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Teaching Reading Shakespeare


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Prologue Part I: Language 1. Admitting the difficulty 2. 'All these old words' 3. Case Study: 'Virtue' 4. Grammar 5. Metaphor 6. Allusion 7. Rhetoric 8. Paraphrase 9. Some strategies 10. Long Speeches Part II: Aspects 11. Narrative 12. Theatre 13. Context 14. Interpretation 15. Talk Epilogue: Finding Value in Shakespeare

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John Haddon has over 30 years' experience of teaching English in the classroom, 17 of them as a Head of Department. He has contributed to a number of titles on A Level teaching practice, English in the National Curriculum and teaching fiction at Key Stage 3.


'Teaching Reading Shakespeare is warmly and clearly communicated, and gives ownership of ideas and activities to teachers by open and explicit discussion. John Haddon creates a strong sense of community with teachers, raising many significant and difficult issues, and performing a vital and timely service in doing so.' -- Simon Thomson, Globe Education, Shakespeare's Globe 'John Haddon offers creative, systematic and challenging approaches which don't bypass the text but engage children with it. He analyses difficulty rather than ignoring it, marrying his own academic understanding with real sensitivity to the pupils' reactions, and providing practical solutions.' -- Trevor Wright, Senior Lecturer in Secondary English, University of Worcester, and author of How to be a Brilliant English Teacher, also by Routledge. 'Haddon has plenty of practical suggestions about making Shakespeare accessible in the classroom (and) is rigorous rather than populist in approach. He eschews the cheap and reductive strategies that can often pass for 'lively' Shakespeare teaching ... Haddon's fertility in suggesting strategies to enable the teaching and learning of Shakespeare is prodigious. Teaching Reading Shakespeare is both philosophical and bracingly down to earth in its discussion of its subject.' -- The Use of English, The English Association Journal for Teachers of English 'The approach to teaching Shakespeare's language is a holistic and realistic one that scrutinizes the vocabulary, grammar, and usage of the sixteenth century using excerpts from the plays ... Recommended.' -- CHOICE (November 2009)

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