4th Grade: Starting Shakespeare

Looking at Shakespeare through the eyes of these fourth graders has been most entertaining so far.  So often, Shakespeare’s language can intimidate, but these kids are embracing it completely.

I started our study of Shakespeare by chirping a website of well-known Shakespearean quotes to the kids iPads. The 4th graders perused the site for a quote that struck them.  They had to think about what the quote might mean, what they think the play might be about (based on the quote), and they had to memorize and act the quote out.  Boy did they get into this project.  They used props, costumes, anything they could find. Enjoy their performance.

This week we explored Shakespeare’s, The Tempest.  The kids read a 60 second summary and we watched a claymation version of the story.  The kids created a quick comic of the beginning, middle and end of the story using an app called Comic Book.  I discovered that we need to work on summary. 🙂

Last week, I gave the kids a quote from The Tempest to memorize.  I am thrilled that all but 2 students had their quote memorized and obviously well practiced.  I don’t know what I was thinking, but didn’t video the kids performing.  I caught four of the kids as they walked out the door.

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