Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Connecting the Bard

I sent a tweet out to Web English Teacher asking her how she gets students interested in Shakespeare in today's modern world were we seem so disconnected from time of quills, ink, handwritten plays and no twitter. Her response was short, but that is to be expected when working with only 140 characters. Connect Shakespeare to modern life was her answer, and after brainstorming on her five word answer I have realized the potential for teaching Shakespeare, and how giving a stronger effort to connect Shakespeare with the student's modern life is how they will become interested. I feel like I am walking in that direction with my research: modern teaching methods of Shakespeare.

I also sent out a wide range of emails to current teachers asking them which plays they teach most often. All of them mentioned Romeo & Juliet since it is mandated in some states and practical in others. However, The Taming of the Shrew is the second most taught play according to the teachers I surveyed. I have started reading the play in its entirety, and plan to see the adaptations of the play as well.


Alicia Tovar said...

Hey so I know you are researching "Taming of the Shrew" and it's ability to connect to youth. I don't know what grade level you are doing but here is a Jr in high school I connected with and asked about a recent experience of watching the play after reading it (all as an English class).
Thought you might be interested: http://dailyfunandrandomness.blogspot.com/2012/02/patience.html#comment-form

Bri... only she said...

Hey, where'd you go? Did you drop?