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Shakespeare's Macbeth for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes (Playing with Plays) Paperback – October 15, 2009


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  • Series: Playing with Plays
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439213534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439213537
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once they had the basics of the story we were able to go a little deeper into the plays.
Mr. Z
I highly recommend any of the Playing with Plays books for classroom teaches looking for a a fun, engaging way to get their kids performing Shakespeare!
singletchr
The plays are adapted for group size, include actual lines from Shakespeare, and make kids enjoy performing great works.
dbklover

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dbklover on February 7, 2010
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To play or not to play? That is the question...and the answer, of course, is PLAY!!! Especially, when you're playing around with one of Brendan Kelso's plays. My fifth graders performed Macbeth this past week, and it was a tremendous hit. From Lady Macbeth snatching the crown away from Macbeth (she's got quite a power struggle going on), wandering around the stage wearing red gloves, and dying dramatically offstage to witches reciting "Something wicked this way comes", there's enough Shakespeare and humor going around for everyone. Our theatrical production was the culminating project for a nine weeks unit on Shakespeare for my fifth grade gifted learners. The parents were thrilled that their children were studying Shakespeare, quoting Shakespeare, and asking for Shakespeare at home. I truly feel that my students will look forward to learning more about Shakespeare as they progress in school.

My students also performed A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet. The plays are adapted for group size, include actual lines from Shakespeare, and make kids enjoy performing great works. They were very easy to stage - its amazing what you can do with a few foam swords, a Burger King costume, and some plaid cloth from the dollar table at Wal-Mart.

His books are a bargain in cost, and a luxury in value to classroom instruction. Now, if he would just get Hamlet and a few other plays written for us to use next year, all would be well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Moore on September 16, 2011
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I recently received my copy of Brendan Kelso's Shakespeare's Macbeth for Kids, and I can't wait to use it in my classroom (6th/7th language arts). Kelso's retelling is engaging and accessible.

Shakespeare was all about entertainment--the drama, the humor, the plot twists. Shakespeare's plays were written in the vernacular of the time-his original audience didn't have to struggle to understand. But Shakespeare can be intimidating to a modern-day 6th grader! What I love about Kelso's rendition is that it removes the struggle and leaves the joy and genius of Shakespeare's work.

Kelso mixes the modern (MacDuff to Macbeth: Stinks to be you!) with the original lines that are so much a part of our cultural literacy (Double, double, toil and trouble . . .). The result is a play that is entertaining and accessible to children while retaining the most memorable lines of the original work.

Kelso also includes a very simple 6 - 8 day plan for incorporating the play into the classroom. I will be using this version of Macbeth in the classroom as the perfect follow-up to our planned reading of The Wednesday Wars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Z on September 29, 2011
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We have been teaching Shakespeare in our 4/5 Multi-age class for the past 10 years. This last year we used three of plays by Kelso and it changed the way we taught Shakespeare. The kids were instantly engaged in the stories. The simplicity of the plots allowed the kids to get the point of the play with out being bogged down with the language. The plays are funny and engaging for even a 4th or 5th grader. Once they had the basics of the story we were able to go a little deeper into the plays.

We are definitely using the books as a part of our Shakespeare unit from now on. Awesome tool for the classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Gielis on December 11, 2013
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Used this play with my Year 5/6 students and they loved every minute of it...from read throughs to an informal performance for our other class during lesson time over a two week period. By the end, they had the gist of Macbeth and could explain it to other students. I love the way some authentic vocabulary is included and there is scope for ad libbing and adaptation - we actually added the entire witches incantation from the original so more witches could participate.parents were happy too..children going home and discussing Shakespeare!
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I've been raising my kids on Shakespeare, literally, since they were still in strollers. I'm always on the lookout for anything that will help me do that. Brendan Kelso's "Shakespeare for Kids" series is a pleasant, if unexpected, addition to my collection. These books are in no way a children's "no fear" version where the text has been translated into modern english. As a matter of fact, there's very little Shakespearean text at all. What Brendan's done is to take each play and then rewrite them in a way that young children can understand. The characters are the same, the plot (though heavily edited) is basically the same, and he does make it a point to include pieces of Shakespeare's original text. And by that I do mean pieces - just words and phrases, not entire passages.

This is, honestly, not what I'm used to. I wasn't quite sure to do with a "Shakespeare" play that has the characters all calling each other Dude, rolling their eyes, and saying things like "Oh, sweet!" when something's gone right, and "Wow, bummer," when it doesn't. This is where my 4 rather than 5 star review comes from - I personally think that the kids can handle more of the original text. There are places where the script reads like a grown up writing the way he thinks children talk, and if I did ever hear my own kids talking that way I'd wonder whose life I'd walked into by mistake.

What is it that they always say about Shakespeare? It is meant to be performed, not read - so let it be with Kelso. He makes it perfectly clear that his intent with these miniature scripts is to get classrooms full of children up out of their seats and acting out the greatest literature in the English-speaking world.
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Brendan P. Kelso, known to the kids as Professor Peculiar because of his unique and humorous personality, came to writing modified Shakespeare scripts when he was taking time off from work to be at home with his son. "It just grew from there" Within months, he was being asked to offer classes in various locations and acting organizations along the coast of California. Employed as an engineer, Brendan never thought about writing. But he has always stated, "There is no better way to learn than to have fun!" Brendan makes his home on the central coast of California and loves to spend time with his wife and son.

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