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Dr. Shrout from Atlanta GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help 8th Graders Produce Our 2018 Shakespeare Film Festival

My students need books, costumes and props for our Shakespeare film festival unit.

  • $328 goal

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My Students

My students are creative, enthusiastic 8th grade students of color at a charter school in metro Atlanta. They love to read, and they love to discuss big ideas! Anyone would love these kids.

Our students come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, although most are Hispanic / Latino and the children of immigrants.

More than 95% of my students are being raised below the poverty line, but our goal is college and our expectations are high. Our school, which includes grades 5-8, is a cash-strapped charter school that is always coming up with great solutions at little cost.

My Project

For the past seven years, my eighth graders have produced a Shakespeare Film Festival: twenty-minute adaptations of plays by William Shakespeare. It's an awesome project because it helps them understand the stories of William Shakespeare, builds their vocabularies, gives them the experience of performing complex texts out loud, and allows them to develop their creativity. At the same time we produce the films, they're reading "Shakespeare-flavored" novels at their reading level -- or books that involve allusions to Shakespeare and his work.

This year, I am hoping we'll produce King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and Twelfth Night.

We will film our productions over several weeks, and we'll screen them for the whole school at the end of the year.

We need a few costume pieces specific to the plays. You know, like a men's wig for Twelfth Night, an old man's beard for King Lear, or a cool Egyptian hairpiece for Antony and Cleopatra. We also need some new (plastic) swords; you can't have too many with Shakespeare! I'm additionally asking for some new books to assign to students during the unit, at least one of them specifically referring to King Lear.

My students will love to read new stories based on Shakespeare's old ones -- and they will be so excited to use their new props and costumes to make these centuries-old stories come to life for a new generation! I don't think you can imagine how inspired they will be to open these boxes up and try these items out.

Dr. Shrout
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Star-Crossed • Amazon Business $9.34 9 $84.06
Realistic Knight Sword Prop • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
Roman Apron And Belt Set Adult Accessory • Amazon Business $21.72 1 $21.72
Station Eleven • Amazon Business $10.00 2 $20.00
TULIPTREND Unisex Hooded Cloak Cosplay Costume Party Cape, Medium, Hunter Green • Amazon Business $18.37 1 $18.37
Amscan Gracious Gods and Goddess Egyptian Queen Wig (1 Piece), One Size, Black/Gold • Amazon Business $17.34 1 $17.34
Don Draper Charlie Sheen Brown Men's Wig Short Side Part • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Kangaroo's Halloween Accessories - Wizard Wig • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Pearl Veils for Brides Ribbon Edge Tulle Bridal Wedding Veils With Comb Ivory • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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