Today we are going to look into how we can lay the foundation, but before we do that, I want to take a moment to respond to some great feedback/questions I received. Hopefully, this will make these ideas more well rounded and, as always, I would love to get some input from other teachers. First, … Continue reading Teaching the Basics
I recently went back to my old grade school. It was surreal going back to a place I had graduated from 15 years prior. It was even more surreal walking through the halls with a baby in my arms. All of the teachers were getting their classrooms ready. Assigning lockers and desks. Putting up motivational … Continue reading Teaching Shakespeare Overview
Act II, Scene 4 Orsino longs to hear the song he heard the night before because it managed to relieve the pain of his unrequited love. Unfortunately, it was the Clown that sang it and he isn’t at Orsino’s house; he’s at Olivia’s house. Orsino sends Curio to fetch the Clown, but in the meantime … Continue reading Twelfth Night Part 2
Act IV, Scene 1 Leonato brings his daughter to meet Claudio at the altar. He asks the Friar to keep it brief and tell them what to expect in depth later. The Friar begins by asking if Claudio intends to marry Hero. He says no. Leonato laughs it off because Claudio will be married to … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing Part 3
Act I, Scene 1 The Prince has sent a message to his good friend Leonato to inform him that he and his soldiers will be coming to stay for a while. Leonato is very pleased at this news, especially since the battle went well and the didn’t lose anyone important. He is eager to see … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing Part 1
I came across a news article today that said a recent study found that one-third of British students didn’t know who Shakespeare was. I was immediately incredulous because frankly most journalists are terrible at covering scientific studies, so I decided to give it a closer read. Basically, the study gave 1,000 students aged 11 to … Continue reading Students Don’t Know Shakespeare?
The baby is napping...for now...so we’re back for part 2. In part 1, we looked at adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to see what the current offerings are and how they present the play for kids. This selection covers Shakespeare the man and the word he lived in. It’s easy to underestimate the importance … Continue reading Shakespeare Books for Kids Part 2!
I had to write all of this while my one month old was occupied, so proofreading is sorely lacking...apologies 🙂 Since I just had a baby and most people in my life know that I’m a giant Shakespeare nerd, I find myself with a decent collection of Shakespeare books for children. Shockingly, I do not … Continue reading Children’s Shakespeare Adaptations
Can we all just agree that libraries are awesome places? Even just the most basic concept is awesome. You go in, pick up a book, check it out, read it, and bring it back. No money spent (unless you return it late) and you have access to hundreds and thousands of books. Awesome, right? But, … Continue reading Libraries are Awesome.
Prince of Sorrows by D.K Marley, author of Blood and Ink, provides a unique perspective in this adaptation of Hamlet. Marley took on quite the challenge when she chose to adapt such a well-know play. There will hardly be a reader who doesn’t already know the story. She faced that challenge head-on and did a … Continue reading Prince of Sorrows Review