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Shakespeare at OESJ

POSTED 3/20/2014
OESJ Middle School students immerse themselves in Shakespeare
With the help of two visiting Shakespearian actors, teachers at the OESJ Middle School recently collaborated to present a special program for students that incorporated English, culinary arts, history, the stage performance and more. 

On Friday, March 14, the Adirondack Shakespeare Company from Schroon Lake visited the OESJ Middle School presenting parts from many of William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. The company's presentation explored one of Shakespeare's more prevalent themes - true love.

Prior to the actors’ visit, students in Kristen Post’s eighth grade English classes had read and Romeo and Juliet, and their studies of the playwright and 16th century culture continued in other classes.

During Cheryl Trodler’s seventh and eighth grade family and consumer science classes, students research the food and customs of England during the 1500s and 1600s. In the weeks leading up to the Shakespeare performance, students learned how to prepare, cook, season and carve all the dishes necessary for an authentic meal similar to what people would have had during Shakespeare’s time. The meal included parsnips, turnip, biscuits, ginger bread cookies, venison and chicken stew, roasted chicken, honey, roasted carrots and more. 

“When our teachers collaborate across subject areas our students have a much richer learning experience,” Principal Jeanine Kawryga. “I applaud our teachers and the performers from the Adirondack Shakespeare Company for engaging our students in such a successful project.” 


Captions: Top: Patrick Siler, the Adirondack Shakespeare Company's executive director, perform for OESJ eighth graders. Bottom: Eighth graders prepare a meal from the Shakespearian era.