Sunday, March 16, 2008

Shakespeare For All


Henry V
by William Shakespeare
script adaptation by John McDonald
Classical Comics, 2007
2007 Cybils Nominee
review copy compliments of the publisher






Macbeth
by William Shakespeare
script adaptation by John McDonald
Classical Comics, 2008
review copy compliments of the publisher






I don't need to tell you the plot line in these books. What you need to know about is the publishing format.

First of all, this is Shakespeare in graphic novels. Instead of just reading the play, you get to see it "acted out" on the page before you. But the best part is that each title comes in three versions of the text: Original Text (the bard's own words, full and unabridged), Plain Text (a plain English version of the full script) and Quick Text (shortened dialogue for young readers and for those people who want to understand the story rapidly).

The folks at Classical Comics have "turned up the excitement volume" when it comes to classical literature and they want to share the excitement with you. Check out their website for free downloads and an extensive page of links to articles about everything from teaching with graphic novels to further information about Shakespeare. They have 9 more titles in the works: more Shakespeare and Bronte, Dickens, Shelley, Stoker, and Wilde.

Let the high school English and ELL teachers in your life know about these books! Differentiated instruction made possible!

2 comments:

  1. Isn't it funny. Before I had children of my own, I would have been a Shakespeare snob and smirked at a Shakespeare graphic novel. Now, I think this is a great idea--especially in the three versions. What a wonderful way to bring Shakespeare to everyone!

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  2. Whoa, seriously???? How bold. Some kids are gonna fall in love with Shakespeare over these...

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