Shakespeare Without Fear: Teaching for Understanding / Edition 1

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Overview

As a high school and college student, Mary Janell Metzger sat through old-school lectures that swamped Shakespeare in literary tradition and form, leaving no breathing room for individual interpretation. As a teacher, she yearned to connect students to Shakespeare's plays, and in Shakespeare Without Fear she tells you how she finally removed the barrier between text and inquiry by focusing on the rich interactive possibilities between student, teacher, and bard.

Shakespeare Without Fear offers methods that will get students emotionally and imaginatively involved with the plays while developing their capacity for critical judgment. Ideal for the experienced teacher as well as for the English Education methods course, Shakespeare Without Fear first debunks the idolatry and polarizing academic politics surrounding the study of Shakespeare and then allays reader anxieties by setting up the plays as engaging historical works instead of items to check off a cultural literacy list. Next Metzger takes you into real classrooms for a complete look at how she and other educators teach several major works, including Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, offering both a framework for teaching any Shakespearean drama and play-specific essential questions for teaching ten of his other most popular plays.

Covering topics like teaching to standards, the challenges nonnative speakers face reading Shakespeare, and formatting lessons for AP instruction, Shakespeare Without Fear will help you create conditions where Shakespeare explodes off the page and into the imaginations of your students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325006451
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Janell Metzger is an Associate Professor of English at Western Washington University, where she teaches courses in English literature, critical theory, and pedagogy.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface

One: Shakespeare Without Fear

Two: Not a Love Story?: Romeo and Juliet and the Groundlings

Three: Teaching Hamlet After Columbine

Four: The Villainy You Teach Me...: Shakespeare and AP English Literature

Five: To See It Feelingly: Teaching The Rape of Lucrece

Six: Teaching Shakespeare for Understanding

Works Cited

Credits

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