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Friday, February 21 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
How to Avoid Death by Shakespeare

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By ELA 30, students have worked through multiple Shakespeare plays and sonnets at the behest of their teachers. More often than not, this means reading the play aloud, looking at important passages, and watching the movie. Try as we might, even by grade 12, you will hear students lament having to read "old" English. They don't understand the language and look to us for explication. Which let's face it, we often love to give when it comes to Shakespeare. But what if you could give students a way to buy in, a way to read the play and understand it, and a way to create something novel and exciting based on their understanding? Over the past 7 years teaching in Alberta, I have been exploring a Shakespeare project that allows students choice in the play they wish to study and choice in the way they choose to present their knowledge. The whole unit takes 3 weeks and 2 days. And at the end of that time, students come away with a greater knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Shakespeare then they had going in. This session will walk you through that process and provide you with a new tool for teaching Shakespeare.


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Glen 209 Calgary Telus Convention Centre