Choral Reading: Hamlet and August Wilson’s King Hedley II
What if August Wilson’s King Hedley could talk to Shakespeare’s Hamlet? What might these characters say—and share?
Learn how to put August Wilson and William Shakespeare in conversation.
The works of August Wilson and William Shakespeare have a lot to say to each other. Explore lessons that pair texts in surprising–and surprisingly powerful–ways.
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Paired Texts: Ma Rainey from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing
What new understandings about race, gender (and so much more) will be unearthed when students pair soliloquies from Beatrice and Ma Rainey?
Juicy Lesson! Paired Texts: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing 2.1
Get students thinking deeply about control and power by pairing soliloquies in two plays: August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Walk through the what, how, and why of this paired text lesson with the teacher who created it: Amber Phelps, Baltimore City College (MD).
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