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Modern Shakespeare Film Adaptation

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A former student shared this film with me, which was created by some of my 9th grade students as part of a project in which they were asked to develop a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.  In all the projects I have seen, this is the only one–I think–in which the students nearly got ticketed for not having a filming ... Read More »

Recording of Literary Rap

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A former student put together this video collage of our process of recording one of the literary rap albums, though I couldn’t tell if it was for our reading of Chaucer or of Shakespeare.  In either case, seeing these pictures reminded me of just how phenomenal my students were. Read More »

Chaucerian Rap Battle

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In 2008, I published an article in English Journal about a classroom project with my 9th grade students in which we studied Canterbury Tales as a form of medieval hip hop.  The idea was that Chaucer’s poetic form shared certain formal and social qualities to today’s rap art form: reliance on end rhyme, bawdiness and wit that masks social critique. ... Read More »

Introduce Kids to Robotics

Introduce Kids to Robotics

It’s A Book, Book

It’s A Book, Book

Undone Typewriter

Undone Typewriter

Automated Love

Automated Love