I think how this exposure to the archaic text exposes the text right back. It’s noisy, a mash-up, a text slamming into the present moment, split open, banged. What does that look like in the classroom, what does that sound like? It is not anyone’s ideal. It’s rowdy, boisterous, demanding and crude. And sounds, improbably enough, a lot like Shakespeare.
Here’s a fantastic read in the New York Times. It’s a stream-of-consciousness piece written by English teacher Claire Needell Hollander about teaching Macbeth to seventh and eighth graders.
Check it out. You’ll love it.
What’s the earliest exposure you had to Shakespeare?