Reflection: High Quality Task How to Woo A Wife: "The Taming of the Shrew" 2.1 - Section 2: Run Through the Scenes


To the untrained, performance activities may look like a lot of goofing around. Nothing could be more inaccurate. 

Here's what the Folger Shakespeare Library says about performance pedagogy: 

We've found that performance-based teaching can be effective with all kinds of students at every grade level. The crucial element of performance often makes a connection that traditional teaching methods may not.

But what do we mean by performance-based teaching?

Here's our definition:

Performance-based teaching is...

an interactive approach to the study of literature, particularly Shakespeare's plays and poems, in which students participate in a close reading of text through intellectual, physical, and vocal engagement.

Even the most distinguished academic scholars recognize the value of learning through performance. Jay Halio, editor of the Cambridge editions of Shakespeare's plays, and Stephen Dickey, professor at UCLA, among other scholars from some of the nations top universities work with scholars and teachers at the bi-annual Teaching Shakespeare Institute to train teachers in the use of performance pedagogy combined with scholarship and pedagogy. 

  Why Performance and What is It?
  High Quality Task: Why Performance and What is It?
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How to Woo A Wife: "The Taming of the Shrew" 2.1

Unit 9: "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare: Unmasking a Troubling Text
Lesson 5 of 16

Objective: SWBAT cite textual evidence to support an analysis of Petruchio's plan to marry Kate.

Big Idea: Performance pedagogy supports close reading of texts.

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