|coolest game that we found at a library book sale about 15 years ago|
I spent the morning with our Charlotte Mason high school group, The Hive.So exciting to see them slowly come alive and own their learning as much of this method is new to many of the students. Connections are being made by the students between all the subjects – current events, science, citizenship, geography, composition, and more – showing the students that no subject is an island. I just fall in love with learning all over again when I see this happening. Eventually, I will write much more on this fine group of young people and our learning adventure.
|another great Shakespeare book illustrated by those Provensens|
For today, I have a few Shakespeare resources that I have found helpful. Our TBG Community is reading/narrating/experiencing Romeo and Juliet. If we aren’t going to put on a performance of the Shakespeare play we are doing, I have the students choose recitation pieces. To simplify matters, I give them the choices. This website, Shakespeare’s Monologues, helps me to select the most famous monologues and cuts down on my prep time by oodles. It even separates them into men’s and women’s monologues by play.
The second resource is Shakespeare’s Storybook w/CD by Patrick Ryan and James Mayhew. We listened to “The Hill of Roses”, based on a poem called The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet – the material Shakespeare based R & J on. We were discussing how much of what Shakespeare wrote was “borrowed” from older stories, folktales, and poems. Thinking hard, they remembered acting out the story of Pyramis and Thisbe from A Midsummer Night’s Dream years ago…another precursor to Romeo and Juliet! I think it surprised them that he could do that and it wasn’t considered plagiarism. My kids just listen to this for fun, giving them great stories and often times a head start on the Shakespeare plays we encounter.
From joy to joy,
|illustration from the Provensen book|