Teaching Shakespeare into the Twenty-First Century

Teaching Shakespeare into the Twenty-First Century

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by Ronald E. Salomone
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821412039
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Pages:
303
Sales rank:
1,264,722
Product dimensions:
7.03(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.73(d)

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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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Teaching Shakespeare into the Twenty-First Century 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.