To Be or Not to Be

Another great find in O'Donnell-Allen and St. Romain's unit plan was this inspirational talk by Bob Shumaker. In it, he talks about resilience and the necessity for communication with others.  As I was thinking about this in connection with both Hamlet's soliloquy and Daniel Beaty's "Knock, Knock," I began to see that the thing that made these moments so powerful was the lack of communication....
My school has a 90 minute block schedule. We had already finished Of Mice and Men and Hamlet, and we had made connections to the overarching theme of resilience throughout. Day 1 To get the students used to the soliloquy, I had the groups write it out on butcher paper so they could read it while being filmed. At the same time, the groups were looking up information on the speech—trying to figure...
Cindy O'Donnell Allen and Jenny St. Romain created and team taught a unit on resilience at Fossil Ridge High School. Their fulcrum text was Hamlet, and groups of students also read an outside reading book to see how resilience plays out in various ways.  They found many different lenses to consider resilience under, and put them together in a nice web page for the students to look at on the first...
With the resources I had, I believed the students could come to an understanding of what resilience was all about. But, I needed a way for them to show what they had learned. I had been considering having them act out a scene from the play in small groups. I had done this in college, and I still remember the people who were in the performance with me. Yet, when I had tried this with students in...
In my junior level American Literature classes, we need to cover a play by Shakespeare each year to be able to meet our Common Core State Standards. Last year, however, I just couldn't figure out how to connect a Shakespeare play to one of the fulcrum texts we were already reading in class-at least not in a meaningful package that would be linked with my learning goals.  Then, I found a great...