Thursday, January 5, 2012

Macbeth

Today, the 7th grade started reading Macbeth. Yesterday, we learned a little bit about Shakespearean language and they practiced by writing love letters using Shakespeare's words: "Thou art beautiful my leman, but I am just a rudesby. Whatever. I'm over thou already." (Direct quote) Then, today I got them super pumped on Iambic Pentameter (I don't think I'm being sarcastic here, but it's hard to tell). Finally, we were ready for Act 1, scene 1 today.
The scene has 3 witches in it and they say these two lines "Fair is foul and foul is fair; we hang in the fog and in the dirty air" or something like that.
I say, "The first thing I think of is baseball. If a ball is fair, it's not foul. So I don't understand the witches. How could something be FAIR and FOUL at the same time? And what does that have to do with dirty air?? Anyone have a guess?"
One sincere looking kid in the back raises his hand immediately. I call on him. "Explain this please!" I say to him.
"Farts." After a moment of silence he says, "They're foul to everyone, but fair because it's just natural and it definitely makes dirty air." I couldn't catch my breath for a good two minutes from laughing so hard. So today, I got paid to laugh when a kid talked about farts in relation to Shakespeare. Better than your day.

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