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Shakespeare is a central shaping and defining figure in our culture. His plays are being taught, filmed, and performed every day in many places and in most of the world's languages. At the same time, teachers and students from junior high through the early undergraduate years often struggle with the Bard in discomfort and negativity that can only be counter-productive.

Teaching Shakespeare into the Twenty-First Century is by teachers and for teachers. Specifically, it is a ...

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Overview


Shakespeare is a central shaping and defining figure in our culture. His plays are being taught, filmed, and performed every day in many places and in most of the world's languages. At the same time, teachers and students from junior high through the early undergraduate years often struggle with the Bard in discomfort and negativity that can only be counter-productive.

Teaching Shakespeare into the Twenty-First Century is by teachers and for teachers. Specifically, it is a collection of essays in which teachers describe their best ideas and experiences as they confront the challenges of bringing Shakespeare alive for students who often feel intimidated and less than eager to participate.

It is on behalf of these students that this book has been prepared. Written by middle school, high school, and college teachers from around the country, the essays record successful efforts at bringing Shakespeare and the student together in fresh, exciting, and productive ways.

From today's performance techniques, designed to make students active participants in the learning process, through a host of extra-textual resources such as festivals and films, to a look at applications of the computer and cyberspace, Teaching Shakespeare into the Twenty-First Century is a book of success stories.

Covering the most contemporary issues, critical theory, and classroom approach, it is designed to provide teachers with a useful, friendly, and forward-looking resource as they continue to make Shakespeare available into the future.

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Due to the influence of school boards, curriculum committees, and popular films, Shakespeare's plays are often taught in American schools. Yet students are often puzzled by or hostile towards the Bard's works. Thirty-two essays by those who have successfully taught Shakespeare at the middle school, high school, and college level offer advice on classroom writing and acting assignments, school productions of plays, theory-based instruction, the use of multimedia, and nontraditional approaches. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821412039
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Pages: 303
  • Sales rank: 1,458,058
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author


Ronald E. Salomone is Professor of English at Ohio University-Chillicothe and the co-editor with James E. Davis of Teaching Shakespeare Today.

James E. Davis is Professor of English at Ohio University and the past president of the National Council of Teachers of English.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
I The Classroom: Language and Writing
1 The Writing Assignment: The Basic Question 3
2 Paraphrasing Shakespeare 11
3 Role-Playing: Julius Caesar 18
4 Writing Down, Speaking Up, Acting Out, and Clowning Around in the Shakespeare Classroom 25
II Performance In and Out of Class
5 Shakespeare in Production 35
6 Teaching the Sonnets with Performance Techniques 43
7 Using Playgrounding to Teach Hamlet 50
8 Professional Theater People and English Teachers: Working Together to Teach Shakespeare 57
9 Mirrors, Sculptures, Machines, and Masks: Theater Improvisation Games 65
III Approaches In and Out of Literary Theory
10 Transhistoricizing Much Ado About Nothing: Finding a Place for Shakespeare's Work in the Postmodern World 81
11 Making Sense of Shakespeare: A Reader-Based Response 96
12 Textual Studies and Teaching Shakespeare 104
13 Team-Teaching Shakespeare in an Interdisciplinary Context 112
14 An Inquiry-Based Approach 120
15 A Whole-Language Approach to A Midsummer Night's Dream 127
IV Beyond Traditional Settings and Approaches
16 "So Quick Bright Things Come to Confusion": Shakespeare in the Heterogeneous Classroom 139
17 Building Shakespearean Worlds in the Everyday Classroom 147
18 Enhancing Response to Romeo and Juliet 154
19 Teaching King Lear 166
20 Images of Hamlet in the Undergraduate Classroom 172
21 What Happens in the Mousetrap: Versions of Hamlet 177
22 Problems with Othello in the High School Classroom 182
V Beyond the Text
23 Uses of Media in Teaching Shakespeare 193
24 Teaching Shakespeare through Film 201
25 When Images Replace Words: Shakespeare, Russian Animation, and the Culture of Television 208
26 Different Daggers: Versions of Macbeth 215
27 "Our Lofty Scene": Teaching Modern Film Versions of Julius Caesar 222
28 Shakespeare Festivals: Materials for the Classroom 232
VI Into the Future
29 Making Media Matter in the Shakespeare Classroom 247
30 Computers in the Secondary Classroom 255
31 Beyond the Gee Whiz Stage: Computer Technology, the World Wide Web, and Shakespeare 262
32 The High-Tech Classroom: Shakespeare in the Age of Multimedia, Computer Networks, and Virtual Space 271
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    Best anthology of articles on Shakespeare pedagogy

    Practical, wise, diverse, and engaging for faculty and students, the essays in this anthology will help teachers guide students at any level of instruction, from elementary schools to graduate seminars and teacher in-service programs. Authors are among the foremost scholar-practitioners in the US.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    Worst book on teaching ever!

    This book shows you how to teach Shakespeare using everything BUT the plays. If you are afraid of thinking or letting others think then this book is for you.

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