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#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.

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