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Shakespeare, the Famous English Chunk Writer
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0628  Monday, 8 March 2004

From:           John V. Knapp <
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Date:           Friday, 5 Mar 2004 16:55:08 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: SHK 15.0610 Shakespeare, the Famous English
Comment:        Response to Re: SHK 15.0610 Shakespeare, the Famous English
Chunk Writer

Bob G. --

You make my point exactly. Had you a teacher who could have imparted a
love for the theater generally and Shakespeare in particular, you might
have "picked up" what you did on your own but years earlier.  Said
teacher would have found ways of scaffolding your reading/viewing until
you were able to do so on your own.  Instead, some believe that "drill
and kill," and worksheets (tools of the devil) must be pushed on
teenagers in order to make sure they "learn" Macbeth, or Romeo & Juliet,
and in doing so, kill whatever interest in both the poetry and the drama
that might have otherwise been sparked.

I tell my English teacher education students that teaching Shakespeare
well is one of the more difficult tasks any HS literature teacher
undertakes, and in teaching well, one gradually works his/her way out of
a job.

Cheers,
JVK

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