Equity & Diversity Opinion Why I’m Rethinking Teaching Shakespeare in My English Classroom
It's high time to question the place of Shakespeare in our classrooms, writes middle school teacher Christina Torres. Our kids deserve to study stories that represent and validate their experiences and cultures. But throwing the Bard out entirely isn't the answer either.
Teaching Opinion Explore Shakespearean Text Via Twitter for Greater Student Engagement
Shakespeare is often hard for students to engage with, particularly if they aren't reading at grade level. One way to ensure a solid conversation about a complex text is to allow students time to share ideas on Twitter doing a class chat. Read here to see how it turned out for my 10th grade NYC students.
Student Well-Being Opinion Accessing Shakespeare One to Two Scenes at a Time
In the grand scheme of things, reading Shakespeare is still worthwhile, but we must find a way to help all students access it. When working with students who are reading below grade level and may not have a high interest in reading, we must try different kinds of projects that can get them excited about texts they wouldn't select on their own. What they will hopefully find is that Shakespeare is actually a bad ass. Macbeth is exciting and gory and it gets to the very nature of how power can corrupt people. The universal themes show throughout the play are easily connected with student lives and can continue to resonate with them as they connect the play to other learning.
Curriculum Video: 'Macbeth' in Two Classes: Old-School and High Tech
Technology and social media are shaping how the next generation of students understands the Bard's great antihero.
Reading & Literacy Video: What Does Teaching 'Macbeth' Look Like in the Digital Age?
Two teachers in Mineola, N.Y., discuss the pros and cons of teaching Shakespeare with 21st century technology in a video produced as part of a special report on digital literacy.
Education ISO: Teacher Input on Teaching 'MacBeth' in a Digital Era
Education Week is gathering thoughts on how educational technology is being used to teach the Shakespeare classic.
Teaching Profession Teaching 'Macbeth' in the Digital Age: EdWeek Wants to Hear From You
Education Week wants to hear how you help your students learn to love Shakespeare. Use #teachmacbeth to join the Twitter conversation.
Curriculum A Plan to Update Shakespeare to Modern English Causes Consternation
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival rocked the literary world at the end of September with a bold announcement: Festival organizers are commissioning the translation of 39 Shakespearean plays into Modern English.
Standards Calif. Teacher Stirs Controversy by Taking Shakespeare Off Syllabus
The Washington Post published an essay of a California English language arts teacher that caused an uproar after she said Shakespeare's works don't reflect the cultural perspectives her students need to learn.
Reading & Literacy Shakespeare and Superheroes: A Creative Approach to Performance Assessment
Teacher Sarah Goodis-Orenstein found that getting students to learn by performing Shakespeare can be done in a rigorous way.