Hille Middle School

Oak Forest, IL

Grades 6-8, Literature
Partner(s): Theo Poulos
Student Achievement Grant
2007, Winter

About this Grantee

Using the magic of movie making to motivate their sixth grade students to work beyond what is required simply for standardized testing, Ms. Law and Mr. Poulos expose students to classic literature with “Macbeth Is on my Bus.” Students read a translation of The Iliad, research mythology and history, write a summary of the story, and stage a performance of the story with puppets. Building on this experience, students read Shakespeare’s Macbeth and act out some of the important scenes from the play. The entire class contributes to create a movie production of the play through story boarding, costuming, prop building, acting, filming, and editing. Ms. Law and Mr. Poulos share the students’ movie with other teachers in the district.

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