Reflection: Perseverance Unmasking Kate in "The Taming of the Shrew": An Interview with Professors Jay Halio and Stephen Dickey - Section 4: An Interview with Two Scholars: Professor Jay Halio and Professor Stephen Dickie Talk about Kate


Although GIST is designed for students to summarize on their own, I often helped students clarify information in the interview by rephrasing some of the ideas the scholars articulate, by pausing to define terms such as metadrama and offering an example of metafiction from The Book Thief, which students read last year; by inviting students to focus on what they know and understand rather than what they don't know.

Also, I supported their learning by reminding them that the play is about disguised characters watching a play with actors who are also wearing disguises. At any time one of the professors used a term the students didn't know, I clarified the term for them. For example, when Professor Dickey describes the induction as a frame, I told students to think about it as a picture frame that surrounds an image. That prompted one student to proclaim, "Oh, is it a play within a play?" Rather than saying, "Duh, that's what we've been talking about," I said, "That's absolutely right. Shakespeare wrote three plays that are plays within a play: Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Taming of the Shrew.

Even though the concepts in the interview are difficult, the work students have done with the play have prepared them to listen to the professors, and many voiced pleasure at both the opportunity to hear the interviews and to learn GIST. Finally, they asked questions about the Folger, which expands their world view of a place, Washington D.C., most know by name only. 

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Unmasking Kate in "The Taming of the Shrew": An Interview with Professors Jay Halio and Stephen Dickey

Unit 9: "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare: Unmasking a Troubling Text
Lesson 13 of 16

Objective: SWBAT analyze the argument that by the end of "The Taming of the Shrew" Kate is unmasked to reveal her true self.

Big Idea: Seeing Kate as an unmasked woman challenges the argument that the play is sexist.

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English / Language Arts, scholarship, The Taming of the Shrew, GIST Summary, Folger Shakespeare Library
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