H.C. Andersen crosses and breaks down barriers - also when it comes to education.

That is the point of view
of this site which has been designed especially for students and teachers in upper secondary education.
Andersen CROSSWISE is actually two sites
At the Danish part of the site you will find texts by and about Andersen and suggestions for how to work with them. Part of this material is presented here in English.

We look at Andersen as a writer and a person who crosses barriers when it comes to

  • geography
  • society
  • art
  • the media
  • science
  • subjects in upper secondary schools

Andersen CROSSWISE has been launched in two phases

I - Essay Competition
In the first phase which began in April 2004 a Danish as well as international essay competition was announced.

Students could compete in four categories. The first prize in each category was 10.000 D. Kr. (approx. 1200 US dollars).
The winners were handed the prizes in December 2004 and their essays have been published on this site. See Prize Essays.

In the first phase we also present a number of texts about Andersen in order to inspire teachers and the students who enter the competition. See more under Texts.

Furthermore we present the four themes for teaching which will be launched at the Danish site from August.

II - Themes for teaching

In the second phase of Andersen CROSSWISE we will on the Danish site present four fully developed themes for teaching Andersen under the headlines

  • Andersen across the Barriers
  • A Genius at School
  • Andersen as a Traveller
  • The Silly Imagination

    The themes include a large number of texts and illustrations, suggestions for work and references to secondary literature. They represent different approaches to Andersen and can be used in different subjects e.g. Danish, History, Arts and Physics.

    On these pages in english you will find a summary of these themes from the danish site and one fully elaborated suggestion in english for working with Andersen during three weeks lessons. See these.

    More about the Project
    Andersen CROSSWISE will be developed as an e-learning site during 2004 and 2005.

    Read more about the project by clicking on The Project. Here you will also find information on how to contact the group behind the project.