The Bard in Upper School

By Dr. Judy Boomhower

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We are reveling in the captivating world of William Shakespeare this month.  The Middle School students are agonizing with Hamlet over whether or not to seek revenge, while the High School students are riding the roller coaster that is Othello’s relationship with Desdemona.    We read the plays just as Shakespeare wrote them, with no modern language translations.  Our students work hard to understand the idioms and difficult vocabulary of Elizabethan times.

This year the high school students are using a new strategy to increase the fun factor while enhancing our understanding of the complex relationships in Othello.  We are dividing into two groups, and each group prepares and acts out alternate scenes in the play.  The fun part is that each group has set the play in a different time and place.  So the audience (the other group) has to keep track of what is going on as the setting shifts back and forth day by day!!

My goal is for the students to understand the wonderful plays of Shakespeare, but more than that, I want them to love them.  We are well on our way.  I am a very proud and happy camper.

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