Archive for November, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fun Fact for Thanksgiving Day:  Although the word “thanks” comes up many times in the Bard’s plays, the word “thanksgiving” appears only twice.

  • “I cannot stay thanksgiving.” – Berowne, Love’s Labor’s Lost
  • “There’s not a soldier of us all that in the thanksgiving before meat do relish the petition well that prays for peace.” – First Gentleman, Measure for Measure



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What is ESU Shakespeare 400?

April 23, 1616:  William Shakespeare died in Stratford-upon-Avon in England, and his legacy began.

Around the globe, theaters, universities, museums and schools will celebrate the plays and sonnets and their impact from Renaissance England to the entire world today.

The English-Speaking Union, a leader in Shakespeare education in America, celebrates this legacy through the hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and members who have participated in our National Shakespeare Competition, workshops and classes for educators in the US and UK, and lectures and events across the country.

Please join us for these events and more in 2016

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Don’t miss these exciting sessions on Shakespeare:
  • Celebrating Literacy Beyond the Classroom
    Presented by The English-Speaking Union (Booth #541)
    Friday, November 20th from 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
  • In the Classroom: Lessons That Challenge Expectations
    Presented by ESU BUSS Fellows
    Sunday, November 22nd from 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

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Week 6Completing a Competition Dress Rehearsal

Aims:  Students draw their work with their monologues to a close by participating in a dress rehearsal for the school competition, assessing and reflecting on their progress. They complete final presentations of their monologues, and each monologue presentation is assessed for a final grade.


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Week 5Workshopping the Monologues

Aims:  Hold a monologue workshop, where the students recite their complete monologues in front of each other and offer feedback to their peers; they assess their progress, benefit from seeing their classmates’ work and set personal goals for their formal presentations at the school competition rehearsal next week.

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Week 4Unpacking the Monologue’s Center

Aims:  Deepen the students’ work with the monologues and build their confidence in presenting their monologues in front of others.


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