in Agatha Christie. My students may have been mystfied by the genius that is Monty Python, but I had fun with it and I think it loosened up my students on a sleepy Friday morning.
Mostly, I think any class that I can use Monty Python in is a success of critical thinking on the teacher's part.
And then we got into Act 2 of "The Mousetrap" and it was fantastic. I'm a little sad to be leaving Dame Agatha behind, but it's hard to be too sad when next week means the Hard-Boileds and Raymond Chandler and Howard Hawks' 1946 film The Big Sleep. This also means that there's a lot of reading I get to justify this weekend as "class prep." I love my life.