#ThankATeacher may say it all – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Understanding Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” The Bard’s play about “star-crossed lovers,” is not so easy for ninth-graders, much less adults.

There’s Elizabethan English, for one thing, which requires slowed-down reading; poetry written in something called iambic pentameter, for another; and what about the play’s subject matter? It’s more than a story about teenage love, isn’t it?

Thankfully, there are well-informed, dynamic teachers, on this National Teacher Day, to make sense of it all, such as Will C. Wood High School English teacher Christina Mitsiopoulos, who, on Monday, held forth during an early afternoon class and, for nearly an hour, managed to focus 32 antsy teens on the playwright’s words.

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