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How to Get Kids to Read Shakespeare!

Mention the name “Shakespeare” to a bunch of middle schoolers and you’ll get a variety of reactions. Groans are sure to be included. How do you get students to move past the idea that Shakespeare is boring  so they can open up to the idea of discovering the wealth of pure entertainment in his plays?

Primary Source: The Gettysburg Address

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Doesn't Everyone Spend Friday Nights Writing Literary Essays?

 I got an email the other day from one of my oldest friends, who teaches fourth grade.

I am trying to teach my 4th graders how to write Literary Essays. (The theme of this story is . . ., the character traits of this character help them over come this challenge by . . .,  These two stories are alike because . . .)

So my question is, are there any examples of when we would use this type of writing in the real world or is it just for future English classes and PARCC tests? I am hoping that by understanding the larger role of this type of writing I can find a way to approach it that will work for me. Any suggestions?

Shakespeare's Skull: A Historical Who Dunit

David Tennant plays the character of Hamlet, using the real skull of composer André Tchaikowsky in a stage production of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

 

Who’s the most famous English writer in history? Shakespeare, anyone? 

Five Fun Activities for National Poetry Month!

Poetry is child's play! Listen to a bunch of second graders having a conversation and you'll hear rhyming, rhythm, personification, alliteration, similes, metaphors, and a host of other literary techniques that make up both poetry and playtime.

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