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Students will choose a scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays and reenact the scene in a modern setting. This reenactment will be recorded using digital video. Students will add commentary to the video. Throughout this commentary, they will discuss why they chose the scene, its importance to the overall play, and reasons why they chose to modernize the scene as they did.
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The lesson was really good. It helps students decide amongst themselves about roles and teamwork. It also makes the plan in advance on how to do this and when to meet. I think it would benefit to have students translate the scene into modern English to not only help them understand the scene, but to help them understand more of Shakespeare's language and works.
I think the incorporation of technology is pretty good. Not only do they have to edit but they also have to have commentary which keeps them focus on Shakespeare.
This is assuming the focus is on Shakespeare which wasn't clearly define in the lesson plan. Also, how feasible this idea can be....is another story.
I felt as though this was a very interesting and modern twist to working with Shakespeare. To most high school students Shakespeare can be seen as very boring due to the complexity of the old English. By making the students play roles and to memorize lines really allows the students to really analyze the literature which results in a deeper understanding. On top of this the students are exposed to recording and editing equipment really incorporates both skills. I like this lesson plan a lot.
Though almost every high school student has had to re-enact Shakespeare at some point, this lesson plan does a good job of incorporating new technology into an old lesson. I think, though, that this would be a better project for a technology class, rather than an English class, where proper writing skills become a bigger focus at this level. However, it would be a good way to link the two classes. All around good lesson; I especially thought the resource links were helpful.
This lesson plan goes into great detail on the project and it gives great ideas to take it outside of the classroom and share it, instead of it just being a school project. I like that the students will be working in groups because it seems as though it is quite a load. I think this lesson could be better if the students know and understand Shakespeare. It does not seem to make them understand. They are just putting a modern twist on it, but it is only listed at the bottom as a suggestion to research Shakespeare and his life and culture.
This lesson plan is very good as it utilizes two subjects for one project. Students strengthen their knowledge of shakespeare and poetry through a modern perspective and use technology to capture the moment. The lesson plan does a great job of breaking down the steps required for each section and is created to travel out of the classroom and expand one's thinking and understanding of poetry through renaissance festivals and other related topics. However, the sequence of events are not as clear and defined in my opinion. I had to read this lesson plan at least 2-3 times to understand the shifting of events from a classroom group project to ongoing self-facilitated learning through the arts.
This seems like a fun project to learn about Shakespeare, but i believe that this would work only in the right kind of school. First the project requires a lot of students time after class. This lesson plan would work if students did not have any after school programs, or other obligation. Second is that not all students will have a computer to edit the movie. I believe that some schools do not even have editing programs, or computers. Thus if the students wanted to stay after school to work on the project, they could not. One has to also take in account the shyness of students on cameras also, which could make the learning experience not that worth while.
I really liked the idea of this lesson. I think that having students translate Shakespeare into a modern context makes it much easier for students to process the material. Having to take a scene from a text and modernize it requires students to have a very accurate context of his written word, which will help them understand his command of the English Language at the time.
The only critique I really have about the lesson is that it calls for students to film themselves in the scene, and then add their audio commentary explaining their project OVER the actual scene. I think that adding commentary over the scene will make it difficult for the class, who do not know how each scene the other groups are doing will be adapted, to understand what is happening if they are trying listen to the scene itself, while also processing their classmates commentary. I think that it might be better to have the students show the edited scenes for their classmates, and then turn a separate file into the teacher with their audio commentary added to the track.
First, I feel that this lesson plan will be very engaging and interesting! Although I suspect the students will initially hold back from putting their all into the project, namely the portions where they have to act, I think this project will be a great way to get the students out of their chairs and participating immediately. The project is going to be a great way to bring the students out of their shells, as well as getting them to perform at their optimum capacity through videography. In my experience, video taping not only gives the students more ambition to give forth more effort, it also allows them to make mistakes and learn from them, but also the ability to still produce their best work by doing "retakes" and the proper video editing. With that being said, I think it is possible that some more detail could have been placed in and around the video editing portion of this lesson plan. For example, what video editing software are the students going to be using? Also, are the students expected to know how to use this software or is it in the curriculum for them to take 5 minutes to go through a tutorial online? I think this will be the biggest issue when taking on this lesson plan.
