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Ms. LaQuesse from Bridgeport CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bring the Page to the Stage: Shakespeare!

Help me give my students copies of No Fear Shakespeare Othello so they can see the text in its original language and modern adaption side-by-side as well as props to help them act out scenes.

  • $541 goal

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My Students

I work in an inner-city school where students do not think reading is interesting. Students in my class struggle to understand the assigned texts and often give up shortly after we begin reading. The majority of my students read below grade level and struggle with independent reading. In my class, I try to create a bridge between the texts we read and our current society. I teach students that reading is active and in order to strengthen their reading skills they need to build reading endurance.

Many of my students feel disconnected from the curriculum and their struggle with reading is exacerbated by their inability to engage with, and enjoy the text.

My students are lively and animated and enjoy learning the most when we can bring a theatrical element into the classroom. When students can physically connect with the text they are more likely to engage in the lessons and classroom activities. Bringing tangible objects to the classroom and getting my students up and moving as we read helps them make the connections they struggle with while reading.

My Project

Please help my students engage in the classics! Having the modern and original text while reading Shakespeare helps students to connect with the text and draw connections with Shakespearean language. My students struggle and are apprehensive when reading in class; while reading Shakespearean texts, having a modern translation helps to quell student anxiety. These books will help them clear that first hurdle.

My students are most engaged when they have the opportunity to perform in class; providing props for them to use as they read will help solidify an understanding of the play's actions that they typically do not get through standard, seated, reading.

Having tangible items, like a king’s cape and goblets, to help them understand the characters and their motivations will help them connect with the text and create an understanding of what is happening and how characters are interacting with one another. The visual and kinetic stimulation will help engage students with the text.

Ms. LaQuesse
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Spark Notes No Fear Shakespeare Othello (SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare) • Amazon Business $5.95 40 $238.00
Rubie's Burgundy Velvet King's Cape, Burgundy, One Size • Amazon Business $21.99 2 $43.98
Fun Express Crown Goblet Cups - 12 Pieces • Amazon Business $25.88 1 $25.88
US Toy One Roman Style Play Pretend Plastic Sword Costume, Large • Amazon Business $12.49 2 $24.98
Skeleteen Fake Buccaneer Sword Prop - Plastic Pirate Sword Costume Accessories - 1 Piece • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Adventure Awaits - Wooden Toy Sword - Handmade - Lightweight Wood Toy Sword set for Outdoor Play • Amazon Business $22.97 1 $22.97
JOYIN Royal Jewleled 2 Pack King's and Queen's Royal Crowns - King Queen Halloween Costume Prom Accessories • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Adjustable Gold Crown and a Red Jeweld Crown By Funny Party Hats® • Amazon Business $14.54 1 $14.54
U.S. Toy Royal Sceptor Costume Accessory • Amazon Business $5.36 2 $10.72

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