Shakespeare in Ender’s Game

So I love to read, and I love a good sci-fi, and one of the best sci-fi series that I’ve read is the Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card. Recently, I reread Ender in Exile, which is the next book after Ender’s Game. The relevant piece about this, and why I am bringing it up to you, is that there is a Shakespeare activity build right  into this one. In this book, the actual colony that Ender goes out to, the name of the planet, is Shakespeare. What is really cool, is that the author weaves in several other Shakespeare references within this book. For example, they perform Taming of the Shrew on the spaceship, the names of the different villages on the planet are all Shakespeare characters. Which leads me to this idea: this would be a great classroom activity, especially for someone who likes to read, to find Shakespeare references in books, outside of Shakespeare books, to show how Shakespeare still exist in our world today.

I would love to hear any other classroom ideas related to this, please share.

And one last note, regarding Ender in Exile, this all takes place a few hundred years in the future, so, not being a prognosticator, but Shakespeare is still around. And still relevant.  Just saying… 🙂

About brendan kelso

Brendan is the main creative source and author behind Playing With Plays and the infamous Shakespeare for Kids series. You can typically find him inventing by day, playing with his family by night, and writing by very late night.
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