professornana (professornana) wrote,

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ah, travel

So, the deal was that I would do a seminar in Cincinnati on Monday (I did; the folks were warm and wonderful) and then fly into Chicago where I would do another all day seminar today (I did not). However, as I watched the weather and talked to locals, I decided to come home yesterday after the seminar. So, I duly informed the company who scheduled the seminar to call and let people know I would be MIA. Then, I purchased an obscenely expensive ticket to fly home on a small plane late yesterday afternoon. The travel gods were apparently dismayed that I would have the stones to alter plans like this. So, I spent many hours in the lovely confines of the Cincinnati airport as flights were canceled and delayed. Weather here in Texas was also wreaking havoc. I did arrive home (through lovely thunderstorms in the small plane) about midnight. All that to say, I read some books on the road.

Wow. I love Caroline Cooney already, but this book knocked my socks off. I am a Shakespeare lover from way back when but do not think he meant for 14 and 15 year olds to be reading his plays in textbooks replete with footnotes. Corrie, my sophomore, regales us each night with this conversation starter, "So, have I mentioned how much I hate JULIUS CAESAR?" I think I am giving her ENTER THREE WITCHES, a prose version of MACBETH and see whether or not she HATES Shakespeare or just how he is being taught to her (duh, I know the answer to that one I think).

ENTER THREE WITCHES tells the story of Lord and Lady MacBeth from the perspective of Mary, a young woman at the court. Mary's father is the current Thane of Cawdor, so it is easy for folks like us to see how events will unfold. However, even for seasoned Shakespearean veterans, there are some surprises in store. I hope that some teachers will take this novel and use it as one alternative to a reading of MACBETH. Give kids some choices here about how to learn the story. At least use the book in prereading to be certain kids will know the characters and their roles in the play. OPHELIA and CYRANO and JOKER and other books have come along in the past couple of years to help us share classic themes and stories with teens. We need to make sure kids find them.
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