I like how video editing software and recording technology is being integrated into the lesson. Educators must keep in mind to make sure that the students are given instruction for the editing software and other technology prior to the activity. :)
I really liked this lesson plan. A great idea and the lesson provides lots of information so the student can understand without confusion. I loved that they was plenty of links provided for Shakespeare insults. I also like the ides the teacher gave to expand on the lesson. This makes it easier for students then having to have to search Google. The only problem I had with the lesson is the video commentary. I think it would be for me to focus on the modern scene and have to listen to the actors commentary at the same time. I think in their video they should provide the option of watching the video first and them watching it with the commentary on.
I like how the lesson includes both the prep time and the expected time it will require in the class (weeks/days).
Additionally, I love the use of technology in this lesson. Allowing students to make a video sets very broad limitations and allows students to tap into their creativity. From personal experience, as a former HS student, when reading Shakespeare I really enjoyed the assignments that allowed me to interpret it in a manner unique to me. I believe most students thrive in this sort of setting.
The only critique I would have is regarding students access to a video camera. This may not in actuality be such a hard item to come across since there are these capabilities in phones, tablets, and laptops which are all very common. However, I believe it's important to consider how and will these common devices be able to transfer the content in an efficient manner, if at all. Will the video prove to be too long, or will there be conflicts with converting the video. I only present this because it is a dilemma I've come across on my tablet, and I was forced to send a forty minute video in three minutes clips. VERY TEDIOUS!
Other than that, I really enjoyed this lesson.
I really like that this lesson plan adds a twist to learning Shakespeare. Although the idea of modernizing a scene and reenacting it is not one I have never heard of, the addition of set making, costumes and video taping to make a final project with commentary to explain the choices the students made is an interesting change to an old idea. I think that students would be very engaged through out this lesson and find it a lot of fun. However, this being said, this lesson done as is would take a very large chunk of your time in the classroom. 3 to four weeks for the students to essentially only become familiar with one scene of one of Shakespeare's many plays seems like a lot of time for a little knowledge gain. By allowing the students to do the same project but maybe remove the set design and making costumes aspect, it may be a bit more practical. Also wondering how the commentary would work without over taking the actual modernized speech. Overall though it is a great Idea that could definitely be tweaked to make a fun and engaging classroom experience with technology integration.
The technology integration in the lesson is well thought out and makes the goals of the lesson easier to achieve as well as making the lesson more engaging for students. However, it's rather open ended on the instruction end. It states that groups should organize themselves into roles, but does not provide any examples of what constitutes a good role. Similarly, it states that the project should be worked on in multiple hour chunks over a period of 3-4 weeks, but does not break the timetable down further, which may leave some groups directionless. If this is designed as a template for a teacher to adapt into their classroom and is supposed to serve as a jumping off point it is great. If it's intended to be executable as is, I believe it needs more direction and attention to classroom management.
Students will master the content from their Shakespearean scenes by converting their understanding of the scene to modern English. This activity not only allows students to interpret the text, but also create a new product using technology--thus it incorporates multiple levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. Students could have a great deal of fun creating insults, backdrops, costumes, dialogue, etc--making Shakespeare come alive and demonstrating the enduring legacy of Shakespeare in the 21st century.
The lesson rubric seems to be a bit bare given the complexity of the activities. Students will have to put a great deal of effort into video editing, commentary, etc--categories which I feel were not given much value in the rubric. I would like to see the rubric be more representative of the scope of the lesson. Also, I would worry that students would have a bit of trouble incorporating both the acting and the commentary during one five minute video--this seems like a bit much for students to fit into the project given the time constraints.
This lesson incorporates a large range of educational tools from editing video to know shakespeare. I enjoy that this lesson wants students to use what they have learned from reading shakespeare and incorporating it into today's time. I think that using this as like a culminating project would be a great idea!
I think that this lesson plan is a little to detailed for an average lesson, but if you were to do this in a long unit it may not be very useful.