Content Tech: Google Lit Trips

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Mrs. Calandra’s English 9R class is about to embark on a journey in Google Earth as they read The Odyssey by Homer. Google Lit Trips are very interesting and a new way to teach literature, incorporating the geography of the book. We’re planning to have students create their own placemarks in Google Earth along the way, to demonstrate their understanding of the book.

Check out Google Lit Trips for other titles to see how they look (there is a small but growing list of popular titles). The Google Earth files (.kmz files) download to your computer, and open up in Google Earth (which is on all school computers).

Google Earth is becoming an incredible resource, and applications such as these Google Lit Trips are presenting new and unique ways to teach and learn in many different content areas!


Image citation:
“Mediterranean Odyssey.” Map. Google Lit Trips. Ed. Jerome Burg. 11 Apr. 2009. 22 Apr. 2009 <>






One response to “Content Tech: Google Lit Trips”

  1. […] A few weeks back in Content Tech we looked at Google Lit Trips as unique way to study literature through geography. In Mrs. Calandra’s English 9R class, we used the Lit Trip as part of their study of The Odyssey by Homer. Reading this book can be a daunting task, and the Lit Trip was a great tool to help students’ understanding. The project went very well, and here is what Mrs. Calandra has to say about it… […]