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Reading Shakespeare with Young Adults

by Mary Ellen Dakin

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Reading Shakespeare with Young Adults

Grades 9 – 12
Type Book
Pages 233
Published January 2011
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English



In Reading Shakespeare with Young Adults, Mary Ellen Dakin seeks to help teachers better understand not just how to teach the Bard’s work, but also why.

By celebrating the collaborative reading of Shakespeare’s plays, Dakin explores different methods for getting students engaged—and excited—about the texts as they learn to construct meaning from Shakespeare’s sixteenth-century language and connect it to their twenty-first-century lives.

Filled with teacher-tested classroom activities, this book draws on often-taught plays, including:

  • Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Macbeth
  • Julius Caesar
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The ideas and strategies presented here are designed to be used with any of the Bard’s plays and are intended to help all populations of students—mainstream, minority, bilingual, advanced, at-risk.

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