Shakespeare, although entertaining, isn't the easiest subject to teach to middle school students. Students often falter on the difficult language or intricate themes. Enter---Modern Shakespeare! Written in play form, this easy, one class adaption allows all students to participate. Written in understandable language, Modern Shakespeare plays don't leave out the humor that Shakespeare is well-known for. "The Merchant of Venice" is a great way to introduce your students to the themes of Shakespeare---and fun at the same time!