by William Shakespeare
Since I teach English in a classical model, my school literary selections typically take up most of my “personal” reading time. I don’t find time to do a ton of truly personal reading during the school year. This past year, ending in May 2018, we focused on Ancient Times. The year began with Tales of Ancient Egypt, by Roger Lancelyn Green, went through many epic tales – The Oresteia, Oedipus Rex, The Odyssey, The Aeneid (just to name a few).
We finished up the year in the midst of learning about the Roman Empire, so it seemed fitting to read Julius Caesar at that time. We read it aloud in class – reader’s theater style – with everyone having a part (or two, or three). I am pleased to say that my students were well-able to understand the play, and they seemed to rather enjoy the language of Shakespeare (those saucy fellows!), which is fantastic because we will be reading four more Shakespearean plays in the upcoming school year. We seem to favor Folger Shakespeare Library editions when it comes to William Shakespeare. It doesn’t disappoint!