“Word by Word”: Thinking About Close Reading, Revision, and NCTE. The title of Anne Lamott’s book on writing, Bird by Bird, comes from a family story that a favorite colleague of mine also liked to tell when she was helping students get started with their writing. As Lamott tells it, when her father saw her brother overwhelmed by the task of a report on birds that was due the next day, he sat down next to his son and told him to take the work “bird by bird.” Similarly, Lamott suggests that writers use short assignments (think about a paragraph rather than a chapter, a description rather than a character’s whole story) to overcome writer’s block or dispel writing fears. This fall, I’ve been thinking a lot about taking writing and life bird by bird. As I’ve mentioned in some previous posts, I made a big move in August, and life in a new city and a new school often forces me to live and work from moment to moment. I can’t do the kind of long-term planning I used to because I’m living a new routine for the first time.
Want to see this lesson in action? Macbeth on Trial - Mr. Chilton's English. Macbeth Trial Assignment Macbeth Trial Assignment Macbeth Trial Group Handouts Macbeth Trial Group Handouts Macbeth Annotated Quotes and Models Macbeth Trial Itinerary Macbeth Trial Itinerary Task: The Process First you will be assigned to a specific team: one group will be the defense team, one the prosecuting team. Strategies for the Trial Keep questions simple.Ask a series of short questions rather than a long, complicated one.Use the text as your most compelling evidence.Anticipate the cross examination.Limit number of witnesses to four for each sideLimit amount of time per person (10 for questioning, 10 for cross, 2 for rebuttal)Four witnesses will require four different lawyers.Every person needs to be a lawyer at least once.Each team will have a recorder, the duties rotating as each witness takes the stand.Closing arguments are limited to five to eight minutes.
Group One: Defense Attorneys You will be defending Macbeth by trying to create doubt about his competence or his actual guilt. Shakespearean Musical Chairs. My AP students enter my class having read Romeo and Juliet in ninth grade… and that’s it. No Othello in 10th. No Julius Caesar. No Hamlet. It’s the hand I’m dealt and rather than lament this, I have to get to work building skill as quickly as I can.
This isn’t an easy task because Shakespeare’s language can be difficult for experienced readers, let alone ones that lack exposure. I knew I had to develop a way to reduce their inhibitions, build their close-reading skills, front load information about the play, and make it fun and inviting at the same time. That’s when I came up with Shakespearean Musical Chairs. Before the lesson I pull the 30 best quotes from Act I and print them in 20pt font.I cut the quotes into strips.
In Class Closure We do this for 20 minutes, then return to rows to make sense of it all. What is effective about this approach is twofold. I assign Act I for homework over the next few days. Application The graphic organizer must not be overlooked. Act I Macbeth quotes. How Shakespeare describes post-traumatic stress disorder. Shakespearean Musical Chairs.
#2ndaryELA Chat Summary: Teaching Shakespeare & Other Plays - The Literary Maven. This #2ndaryELA Twitter chat was all about teaching Shakespeare's plays and other dramas in the secondary ELA classroom. Middle and High School English Language Arts teachers discussed popular Shakespeare plays to teach, literary terms, themes and topics to teach, how to make real-world connections and support readers struggling with the language, as well as other recommended dramas. Supporting readers in their struggles with the language: *VideoSparkNotes *Shakespeare Set Free *Word play *Graphic novel versions *Pair play with contemporary poems, i.e. Hamlet with "Late Reading" by Moori Creech, 2014 Pulitzer Poetry finalist *Use side by side texts from No Fear Shakespeare *Read the play aloud together, help students focus on what words they know first and build from there *Pair plays and movies, i.e.
The Literary MavenELA Literature Resources 6-12Follow On Hope you'll join us next Tuesday March 22nd at 8pm EST to talk about teaching Shakespeare & other dramas. Shakespeare and Wordsworth boost the brain, new research reveals. This “lighting up” of the mind lasts longer than the initial electrical spark, shifting the brain to a higher gear, encouraging further reading.
The research also found that reading poetry, in particular, increases activity in the right hemisphere of the brain, an area concerned with “autobiographical memory”, helping the reader to reflect on and reappraise their own experiences in light of what they have read. The academics said this meant the classics were more useful than self-help books. Philip Davis, an English professor who has worked on the study with the university’s magnetic resonance centre, will tell a conference this week: “Serious literature acts like a rocket-booster to the brain. "The research shows the power of literature to shift mental pathways, to create new thoughts, shapes and connections in the young and the staid alike.” While reading the plain text, normal levels of electrical activity were displayed in their brains. “Poetry is not just a matter of style. The Opening Lines of Romeo and Juliet Recited in the Original Accent of Shakespeare's Time.
Why I Love Teaching Shakespeare (And You Should, Too!) - Talks with Teachers. Shakespeare in the Classroom When I was in grad school I took a Shakespearean Tragedies course and the expectation was that we were to read one play per week. We plowed our way through Julius Caesar, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, and so many more. At one point in the semester, just as we were finished talking about that floating dagger toying with Macbeth’s mind, the professor, Clifford Huffman, turned from the blackboard and said, “it has become easier, hasn’t it? Remember when you were in high school and this stuff seemed like a foreign language to you?”
And he was right. Reading the Bard in high school was a daunting challenge. Shakespeare was like the Waterford crystal store when I was a kid. But the aura of intimidation didn’t match the frustration of reading. Reading Shakespeare boosted my confidence as a young reader. Shakespeare hit a sweet spot and helped me become a better reader. Shakespeare Under Fire But Shakespeare isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Mortimer J. Shakespeare. Macbeth. AP Literature and Composition. Home - Folger Education. Teaching Modules.