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Happy 448th Birthday, Bard!

April 23, 2012
/ ˘   ˘ /   ˘ ˘   / /   ˘ /
Now is | the time | to blow | the can- | dles

 

out

 

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For Bil- | ly Spear | is great | with- out | a

 

doubt!

 

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To- day | he turns | four hun- | dred for- | ty

 

eight

 

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Still wide- | ly read | on pa- | per, Kin- | dle,

 

slate!

 

Whether or not you decide to attempt to speak in iambic pentameter meter today, consider the Bard and his contributions to the beautiful English language on this April 23rd, 2012.

Here are a few resources you can use in lessons that introduce Shakespeare’s life:

Lesson: Who Was Shakespeare (9th grade ELA)

Resource: Shakespeare’s Bio (AP English)

Resource: Intro to Shakespeare (9th grade ELA)

Resource: Shakespeare Background Slideshow (10th grade ELA)

And for those teachers willing to indulge in the 140-characters-or-less/T9-spell-check reality of today’s communication modes, here’s a fun activity for practicing Shakespearean language in Instant Message (IM) format:

Activity: Rewrite a Shakespearean Dialogue as It Would Go Down Today (Text or IM) (OMG) 

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