The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #86624 Message #1613124
Posted By: Peace
24-Nov-05 - 06:19 PM
Thread Name: shakespeare
Subject: RE: shakespeare
Right now, I have two Grade 8 students who have memorized Act 2, Scene 2 from Romeo and Juliet (more commonly called the balcony scene. They do it well, Another has memorized "To be or not to be" from Hamlet. Another the "Is this a dagger I see before me" from Macbeth. Another--Mark Antony speaking to the body of Caesar. Another the "Friends, Romans, Countrymen . . .". Another has committed "Give me liberty or give me death" by Patrick Henry to memory (all 1200 words of it, and after she presents it one feels like fighting the British). Another will be doing "The Gettysburg Address", another--well, you get the idea.
I will not under any circumstance sell kids or their abilities to the lowest bidder (which is usually the old cop out: Gee, I can't do THAT! or Gee, that's too hard for a thirteen-year-old). I got a hot flash. NO, it ain't!
Some students will have to do things that are somewhat easier, but they WILL do it and be proud of themselves for doing so.