by Court Allam
For the first eight years of my teaching career, my Shakespeare daily lesson plans went something like this:
“Good morning! Turn to Act II Scene 1 on page 234. I’m going to push play on the CD, let’s listen to a few lines…” (Actors performing while students follow along for about 30 seconds. Pause CD.) Me: “Ok, what just happened there?” (The same 2-3 students telling me the plot.) “Great! Let’s continue on…”
Once in awhile, I would have the students act out a scene or two… but that usually led to monotone recitations and awkward moments helping students pronounce words.