- Crisp initially struggled getting her students to grasp A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- She brought in some top-ten radio hits instead to help them understand verse.
- The experiment turned into a successful lesson in rhyme and lyrics.
From the article:
Even those of us who teach Shakespeare may never take the time to appreciate the dedication that he had to craft. He's such a fixture of Western sensibility that he's easy to take for granted; we might begin to assume that writing came easily to him, but wouldn't that diminish his hard work? According to the Folger Shakespeare Library, his complete works consist of 118,406 lines of verse. ...