Teaching Shakespeare!

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Shakespeare at His Best

Shakespeare for Students with Special Needs ~by Christopher Shamburg  On  June 5th the students of A. Harry Moore School in Jersey City gave two public performances of Macbeth.   A. Harry Moore a special education school that services students ages 3-21 with various medical, physical, and cognitive disabilities.  It is the laboratory school of New Jersey City… Continue Reading »


Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II

The Anglophiles among you may have spent the morning watching (or streaming) the live coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration. The reigning monarch of Britain has spent 60 years on the throne, and is still beloved and revered by her subjects. Shakespeare’s own Queen Elizabeth (the first of that name), was one of… Continue Reading »


Big Drama. Better Writing.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32oQvMusxac] An ad released today for Minnesota’s Great River Shakespeare Festival parodies Bravo’s plethora of “Real Housewives” with their summer lineup of Shakespearean leading ladies. On the surface, it’s just good fun – Lady M tearing up that there is more to her than just being “evil,” Goneril throwing a hissy fit about being… Continue Reading »


As Schoolboys from their Books

The end of the school year is ticking ever-nearer. Final papers and projects are turned in, you’re running low on time to grade them, and even lower on ideas for classroom activities that are simultaneously not movies or graded projects while report cards are finalized and the students are still in class. Whatever the case, perhaps these… Continue Reading »


"My love is thine to teach: teach it but how,

And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn” ~Much Ado About Nothing Act I, Scene i. Yesterday Carol Ann and I got to lead a School Visit Workshop which I had been looking forward to since winter. I don’t usually get to lead this program, as it’s one the Docents have ably developed… Continue Reading »


The Globe to Globe Festival on Your Computer

As I mentioned in my post, “Oh, to Be in England” on May 3,  Shakespeare’s Globe is presenting a marathon of 37 plays with acting companies from around the world. But if you can’t get to the Globe to Globe Festival, there is now an alternative. A UK site called The Space is running  full-length videos of them… Continue Reading »