Google Literature Trip

Kevin has also presented on this topic at ISTE 2010 and COTA 2012 -see

In 2007, Jerome Burg of California began a project as a Google Certified Teacher to engage students better with some of his favourite pieces of literature. Working with Google Earth as the springboard, there are now over 38 Literature Trips published on his site. More recently he collaborated on a book – BookMapping and started looking at Trips that involve a single location.

Using or creating a Google Literature trip is a fantastic way to actively engage students and teachers with the setting of a story and offer visual context beyond the text of the story being explored.

Currently there are three Google Lit Trips published by Kevin Amboe on this site. Each has direct curriculum correlation to BC Ministry Curriculum
Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine –
– social justice, immigration, discrimination, WWII,

Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker

White Jade Tiger by Julie Lawson
Novel Study Guide GLT Novel Study White Jade Tiger by Julie Lawson

Extending beyond the ‘Literature Trip’
If you like Google Lit Trips, you might be interested in Google Historical Voyages and Events, a project by Google Lit Trips developer Carol LaRow. According to Carol, “This site is dedicated to the explorers, voyages, events, and historical backgrounds of countries throughout the World.”

A newer concept is also a One-Stop Story

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