Utilizing Great TV Writing to Appreciate Shakespeare

We’re using this great PBS show to appreciate character development in our Shakespeare’s Comedies class. In particular, this documentary helped us appreciate strong female characters as well as the most comic archetype that finds a way to express ideas that most audience members fear to articulate, the misfit. This study enabled us to appreciate Viola and Feste better with our reading of Twelfth Night. Follow along with the class if you want to see how  each student chose to analyze their favorite misfit archetype in today’s culture. Do you think their claims “fit” the character?  Click here for more: https://digitalcrowsnest.wordpress.com/category/shakespeares-comedies-class/  We will continue to use our special Shakespeare Twitter account to connect with more enthusiasts and scholars of Shakespeare; follow our work on that front from this link: https://twitter.com/The_Wit_of_Will  Here’s how we are also using the movie Shakespeare in Love to enhance our learning of Shakespeare’s early days in London: http://shakespeare-comedies.wikispaces.com/Shakespeare+in+Love

About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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