Shakespeare himself, Jake Guller, flanked by two sixth grade festival goers – Katie Convey (left) and Olivia Cook – joined eighth grade mime performers, J.P. Newstead (left) and Benjamin Moon. (Photo by Kristen Hayes)

Shakespeare himself, Jake Guller, flanked by two sixth grade festival goers – Katie Convey (left) and Olivia Cook – joined eighth grade mime performers, J.P. Newstead (left) and Benjamin Moon. (Photo by Kristen Hayes)

The Norwood-Fontbonne Academy eighth graders hosted a ceremonial festival for staff and students in grades 5-7 in the Sr. James Anthony Hall on Thursday, April 7 as an enhancement to their English language arts lesson on William Shakespeare.

The festival paid tribute to the world’s most famous poet and playwright with live reenactments, games, crafts, mimes, and even Elizabethan food and drink.

Prior to the festival, the students read Romeo and Juliet, and researched the time period and events that take place every year in Stratford-on-Avon to commemorate Shakespeare’s birthday. This classroom work inspired their creativity and authentic presentations for the festival’s costumes and events.

As a culminating activity in their study of Shakespeare, the students will write original Mother’s Day Sonnets using the criteria for an Elizabethan Sonnet.

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