"Treating the text as a script will forever change the way I teach Shakespeare."
–Teacher,Curie High School, Chicago (CPS)
It comes as no surprise to anyone who has studied Shakespeare in school that his plays pose a real challenge to students—and to teachers. They also offer enormous, incomparable opportunities. In addition to developing convenient “one-stop-shop” backgrounders on Shakespeare’s plays, Chicago Shakespeare designs drama-based teaching strategies that can help student of all reading levels to comprehend and engage with Shakespeare and other challenging texts. By using some of the same techniques that enable actors to break open Shakespeare’s language and capture the emotion, intention and meaning behind the words, teachers engage their students with text in interactive and authentically engaging ways. Introducing drama-based strategies into the classroom offers teachers a powerful tool for increasing fluency and comprehension, encouraging empathy, and exploring character perspective and choices.
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