This World Book Day my youngest is dressing up as Anne Frank and her friends have chosen other amazing women like Rosa Parks and Boudicca. I am so pleased that they have chosen strong women that changed the world.
The girls found out about these inspiring women from books they received at Christmas. Their stories of bravery and challenge have really inspired these nine-year-old girls and they are amazing role models for the girls to learn about.
I still love how a book, retelling a tale from history can have such an impact in modern society. When we understand history we are less likely to repeat the mistakes made in the past.
Sometimes though picking up those old stories can be tricky to understand. Language changes over time and that is very obvious if ever you have read Shakespeare and yet the tales and plays themselves still appeal, think Romeo and Juliet becoming West Side Story.
“Almost half of teachers say their pupils are convinced they won’t understand Shakespeare’s plays before they’ve read even a single verse, a poll finds.” (TES)
I can understand that as I taught Shakespeare during my years as an English teacher. My first teen studied Macbeth and my second teenager will be very soon. I want to be able to help them get over the perceived barriers of understanding the bard and I am not alone in this!
Jenny Ertle, was concerned by her son’s preparation for his GCSE’s. In particular, she was looking for a book that would be a quick fix to the stress of the dreaded Shakespeare exam. However Jenny could not find what she was looking for, so she wrote them herself! What a mum!
Her company, Ransom Publishing, now publish the 9 Shakespeare plays exam boards cover, retold as straightforward pacey narratives that integrate important quotes from the Bard’s original (i.e. just what her son needed the night before his exam).
I was sent the Microwave Shakespeare books and already my student has taken the Macbeth book home to read! I was really impressed with the books which are easy to read and put the themes and characters into context for students. Key quotes are written in italics and help the students understand their place in the plot. Dylan will definitely benefit from the series and thankfully your teenager can too as I have a set to give away! When-to-start-revising-for-GCSE’s is one of my most popular blog posts and these books will help structure that revision.
To enter just use the rafflecopter entry and follow the instructions. This closes on 28/03/2019 and the books will be sent out promptly so that revision can gain momentum!