Instructional Video

Gulliver's Travels | The Great American Read

Neil deGrasse Tyson shares his rationale for why Gulliver's Travels was his favorite book as a child and still is as an adult. He urges viewers to vote to include Swift's satire in The Great American Read program.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video to launch a unit study of Gulliver's Travels
  • Have groups create a similar style video urging class maters to vote for their favorite novel
Classroom Considerations
  • The video is part of the PBS Great American Read series
  • Voting has since closed; however, the video is worthy of consideration
Pros
  • Particularly amusing is Tyson's take on the scientists trying to change marbles into something soft
Cons
  • None