September 5, 2013

Shakespeare Afficionados: Win a FREE Shakespeare Illustration!

Shakespeare quotes are classic- dripping with hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) meaning. Inspire your students with this original one-of-a-kind Shakespeare illustration! (see image below)

It’s quite simple: post your favorite Shakespeare quote in the comments section and you can win a full color, laminated poster of my painting, Quotable Shakespeare.  I’ve never sold this image- or have even shown it to anyone- so you are the FIRST to see it, and one of you will get it shipped FREE to your home (in the continental U.S.).  For all of the Shakespeare fanatics out there- this is for you!

Here is the Shakespeare illustration:

Shakespeare Illustration Contest

Quotable Shakespeare, Denise M. Cassano, oil on board, with collage elements.  Shakespeare holds a skull, looking very regal as he seems to make a proclamation.  He is surrounded by parts of famous quotes.  This 11X17 poster is perfect for class.  Students can write their favorite quotes and tape them to the black area.  It may also become a focal point on a display board for a Shakespeare unit. (Of course, the watermark will not be on the illustration.)

Here are the rules: In the comments section below, write…

1. Your favorite Shakespeare Quote

2. The work the quote is from

3. A brief, 2-3 sentence explanation of the most exciting way you have used Shakespeare quotes in your class.

That’s it!  The contest will run from Thursday, September 5, 2013 and end on Tuesday, September 10,  2013, 11:59 PM EST.  I will randomly choose one, and announce the winner on Thursday, September  12, 2013.

In the meantime, we will have a collection of quotes and ways we may use them in class- everyone wins.

So go ahead, add your entry in the comments sections below- then check back often to see how others have used Shakespeare quotes in their classes!

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  1. Maria Trucios

    Lord, What fools these mortals be — A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Write about a foolish thing/choice you have made in your life…

  2. “Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower,
    But be the serpent under’t.”

    Lady Macbeth, Act I Scene V

    How I would use it with students: I would describe how “your hand, your tongue” represents actions and words, then I would ask them to think of a time when someone they knew acted one way (seemingly kind) but their actions said otherwise. The task would then be to draw an image of that person, incorporating how they now felt about them.

  3. Rebecca Higgins

    As You Like It – (Act II, Scene VII).

    “All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts”

    Although not a huge fan of Shakespeare due to a crappy experience in high school with a lackluster English teacher who taught from CliffsNotes, I used to have this quote in my classroom above the door. I wanted students understand that it is normal to have people come in and out of your life over time. Sometimes the experience is wonderful and sometimes it is painful. What is important is that we learn from each and every one of these experiences and move forward. Knowing that even Shakespeare recognized these issues helped a lot of students get through difficult situations.

    • What a great lesson to teach them- I completely understand what you mean about your crappy English teacher. I was lucky enough to have an excellent one (had her for 8th and 11th) and I finally understood Shakespeare (at least some of it)!

  4. Peter Berger

    “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, lead on to fortune…”
    I used this quote in the classroom to show students that fortune comes to us but we have to alert enough to take the opportunities that come our way because if we don’t, we derail our own life.

    • What a powerful message- I wish all students could understand the meaning behind his words.

    • Rebecca Higgins

      So true! Great quote. Congrats on winning the poster.

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