edu180atl: colette bennett 5.9.12
Not every 9th grader knows the story of Romeo and Juliet. Today, Nick read the verse aloud, “Here’s to my love!/O true apothecary!/Thy drugs are quick. /Thus, with a kiss, I die,” and fell to the ground.
The students in my classroom momentarily sat in a palpable stunned realization. “He dies?” started as a murmur. “But Juliet’s still alive!”
The chorus of voices grew louder. “He’s dead!”
“She doesn’t know!” followed by an audible, “This sucks.”
Never doubt the power of Shakespeare to engage an audience.
About the Author: Colette Marie Bennett is an English/Social Studies Dept Chair with 20 years of teaching grades 6-12 expereince; blogs about increasing classroom libraries & education at http://usedbookclassroom.wordpress.com/.