You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go.
-Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


a) What do you know about Hamlet, the "Melancholy Dane"? 
Honestly, all I know is that Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s great works and that it is often taught in high school. I know nothing of the Melancholy Dane.

 b) What do you know about Shakespeare? 
As for Shakespeare I know he was a great writer that made a dent in the literature world. He is very well known for Romeo & Juliet.

c) Why do so many students involuntarily frown when they hear the name "Shakespeare"? 
The Old English is difficult to understand and when students do not understand they tend to loose interest. It also takes much more effort from the reader to understand the storyline rather than any other novel. The fact that all of his works were written such a long time ago also plays a part in that. Students want to read modern novels.

d) What can we do to make studying this play an amazing experience we'll never forget?

Collaborating and reading in groups and as a class would be great. I always learn more when more brains are involved J. We should alternate from group readings to class discussions the next. This way we have the chance to help our peers understand the play, and if our peers are doubtful about something we can discuss it as a class and Dr. Preston. If we would like to get more creative we can even play jeopardy with comprehension questions that would allow the whole class to get involved and understand what they did not.   

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