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Mr. Flam
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households
  • 7 donors
  • $0 still needed

Shakin' up High Schoolers with Shakespeare

My students need these Shakespeare Graphic Novels to access the beauty of the ideas contained in these stories minus the difficulty the original language poses.

My Students

They walk in and their looks say, "What have you got for us today?" I think "Another day of attempting to be as compelling as social media." Just kidding, no chance there,yet perhaps there is a chance if I remember Steve Jobs saying" The only way to do great work is to love what you do."

My students are primarily 9th and 10th grade Special Education English students.

They usually have a Specific Learning Disability and very often it pertains to language arts related issues. In addition some of the students in my classes may be identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Emotional Disturbance. These students often find ideas of a global nature compelling and are able to articulate ideas and ask probing questions. As a teacher my challenge is developing the perseverance and self discipline needed to produce an expression of thoughts. The high school I work in is probably about midway between a very urban and suburban setting. It is ethnically diverse in its demographic character. Approximately 10% of the school's population being Special Education students and there are about an equal number of English Learners.

My Project

Shakespeare's themes are timeless, yet I have watched as students are unable to gain access to the ideas because they can't surmount the difficulties posed by the language. Students will read the books and really begin to see how profound the ideas are. Students will be able to do Readers Theater and create visual presentations about the each play. Really understanding the language with the support the visuals in these books will facilitate a rise in the level of classroom discussion and academic talk.

Very few of the students I work with on a regular basis have actually had the experience of enjoying reading.

More exposure to accessible literature will improve the classroom culture, and begin to move books from the realm of something to avoid to a position of greater prominence in student consciousness. Perhaps there will be books in addition to games loaded on their phones.

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Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels) • Amazon $9.13 15 $136.95
Hamlet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels) • Amazon $8.96 15 $134.40
Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels) (No Fear Shakespeare Illustrated) • Amazon $8.69 15 $130.35

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This project will reach 60 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 6 other donors.

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