Reflection: High Quality Task What's Your Sentence? "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow"? Introducing "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Teaching Macbeth Using Performance Pedagogy from The Folger Shakespeare Library


Perhaps those who do not understand the cognitive complexity of performance, using a pedagogical approach build on performance may not seem like an exercise in critical thinking, but it is. Performance requires a much higher level of thinking than does passive learning where the teacher lectures and the students take notes. Students must use multiple intelligences when creating a performance. They must examine both what a text says and what it leaves uncertain, especially with Shakespeare because he uses few stage directions. They must decide what to edit. They must understand complex linguistic structures. Each vocal utterance and physical movement requires precision. Students can't hide in the corner when they must perform. For the student and for the teacher, performance pedagogy requires respect, trust, and risk. But the rewards are so much more satisfying, and if my Facebook feed is any indication, engaging students in performance tasks will remain among their fond memories of high school. 

  Performance Pedagogy Requires Critical Thinking
  High Quality Task: Performance Pedagogy Requires Critical Thinking
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What's Your Sentence? "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow"? Introducing "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare

Unit 8: Oh, Horror! Horror! Horror! "The Tragedy of Macbeth"
Lesson 1 of 13

Objective: SWBAT reflect on the life they each want to live by looking into the future, imaging their lives as though each has come to the end, and composing a sentence based on the "What's Your Sentence?" project.

Big Idea: "Tomorrow creeps in...from day to day," so we need a sentence to guide us into the future.

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English / Language Arts, Shakespeare, Classics (Literature), Dramatic Arts, Performance Pedagogy, Folger Shakespeare Library, Macbeth, Daniel Pink, One Sentence Project, literarture
  90 minutes
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