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Unread 02-05-2019, 08:56 PM
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A number of kids didn't come to school today because of the Patriots' Parade. Those few who were left and I decided that we would prank them with a Quote Identification quiz. I wrote some of the most absurd yet perhaps believable to a student not reading closely) lines for Macbeth that I could imagine.

They read 4.1-2 last night, and I'm going to pretend these were among the many lines they missed:

Thy clothes befit thy wretched station, Clown,
All motley checkered red and black. Thy juggling
Is needed now to elevate the mirth.
For I am sad and having brought upon
This tide of blood that drowns both friends and foes
Alike, I’d like a circus in my brain:
Bring lions, bears and even noble elephants
Who threat’n the ground with risky feet. Let them
Parade about the weary brainèd stars.
Oh Clown, thou dost now bring the laughter as
The lark the morning or the spear the battle.
But soft, I must away now to the Sisters.
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Unread 02-06-2019, 07:52 AM
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I'm keen to know how this works out. Keep us posted?
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Unread 02-06-2019, 09:06 AM
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The students who were in class yesterday did an excellent job of keeping a straight face. Having not seen the passage before, they did an excellent job connecting the imaginary passage to previous moments in Macbeth. I mean, they were able to tie all the symbolism in and were able to notice other things I didn't even think of.

They even kept a straight face through the first slides of the Power Point, even through the third slide.

The kids who were there had no idea, but made good observations on the fake passage, too, though they were clearly horrified that they had read the homework and not noticed this passage. Finally, though, one of the better students who missed class raised her hand and declared emphatically the passage wasn't in the play, and then the class started laughing and we confessed. All and all, I thought it went well, though a couple of students did look like they were a little over-stressed about it.
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