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Teaching Shakespeare has often proven to be a challenge for modern high school teachers. Many students shy away from what they often see as a foreign language. To manage this, some teachers hold to the “traditional method”: students read at home, come to class, and listen to the teacher explain important passages. This approach tends to dilute what could potentially be one of the richest learning experiences of high school. How do teachers plan their methods in order to engage and connect with modern students?

Two methods have stood out among recent scholarship in the field: incorporating student performance, and incorporating modern technology and film. My paper proposes a plan that synthesizes these two teaching methods, gaining the benefits from both approaches, adding others, and eliminating some of the disadvantages. Through adhering to this proposed synthesis, students will advance in skills related to interpretation, speaking, listening, presenting, and becoming good online citizens.

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Gideon Burton

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A Synthesis of Shakespeare Teaching Methods: Technology and Performance

Teaching Shakespeare has often proven to be a challenge for modern high school teachers. Many students shy away from what they often see as a foreign language. To manage this, some teachers hold to the “traditional method”: students read at home, come to class, and listen to the teacher explain important passages. This approach tends to dilute what could potentially be one of the richest learning experiences of high school. How do teachers plan their methods in order to engage and connect with modern students?

Two methods have stood out among recent scholarship in the field: incorporating student performance, and incorporating modern technology and film. My paper proposes a plan that synthesizes these two teaching methods, gaining the benefits from both approaches, adding others, and eliminating some of the disadvantages. Through adhering to this proposed synthesis, students will advance in skills related to interpretation, speaking, listening, presenting, and becoming good online citizens.