Studying Shakespeare can be, well, boring. Super, duper boring. Have you ever read Shakespeare? Here is a little tidbit from Othello:
'Zounds, sir, you're robb'd; for shame, put on
Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul;
Even now, now, very now, an old black ram
Is topping your white ewe. Arise, arise;
Awake the snorting citizens with the bell,
Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you:
Arise, I say.
What? Seriously, what?
Reading Shakespeare definitely has a beauty to it, but it can be incredible difficult to understand.
So, instead of just reading Shakespeare with my kids complaining and rolling their eyes, I decided to teach it a bit differently.
First, I read this version of the play. I really like these books. They tell the story in a way that anyone would be able to understand, even my very simple mind. They also have little drawings, which my kids think are funny, and let's be honest, I think they are funny too.
Second, I pick an exciting scene from the book and then we read the real scene in Shakespeare's own words.
And finally, one of my darlings rewrites the scene in a modern day, or whatever era they choose, setting. We then film it and they get to edit it in iMovie.
The whole process takes us one term.
Here is their version of Othello. It's really good, I heard they were up for a bunch of Oscars.