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  1. KirstieWarr Making Shakespeare Fun

  2. Why teach it? • “cultural heritage, richness in language, and universal themes” (Burnett Foster 65). • Well educated= Some knowledge of Shakespeare Why make it fun? • “they regard Shakespeare’s language as a cultural heritage only the super sophisticated really enjoy, a language which may embarrass them because it seems too elevated to carry meaning in a world where words may be suspect” (Crowel 25). • students need to be engaged in their learning rather than treated as passive recipients (Burnett Foster 69).

  3. How? • Unpack the text • Role-play • Lit-circles • Fun and engaging before, during, and after strategies • Provide background knowledge • Bridge the generation gap • Seeing the plays • Provide interesting and fun assessment options that challenge students as well as activate their autonomy

  4. Shakespeare Plays • King Henry the Sixth, Part 1 (1589-90) • King Henry the Sixth, Part 2 (1590-91) • King Henry the Sixth, Part 3 (1590-91) • King Richard the Third (1592-93) • The Comedy of Errors (1592-94) • Titus Andronicus (1593-94) • The Taming of the Shrew* (1593-94) • Love’s Labor’s Lost (1594-95) • King John (1594-96) • King Richard the Second (1595) • Romeo and Juliet* (1595-96) • A Midsummer Night’s Dream* (1595-96) • The Merchant of Venice* (1596-97) • King Henry the Fourth, Part 1 (1596-97) • The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597) • King Henry the Fourth, Part 2 (1598) • Much Ado about Nothing (1598-99) • King Henry the Fifth* (1599) • Julius Caesar* (1599) • As You Like It (1599) • Hamlet* (1600-01) • Twelfth Night (1601-02) • Troilus and Cressida (1601-02) • All’s Well That Ends Well (1602-03) • Measure for Measure (1604) • Othello* (1604) • King Lear* (1605) • Macbeth* (1606) • Antony and Cleopatra (1606-07) • Coriolanus (1607-08) • Timonof Athens (1607-08) • Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1607-08) • Cymbeline (1609-10) • The Winter’s Tale (1610-11) • The Tempest (1611) • King Henry the Eighth (1612-13) *The most popular plays taught in High Schools

  5. Conclusion • Appeal to the students interests • Connect them to the works • Increasing the fun= increasing the comprehension