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Re: Email Tutoring Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0468  Wednesday, 8 March 2000.

[1]     From:   Stacy Mulder <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 07 Mar 2000 12:46:43 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0461 Email Tutoring Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Skip Nicholson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 22:20:54 -0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 11.0461 Email Tutoring Shakespeare


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From:           Stacy Mulder <
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Date:           Tuesday, 07 Mar 2000 12:46:43 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 11.0461 Email Tutoring Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0461 Email Tutoring Shakespeare

For Brian South:

What a delight to tutor one so young--though gifted--on one of the
Bard's best!

One practice I find enlightening is to have my students do a cross-media
study of MND-even more fun now with additional film versions easily
available.  Depending on just how eager and advanced your student is,
you might give her a small dose of critical theory (Formalism, Feminist,
Freud and Jung) and let her have at the play-both written and film
versions-with those critical ideas in mind. I think she would enjoy
seeing how different critical theories come to the surface with varying
representations of the play. Using theory helps avoid the common trap of
film versions: "Let's compare what is in the written play that is
omitted in the film," etc.

And by all means let her read aloud. If you have access to any helpers
at all, an impromptu dramatization of all or part of the rude
mechanicals' presentation to the wedding party is great fun and adds so
much to understanding some of the issues in the drama. Minimalist props
and costuming (a sandwich board made into "Wall") will give your tutee
some "backstage" experience, too.

Stacy Mulder
Ball State University

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From:           Skip Nicholson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 22:20:54 -0800
Subject: 11.0461 Email Tutoring Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.0461 Email Tutoring Shakespeare

Try the Cambridge School Shakespeare edition of the play. It's got
hundreds of activities-many for small groups, but many that an
individual could do as well.

Cheers,
Skip Nicholson
South Pasadena (CA) HS

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