January is Shakespeare Reading Month

Hello fellow book worms!

Shakespeare's work

It’s just come to my attention that January is Shakespeare Reading Month! I had no idea!

As it turns out I’m already re-reading Romeo and Juliet and planning to read a few other titles that I haven’t read yet, such as: The Tempest, Othello, Merchant of Venice and Much ado About Nothing. I doubt I’ll be able to get to all these works by the end of January because I do have a short list of books I need complete before the 21st if not sooner! (You’ll find out why later on)

Although, reading Shakespeare’s work will certainly count towards completing 40 books by the end of 2012, I never thought of writing a blog post about each piece. I’m not sure I feel prepared to take on such a post. As much as I enjoy reading Shakespeare, I’m not sure I’d be able to write about his work; unless I find the time to go through some Cole’s Notes or the like to help me through it… we’ll see to that when the time comes.

For the time being I’d like to share a link to a blogger’s post that deals with what to look out for and how to read Shakespeare at all. I thought the post to be very informative and straight forward and agree with the blogger’s suggestions. Again, I want to stress that I do not know this blogger personally and I am in no means taking any of her blogging work to be my own. that is why I’ve provided a link to her post here so that you could read her thoughts in her domain.

Here is her link: Tips for Reading Shakespeare (Shakespeare Reading Month)

So, what tales are you planning to read in honor of celebrating the Shakespearian tongue?

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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Duh! :@P)

An abridged edition by Penguin Readers
Reading this with my 8th graders
Will be watching the film (I’m trying to get a copy of the musical version). Will also watch the Disney cartoon Oliver and Company to study similarities and differences between the films and the text. Lots of activities will follow.
A chance to show students one of the ways in which classic stories work their way into pop culture with examples of other classics and films.