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ERIC Number: EJ856323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Shakespeare, Our Digital Native
Shamburg, Christopher; Craighead, Cari
English Journal, v99 n1 p74-78 Sep 2009
Performance-based activities and creative projects with technology that focus on Shakespeare's language are powerful developmental tools for students to express and extend thoughts and feelings from their lives. Shakespeare becomes a toy chest and a toolset that allows students to live in situations they never could and to express language they did not craft. When students integrate movies and songs from their lives with Shakespeare's words and worlds, they get to synthesize and create from rich sources of language, drama, and digital content--discovering, amplifying, and extending their voices. In the two projects the authors describe in this article, students are taking Shakespeare's drama and using technology to create original content. In the first activity, "Romeo and Juliet" Movies, students make original videos that combine their performances from "Romeo and Juliet" with popular movies and songs. In the second activity, Audio "Macbeth," students create audio plays from "Macbeth," enacting voices and adding a variety of music and sound effects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A