May/June 2017

Post date: Jun 2, 2017 6:06:39 PM

Starting in early May, the students in 8th grade have been studying Shakespeare and his work. To begin with, the students had an exciting opportunity to take part in an educational workshop called "Shakesperience". The workshop brought two professional actors to the school, and the students participated in performing scenes from a variety of plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The students seemed to enjoy the workshop very much.

Afterward, we dove into our work on Romeo and Juliet. This began with an analysis of the prologue, which is written as a sonnet. Then, we began reading and taking notes on the play itself. As we continue to read/perform the play, we will watch scenes from a variety of productions of the play in order to understand the role that interpretation plays a role in an audience/readers understanding. As well, we will carefully monitor the dramatic irony that serves as one of the main plot devices of the story. While reading this great piece of literature can be challenging for middle-school students, I hope that the students have been able to enjoy the play while they learn about it.