Posted by: irenesroth | March 18, 2015

A GREAT Book for Parents, Teachers, and Teens

915XF9EaYiL._SL1500_[1]Teaching Will: What Shakespeare and 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn’t
By Mel Ryane

This is a wonderful book for parents and teachers as well as teens. It is an inspiring book about how young people can flourish in the least likely places and how setting up a drama club could change the lives of youngsters forever.

At first glance, before I started reading the book, I wondered how Shakespeare could be relevant to kids. But as I kept reading Mel’s book, I realized that it is not only possible that kids could actually learn a lot of important lessons while reading Shakespeare that they could take these lessons with them to the playground and life in general.

Mel wanted to find a way to introduce Shakespeare to w bunch of unruly kids at a school. As she starts a club of unruly actors, she is brought to her knees by a bunch of kids who are initially not in the least interested in what she has to offer. However, as Mel persists in her agony, they all start learning some important lessons.

Teaching Will is an important book for any teacher who wants to start a drama club with the kids. She cautions the volunteers not to have initial high hopes for her kids but to persevere. Only then will amazing things happen, as was the case in her drama group. These kids learned some lessons that will never forget, and they touched Mel’s life in ways that are indescribable.

Thank you Mel for such an engaging and wonderful book! This book should be relevant to teachers, and especially retired teachers who want to keep working with kids and helping them, but who don’t quite know why. The more readily we can engage kids and keep them away from all the dangers that lurk in modern culture and society.

Mel was a professional actor during her teens and Canada. Then her career took her to New York City and theatres across North America. She then studied how to coach actors on major studio projects and she was accepted into the Directing Workshop for Women at the prestigious American Film Institute. However, these kids that Mel worked with taught her a lot more than Hollywood did in the end. How wonderful and inspiring!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


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