I recently met a gentleman named Stephan on Goodreads.com. He shared with me a little poem he wrote: Green eggs and Hamlet. He had an interesting concept, what would Shakespeare be like if Dr. Seuss were to write him? This was his take on what he could’ve written:
I do not like ova chartreuse anymore. I will not eat them in Elsinore.
I do not like the ghost of my dad. And mom sleeping with Uncle just makes me mad.
I do not like Ophelia like she likes me…
but don’t worry… Neither a borrower nor a lender will I be.
I do not like spying college friends R&G, I altered their letter so they met the fate meant for me.
I do not like invading Norwegian kings. I do not like so many things.
Though I did like Yorrick, now he’s dead.
Don’t offer me Juevos verde con jamón instead!
I really like what he did, it was very creative. I mean, Green Eggs and Hamlet, that’s hilarious. But the most important part, and the possible Shakespeare teaching lesson from this that I see: Can we use this creative spin to get our kids to have fun with Shakespeare, so they see him and understand him better?
Perhaps that’s a great Shakespeare classroom activity, write a Seuss-like or beginner book version of a Shakespeare play.
You never know, your student may write the next Go Macbeth, Go! or A Midsummer went by! or One Romeo, Two Juliet, Red Capulets, Blue Montagues! I also think this should be by William Seussspeare, not Shakespeare!
What clever titles can you think of?
Can you find anything else out in cyberspace?