My students need books as they reenact scenes from famous Shakespearean plays. Helping students read iambic pentameter, understand old English, and learn Shakespeare's humor will help them appreciate this form of literature.
My students have a thirst for knowledge and are eager to learn. They want to do well and I remind them that the real test is still yet to come. During class, I become the 5 year old who always asks, "Why?" The most important tests are yet to come and being able to reason and show these pre-teen students the reason for learning is essential to becoming a life-long learner.
My students are discovering that reading and writing are becoming lost arts.
With technology of every kind at their finger tips, students are advancing their computer skills quicker than we know how to teach it. While they enjoy having access to a device, many of them still enjoy talking to their friends, reading books, and writing and highlighting on paper. We are rediscovering the art of reading and writing as a way to communicate ideas, get to know others, and learn about the world.
As we enter our study of the Renaissance in Social Studies, we also begin our reading of Shakespearean plays. While this can be a daunting thought, I embrace the challenge and hope to see my students dramatizing Shakespeare's most loved scenes with these new books. From the sword fights in Romeo and Juliet to the mix up of twins and lookalikes in the Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare can be just as much fun as playing sports. It's all about perspective.
Students will be given the opportunity to stage their own scenes and share their interpretations of the plays during this unit.
Studying Shakespeare side by side with the Renaissance will give the students an even richer experience with the texts and perhaps help them understand the verbose Shakespearean language. While they are at it, they may pick up literary themes and plot lines common to all stories today.
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