Reflection: Joy The Globe Theatre Challenge! - Section 2: The Globe Theatre Building Challenge


Throughout the course of my teaching career, an issue seems to come up again and again. For lack of a better term, I will call this the "not allowed" syndrome.   Teachers will say that they are "not allowed" to do teach grammar, or grade for spelling, or play games, or watch films.  Whatever it is, teachers will tell you that you/we/she/he is "not allowed" to do something...and then often, the teacher will go on to say "But I do it anyway."

This is our nature, isn't it?  One can joke and say that teachers are, naturally, rule-makers not rule-followers.  But really, we do what we think is best.  Those of us who have been doing it a while feel confident in our judgment of what works with kids. Allowed or not allowed, if we think it is good, we do it.

That's how I feel about this Globe Theatre Challenge.  I do think that it helps students build background understanding that helps them interpret these plays that were written before our country even existed.  But the real reason I do it is because it's fun and it builds community.  I want to go into this unit with the rosy glow of teamwork and "can-do" surrounding us, so that when we get to something really hard -- like the Queen Mab speech -- we can draw on those good feelings and work together on that, too.

Some teachers say Shakespeare is too hard for eighth graders.  In the words of my students, I say,  "We got this."

  Is this "allowed?"
  Joy: Is this "allowed?"
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The Globe Theatre Challenge!

Unit 2: Romeo and Juliet
Lesson 2 of 12

Objective: SWBAT continue to build understanding of Shakespeare and his theatre world by learning about -- and constructing -- a Globe Theatre.

Big Idea: Teamwork will carry us through this challenge...and the difficulties that the language of this play will present.

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