ERIC Number: ED331096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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Creative Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare in High School.
Dienstfrey, Sherri R.
William Shakespeare should be taught in high schools in an entertaining fashion so the high school student will appreciate his genius, keen insights, and talents. A strategy to accomplish this goal starts with simple material and progresses to the more difficult. Shakespeare's personal and historical background are presented in a short lecture, and summarized and reviewed in a game of "Jeopardy." Variations of the "Match Game" encourage students to complete reading assignments of the play they are studying, thus becoming familiar with its basic elements of plot and character. Viewing a live performance of the play is an ideal starting point for students learning to interpret and analyze critically Shakespeare's writing. Dramatization will bring out questions and various views regarding the play. In small groups, students can discuss and answer questions, employing application and analysis. Synthesis and evaluation of information is promoted when small groups are assigned roles to represent, and must respond to issues and provocative questions arising from discussion of the play. The "Meeting of the Minds" game presents this activity in panel discussion form. Interpretive assignments, such as varying the interpretation of mini-scenes from the play by moving its locale, also require synthesis and imagination from students. Two groups of students might each perform the same scene, but with different interpretations--the goal being not a polished performance but one that has been thoroughly considered. (SR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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