Celebrate the bard's birthdayIn case you don't get NCTE's email newsletter, I've cut and pasted some links they recommend:"Voices from...

Celebrate the bard's birthday

In case you don't get NCTE's email newsletter, I've cut and pasted some links they recommend:

  • "Voices from Shakespeare's Day" (E)
  • "Creative Drama through Scaffolded Plays in the Language Arts Classroom" (E)
  • "Where There's a Will, There's a Play" (M)
  • Literary Characters on Trial: Combining Persuasion and Literary Analysis (M-S)
  • "The Bard in the Bathroom: Literary Analysis, Filmmaking, and Shakespeare" (S)
  • "Shakespeare through the Lens of a New Age" (S)
  • "New Rules for Old Literature: Connecting At-Risk Kids to the Classics 'Commando Style'" (S)
  • "Engaging with Shakespeare through Translation" (C)
  • "Using Shakespeare's Plays to Teach Critical Thinking and Writing Skills" (C)
Expert Answers
Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Nothing better than waking up in the morning on April 23rd and finding three or four texts from former students who wanted to wish me a happy Will S. day!  Ahhh...warms the heart.

Here's what I say:  math people celebrate "pi day" and no one really uses that in real life (okay, so I'm exaggerating a little).  How much more should we celebrate Shakespeare, whose language and characters permeate our culture--whether the uninformed realize it or not.

Thanks for sharing, all.  I'm reading this series of postings in June, two months after the fact, and I'm all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it.

malibrarian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

YAY, Linda!  Thanks for posting all of that!

I came across a neat site today - The Shakespeare Papers - looks really interesting!!


We had cake today at school for Shakespeare's 444th birthday, and I showed "Henry V" in my classroom.  I also had a matching worksheet of famous quotes to the correct plays - the winners got to pick out a paperback copy of one of his plays as their prize!  Too much fun! :)

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Great ideas - thanks so much for a number of resources we can use to promote "The Bard's Birthday"! I always find that promoting dates like this really help to place emphasis on Shakespeare and involve even students who don't necessarily "connect" with literature that much. Any other stories of how teachers have celebrated Will's birthday in school or ideas you can share?!

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Thank you so much for this!  I am responsible for Shakespeare Day, and I have no idea what to do.  This will really be helpful for me.  I have some ideas, including performances and an Elizabethan Faire, but this will help send me on my way!  I am glad to have found them, because I have never taught at a school that does this kind of thing before.

jsmckenna eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As corny as we can be, we professors all sent our favorite quotes to the whole college email address book all day.  It was so cool to see 10 to 20 emails with the "re" being "the bard's b-day!"  I think even those who don't like Shakespeare got an eye-opening to all of the fabulous quotes we found.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You are MY hero, Linda.  I love Shakespeare, and even though I wasn't in class yesterday (I was given the dubious honor of being selected to assess our school's senior portfolios all day), my students had a birthday party for Will.  Hats off to you for posting these links...I'll save them for use next year!  :)

kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Thanks, Linda!  I am stoked because I just bought The Complete Works of William Shakespeare at Barnes and Noble.  It is a wonderful edition with an "antique" looking cover.  I'm so very proud of it!

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm glad you all are pleased with this info. By the way, the letters in parentheses indicate suggested grade level: Elem, Middle, Secondary, College.

alexb2 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Good stuff, thanks Linda.

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