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  •  i attribute my obnoxiousness to my love (1+ / 0-)
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    nuclear winter solstice

    of reading, too many big words for everyone else to deal with. mom being a teacher, i learned to read before kindergarten, it was expected. dangerous thing to do, i just ran wild in libraries small to large. i'd start at one end of a shelf, and work my way to the other, then start on the next shelf. i always had a book in my hand, and i've read all of vidal, some better than others, but all readable. being a catholic school student, i think my reading scared the nuns (mom taught in the school), god only knows what heathen books i was getting from the base library (we were stationed at quantico MCB).

    to any english lit teachers out there, do yourself a favor, don't try and teach shakespeare as books to be read, that's not what he wrote them as, and they read poorly. your students will be absolutely bored to tears, and probably hate shakespeare from that point on. rather, have them read them as though they were reading lines for a play, which is what they are. they'll make a lot more sense, and your students won't be nearly as put off.

    just a suggestion, from one who has done both, and acted in a few. makes all the difference.

    •  my college roommate and I took Shakespeare (0+ / 0-)

      together and sat across the room from each other reading alternate lines aloud in order to understand it. It was hard to keep track of who was reading which part so we just read alternately instead. Worked great.

      "Had we gone the invasion route, the US could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land." -- George H. W. Bush, "A World Transformed," 1998 memoir (explaining why the US did not occupy Iraq in the 1991 "Desert Storm" war)

      by nuclear winter solstice on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 09:37:33 AM PDT

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