The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2322 Wednesday, 10 December 2003
Date: Tuesday, 9 Dec 2003 10:32:43 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?
Comment: Re: SHK 14.2305 Shakespeare for Kids?
Your colleague might want to look at the "Shakespeare Can Be Fun" series
by Lois Burdett. Each "playtext" includes a version of the play that
her elementary school students perform (in rhyming couplets, if I'm
remembering correctly) interspersed with drawings and short writings
from the students about the play.
The student writings are actually quite interesting for what they
demonstrate about children's capacity for understanding not only
Shakespearean themes but also language. Burdett has an essay in a
recent collection: _Reimagining Shakespeare for Children and Young
Adults_, ed. Naomi J. Miller (Routledge, 2003) that details her methods
in teaching and performing Shakespeare with children, which your
colleague might find interesting, as well. I'm a contributor to the
volume, so I'll own up to the plug--but the collection takes up the
issue of adaptation from a theoretical as well as a pedagogical
perspective, and your colleague might find several essays that are
relevant to her project.
Hope this is helpful.
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