Teaching students to teach Shakespeare
By Tatiana Zarnowski, December 19, 2004
The college students could barely keep a straight face as they hurled eloquent insults at each other.
'Vile worm, thou wast overlooked even in thy birth,' one young woman snarled, quoting William Shakespeare's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor.'
Reciting and acting out the Elizabethan insults helps high school students relieve stress and expend energy, says Susan Biondo-Hench, an English teacher at Carlisle High School.
'When you have kids who really need to get up and get physical, this really works,' she told a group of about 20 future teachers who got a course in teaching Shakespeare to teens last month at the high school."