From Electric English...
When teaching English and all of the skills this encompasses, it is often very beneficial for the teacher to use other artistic mediums to inspire interest and learning in their students. This opera by Wagner pairs very well with concepts and ideas encountered within the short story "A Wagner Matinee" by Willa Cather. Whether the lyrics compare or contrast with the other material you are covering, songs provide an innovative, electrifying way to point out similarities and differences in the material. Give it a try; you'll be glad you did!!
NOTE: There is a FREE copy of "A Wagner Matinee" in my store under the heading, Short Story Analysis - A Wagner Matinee. Use it for whatever you need :)