While my daughter and I drove, my mother read the Nancy Drew mystery, The Hidden Staircase. It did not matter that we had all read this book before. Three sets of ears eagerly rested on my mother's voice and waited to see what might happen next. For Nancy Drew does find herself in some thrilling adventures.
The stereotypes and generalizations in all the versions of the Nancy Drew stories can give pause, but can also provide good topics for conversation. Thankfully, Nancy's "slender" shoulders could handle these thrilling adventures. Despite this, at the right moments, these books still provide hours of entertainment.
This led to my next idea - Nancy Drew skits! Give a group of students a scene to act out. They could demonstrate both the good and bad use of language. Picture students acting out these scenes:
"Nathan Gombet's shifty eyes roved to the door, and, suddenly, he made a spring for it."
What does a "low exclamation of pleasure and belief" sound like?
How does one murmur brokenly?
Nancy glides here...
but prances here...
and springs here.
My last idea? Black out poems. These pages should produce some very funny and descriptive poems. When is a book not a book? When it is a script for skits, a word bank for poems and a language developer.