Some teens love reading classic books assigned in school and some even read them on their own. However, many teens struggle with classic literature, either because reading is difficult for them or they don’t connect with material written so long ago. 60second Recap helps teens engage with literature through short videos that are informative and engaging.
Jenny Sawyer, video tour guide on 60second recap, draws parallels between modern life and classic literature. The recaps offer a contemporary perspective and can incite discussion. Jenny is fun and interesting to watch and keeps each video short enough that it is easy to watch them in full.
Each classic book is comprised of a few videos. There is an overview, a plot summary, meet the characters, and separate videos for each theme. Some of the books included on 60second Recap are Brave New World, Hamlet, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Lord of the Flies, Pride and Prejudice, Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby and the first non-fiction book to appear on the website, Night, by Elie Wiesel.
In addition to the classics, Jenny creates video each week for for “just for fun” books, called “pick of the week“. These are books that teens probably won’t be assigned in school but that teens should consider reading on their own. There is also a section of 60second Recap called “club recap” for teens to ask a question, answer a question or make a comment about any book. One of my favorite parts of the website is the “recap resource” page. Included are a dictionary of literary terms you need to know” and resources on how to write a paper.
I love this website. Anything that can help teens (and others) relate to classic books and literature is always welcome. 60second Recap can also help parents and teens connect. By watching the videos together, many discussion topics will arise. It might make parents want to begin reading some classic books that they missed when they were teens in school.