Thursday, January 14, 2010

Teach Shakespeare However You Want -- Just Keep His Language Alive | Edutopia

I read this article today and this quote reminded me of what we're doing every month in the Shakespeare Allowed! program: "'s probably a good idea just to let the beat go on, immersing students in the compelling rhythms of the iambs, trochees, and dactyls without, at first, slowing them with too much analysis. At least they'll encounter, if only once, a flow of speech at its most magical. At best, a seed will be planted for future fascination, when the complexities of life -- and language -- become more intriguing." That is what Shakespeare Allowed is all about for me. Just reading the words out loud. Whether it's a first encounter with the play or a revisiting of an old favorite, there is nothing like just reading the words aloud. I'm really looking forward to continuing on this journey with you! See you in February!

Teach Shakespeare However You Want -- Just Keep His Language Alive | Edutopia


DG Strong said...

One of the things I love about Shakespeare Allowed is that there's no discussion. We just read it and then we leave. Everyone who attends has a different relationship with Shakespeare - some are really knowledgeable and some are complete newcomers. But the lack of discussion - the lack of any sort of pressure to totally 'get it' - is a great leveler. I appreciate that there's a clamor for meeting and discussing separately, afterwards, but I think what makes it really work is the purity of it, just the reading.

Denice said...

I hear you, DG. The words speak for themselves, the plays are what they are, the characters emerge, the stories unfold--all through the simple act of reading this poetry out loud.

I missed being there today! It's the first reading I haven't been able to attend, but I'll make it up in Brentwood on the 20th and be right back on track for Much Ado in March! See you then. =D