While watching the BBC’s Tintin’s Adventures with Frank Gardner which attempts to trace the journey of the first Tintin adventure (available on iplayer at the moment) I began to think about how the books could be used in the classroom.
Tintin is a series of comic books created by the Belgian artists Hergé where a young reporter goes on a series of adventures around the world. With over 350 million copies of the books translated into 80 languages Tintin really is a global phenomenon. More recently there has been a film, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011) which has brought Tintin back into the limelight, and for the younger generations, made them aware of his existence.
On watching the film I thought that the depictions of some places, (e.g. Morocco) were interesting. I began to think about how teachers could use these scenes, and images from the original books. They may be useful for a range of teaching ideas in the geography/history/citizenship classroom, from stereotypes of identity to the experiences (and perceptions) of Russia in the 1920s, in a similar way to how some teachers use excerpts of the Simpsons to discuss different places and cultures. Over the next few weeks I’ll be going through the Tintin books and identifying the areas they may be useful for in the classroom and sharing some of the ideas I have developed.