Sometimes we just need to celebrate. My sophomores just finished their Shakespeare projects, and a few of them are so fun!
Small groups chose one of Shakespeare’s plays. They read the graphic novel of it, read the summaries to be sure the graphic novel hadn’t left out any crucial information, read all the most familiar quotes from that play, and then had to get to work.
We watched examples of 60 Second Shakespeare found here. And we laughed and talked about our plays and the messages Shakespeare conveyed in them. We discussed topic vs. theme. (Mistaking the two is close to the top of my list of pet peeves.)
As a whole class we decided on the elements that we would need to include in our own 60 Second Shakespeare project. Students took ownership.
This is the guide they created that lead to their learning:
I’m sharing a student project that surprised me. Two young women, both ESL, who have struggled all year, made this four part set of GoAnimate.com movies for their project. Of course, five parts (Acts) would have been better, but still.
Lest anyone think we didn’t give the Bard his due and read critically, analyzing symbols, word choice, and more, we did. We just did it with sonnets and speeches from a couple of his works.
All the Worlds a Stage argument essay ties the skills and the content for the unit together.
Thanks to students who were willing to take a risk with some Shakespeare, we’ve ended the year in Pre-AP English II with some laughs and deep learning. And they can for sure tell you why we read Shakespeare so many centuries after he wrote this great literature.
“It’s all about humanity and how we relate to one another,” said one student. He gets it!
P.S. This one got presented late, but it’s too great not to share: Hamlet