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Keeping students engaged while reading a Shakespeare play can often become one of the most difficult jobs of any high school ELA teacher. We've all experienced our worse nightmare - the same five students volunteer to read while the majority of students stare off into space, fall asleep, or text "covertly" in the corner. However, there is a solution - one that has worked well for me since I started to implement it in my own classroom. These reading participation charts for will foster engagement in ALL students, as each student must read a set number of times throughout the entire play to earn their participation points for the unit. Not only will students have to read parts for points, but they will also be responsible for filling out the charts to keep track of who reads what. Since I have implemented these charts, I have seen 100% participation across my classes - students actually fight to read and it really is a joy to see their enthusiasm emerge.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
I hope you give this system a try so you too can experience and enjoy an entirely different (and better) Shakespearean classroom culture!