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My students need 100 copies of Romeo and Juliet so that we can act the play in class.
I want my students to experience Shakespeare as he was meant to be experienced -- by actors and an audience. My students will be both! They need copies of the script so they can easily be up on their feet enacting the roles.
Our school is an urban magnet in mid-city Los Angeles.
Our students are a diverse bunch, racially, socially, economically, academically. Although students are randomly selected to attend our school, they are an academically competitive bunch. Even though we qualify for Title I funds, our graduation rate is close to 100% and 95% of our students go on to college.
I honor the fact that Shakespeare was meant to be performed and have my students "act" their way through Romeo and Juliet. Students work in groups to help each other understand the rich and complex Elizabethan language. They do various activities that involve performing, paraphrasing, and cutting the script. Having a paperback with ample glosses, helps students decode the language on their own. They're also more mobile with a small book in hand rather than an unwieldy textbook.
Seeing the emphasis that the Common Core State Standards places on Shakespeare study is encouraging to us teachers.
When students struggle to understand his vocabulary, when they strive to comprehend his figurative language, when students look for patterns in his imagery, they are building their brains and helping themselves to become smarter. Helping students to appreciate Shakespeare is one of the joys of being an English teacher.
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