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Dolly Edwards: New Tech learners modernize Shakespeare

Published 8:59pm Monday, May 14, 2012

New Tech learners are going above and beyond the norm in American Studies.

Not only are they learning about the complex writings of Shakespeare, they acted it out Monday.

On Friday, a troupe of the Four Flags Players was at Niles New Tech teaching the ins and outs of acting Shakespeare.

Learners were put into groups of four and picked a scene to act out at the end of their project.

Learners had the choice of rewriting the script and making it more modern.

“It’s funny everyone thinks that ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is about love, but its actually about two teenagers killing themselves because their parents hate each other,” said one of the students.

To learn the material thoroughly, the learners analyzed the characters’ importance in each act as well as key literary terms while taking periodic quizzes.

Some learners told me ‘Romeo and Juliet’ wasn’t their favorite project, but they were excited to act it out.

Learning the stage lingo was an exciting part of learning how to act.

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