Shakespeare Kids: Performing his Plays, Speaking his Words

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Shakespeare Kids: Performing his Plays, Speaking his Words opens the world of the Bard to children, providing a wonderful learning experience along the way. Designed as a comprehensive, practical guide to engaging students with the playwright's timeless stories, Shakespeare Kids covers every aspect of production and performance, with step-by-step guidelines on how to choose, cast, rehearse, produce, and perform a play. It even shows you how to condense a play without changing ...

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Overview

Shakespeare Kids: Performing his Plays, Speaking his Words opens the world of the Bard to children, providing a wonderful learning experience along the way. Designed as a comprehensive, practical guide to engaging students with the playwright's timeless stories, Shakespeare Kids covers every aspect of production and performance, with step-by-step guidelines on how to choose, cast, rehearse, produce, and perform a play. It even shows you how to condense a play without changing Shakespeare's language.

The book's inclusive approach is based on the author's experience performing these plays with hundreds of students in the classroom and in recreational programs. Each of the ten recommended plays is summarized, with special attractions for performing it with students noted. The rationale for teaching language arts and reading by performing Shakespeare is based on national standards and recent reading research and explains how to differentiate this approach for English learners and students with disabilities. A ready-to-use, condensed script for Macbeth gets you started.

Grades 3-8

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Editorial Reviews

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"In this guide for teachers, librarians, and recreational leaders, Cox (teacher education, California State University) proves that students can understand the language and ideas in Shakespeare's plays and perform them well enough to interest an audience. She offers a rationale for teaching language arts and reading by performing Shakespeare, based on national standards and recent reading research, and explains how to use the approach with all students, including English language learners and students with disabilities. She recommends and summarizes ten plays, and provides a ready-to-use, condensed script of Macbeth for grades 3-8."

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Reference & Research Book News

"…Cox's effort is sure to be a welcome guide to bringing Shakespeare to the elementary stage."

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School Library Journal

"Any school with an interest in drama will find this book a useful and refreshing addition to the school library. Recommended."

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School Library Journal
From Bruce Coville's beautifully crafted prose retellings to the recently published "Shakespeare Explained" series (Marshall Cavendish), a plethora of books attempt to make the Bard's stories and language accessible to elementary and middle school students. Cox's work, however, takes a different focus, offering a practical guide for performing Shakespeare's plays, albeit in condensed form, without changing his poetic dialogue. Based on her own experiences, Cox gears her work to "teachers of students in grades 3–8, librarians, or adults leading recreational programs," providing precise, detailed instructions on all facets of youth-oriented Shakespearean play production. Her topics cover the criteria for choosing a play (including summaries of her top 10 choices), "how-to" information on condensing the chosen title, casting methods, tips on staging and scheduling, practical technical ideas, and performance "do's," including creating publicity and developing community support. The text is clear and concise, if rather repetitive and stylistically prosaic, and her message is straightforward: "Keep the focus on the children." Average-quality black-and-white photos capture specific moments that illustrate the performers' enthusiasm. The appendix includes the author's condensation of Macbeth, her most popular script. While curriculum tie-ins such as those found in Pauline Nelson and Todd Daubert's Starting with Shakespeare (Teacher Ideas, 2000) are both valuable and useful, this manual goes one step further, insisting, as does Hamlet himself, that "the play's the thing." For neophyte directors who agree, Cox's effort is sure to be a welcome guide to bringing Shakespeare to the elementary stage.—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591588382
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 1,409,515
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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