Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 661.  Tuesday, 19 October 1993.
From:           Steve Urkowitz <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 19 Oct 93 08:37:42 EDT
Subject:        MNSD Teaching Ideas
The best source I know of is the Cambridge School Shakespeare edition prepared
by Linda Buckle and Paul Kelly  (ISBN 0-521-40904-7) about L3 (that tries to be
"three British pounds sterling" $5-6. US?).  Each page of the text (taken from
the most recent Cambridge University Press edition) has a facing page with
activities keyed for individual students, students working in pairs, students
working in small groups of three-four-five, and whole-class events.  The
activities involve inventive games, research activities, writing exercises,
reading aloud games, suggested discussion topics centered on illustrations
that the text provides from productions, etc.  Here's one page's worth:  (at
the top of the page there is a brief summary of the action: "Hermia clings to
Lysander as he insults her and tells her he hates her."  Then:  LYSANDER'S
INSULTS ([an activity] in pairs) Make a list of Lysander's insulting
descriptions of Hermia in lines 25 7-63 (leaving out the racist "Ethiop" and
"tawny Tartar" -- Elizabethans thought that a tan was unladylike, since ladies
didn't walk much in the open air). One person then reads the list at the other:
get as much venom in them as you can."  It goes on with another activity for
pairs, then one for groups of four to six, then another in pairs.  Of course,
we can do many other things with the ways one may want to handle "Ethiop" and
"tawny Tartar," but the licensing of play-acting within a classroom -- the
pedagogical forms -- that this edition offers makes it a valuable guide.
Good luck!
             Steve Pedagogowitz SURCC@CUNYVM

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