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Teaching Shakespeare’s Language: Thou & You


Thou & You: Rank and Emotion   My students know well in advance that I love teaching Shakespeare and drama, so they’re a little surprised when they confront Shakespeare’s language. They always assume I’m some sort of super genius if I can possibly understand that. Who could possibly understand all of those thous and wherefores and yons? Well, I’m not…

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Tips for Teaching Shakespeare


Teaching Shakespeare: Tips & Tricks   Teaching Shakespeare can be a tricky prospect, but here are some tips to help you and your students get the most out of your unit. Students have very different reactions to Shakespeare based on their experiences and expectations. I want to advocate for teaching Shakespeare through performance, and I’ll be talking more about that…

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The Team Behind Shakespeare in 30


Introducing Danielle & Michelle, Shakespeare in 30 Creators   So, I recently worked with my friend Michelle to release a collection of plays to use in the ELA Classroom called Shakespeare in 30. Since we collaborated on this project, I thought I’d take the time to talk a bit about us and how we met. It’s weird for an introvert…

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Staged Readings in ELA – A Play in 5 Days!


Using Staged Readings in ELA   It’s no secret that I love using drama in the ELA classroom, and I’m here today to advocate for using more rehearsed, scripted drama as you teach English. Maybe you’ve avoided this because it has seemed overwhelming. Maybe you think you don’t have enough time. Well, friends, you do! This post will help you…

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Putting on a class play is a lot of work, but it's hugely rewarding. Here are some tips for a successful show! Read more at teachnouvelle.com.

Class Play: A Successful Show


Now, let’s talk about the best part of doing a class play: the performance! This is the fourth part of my class play series, so be sure to check out the posts on Logistics & Prep, Filling Their Toolkit, and Evaluation Ideas. We had two performances of our class play, and this was a good amount for amateur student actors.…

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Help students understand Shakespeare's Language by breaking down the process. Use these engaging activities to introduce the vocabulary, grammar, and rhythms used in his language. Students will also explore Shakespeare's influence on the English language and do some translation. Blog post.

Teaching Shakespeare’s Language


Introducing Shakespeare’s Language Understanding Shakespeare’s Language can seem like a daunting task for students, and many of them give up on a great story because of language that seems too difficult for them. I have always loved Shakespeare’s language (that should have been an early clue that I was bound to be a linguist and an English teacher!), so I…

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It can be challenging to keep students focused and engaged before the Winter Break, but these five tips will help you succeed! Save yourself stress and fatigue and check out these tricks today. Blog post includes a holiday gift freebie!

5 Tips for Teaching before Winter Break


Tips to Save Your Sanity Before Winter Break Teaching in the weeks leading up to Winter Break can be a challenge, you can save your sanity by following a few key tips. It can be hard to keep students’ attention before the holidays: they’re tired, we’re tired, and we all just want to push through. Plus, with various “treats” throughout…

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Evaluating drama can be tricky, but in the ELA classroom, it's important to still hold students accountable. Here's how I assess a variety of skills. This is a mix of objective and subjective assessments every step of the way in the process of putting together a class play. This is applicable for every drama activity in the ELA classroom.

Evaluating Drama in the ELA Classroom


So, you’re considering doing a Class Play or you’ve started practices. Now, you’re wondering how to get students really working and eventually evaluate them. But how do you go about evaluating drama? It’s a process, right? It’s subjective, I hear you saying. Read on to see how I graded students on their effort and achievement in the class play. In…

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The end of school can be crazy, but check out this blog hop full of tips for Calming the Year End Chaos. Tip #8 from Danielle @ Nouvelle: Drama Games!

Calming the Year End Chaos: Tips for Success


Calming the Chaos at the End of the School Year Hello, all! We just had our final exam today, but I know that many of you are still guiding students through the end of the year. It can be a crazy time, and here’s an idea of how I calm the year end chaos. Keep reading to the end to find…

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How to Deal with Irritation in Rehearsal - Ways to Cope & Resolve the stress of directing a high school production.

How to Deal with Irritation in Rehearsal


When You Get Irritated in Rehearsal We are in the last few days of rehearsal for our Spring Musical, and I’ve been thinking about irritation a lot. I’ve been getting and trying to reflect on what makes me so (INFJs for the win!). I got home today from our big Saturday practice (9-3, phew!), and saw that Lisa and Jonathan…

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Drama in the ELA Classroom - Build your students' competence and confidence with these basic drama skills.

Building Drama Know-How in ELA


Drama Skills for the Class Play In the last post, I talked about casting the class play. Now, I want to talk about developing basic drama skills. This will encourage engagement from all students, all the time. This is something that I struggled with in the beginning, but I developed some tools to help my students. If you’re like me,…

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How to Set Up and Cast the Class Play - Use these tips to help integrate Drama in the ELA classroom.

How to Set Up and Cast the Class Play


Drama in ELA: The Class Play In this series, I’m going to share my experiences integrating Drama in ELA and producing a class play with my 9th grade English class. Drama is so engaging for students, but is often put aside because it seems like a lot of work or doesn’t obviously correlate to higher test scores. In this series,…

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Drama in the ELA Classroom: Improv Games


3 Games to Introduce Drama in the ELA Classroom I have loved drama since my 3rd grade class got to be Arabian dancers in the school’s performance of “The Nutcracker”. When I was in middle and high school, I always wanted to do “acting” options for projects, sometimes asking my teachers ridiculous things like “can I show you the parts…

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