The Bard Comes Alive on Day 4 of the Bibliophile Week at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Lucknowadmin
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“He was the man who had the largest and most comprehensive soul of all modern and perhaps ancient poets. He was naturally learned; he needed not the spectacles of books to read nature. He looked inwards and found her there.”
The fourth day of the Bibliophile Week Celebration was dedicated to the works of the most celebrated playwright in the history of English Literature, William Shakespeare. The theme of our morning assembly was ‘Hello Shakespeare’. Ms Sangeeta Batra introduced the playwright William Shakespeare to the young children of the primary section with the help of an outstanding PowerPoint presentation. Children were excited to know about the thematic diversity of his plays and the unique facts about The Globe Theater. Children were familiarized with the immense contribution of ‘The Bard of Avon’ to the English Language.
Students of classes VI and above were elated to witness their classmates dressed as Shakespearean characters on stage. The students prepared a skit on a Shakespeare’s play, The Twelfth Night, which was appreciated by all.
It is rightly said, “Poetry comes alive through recitation”. The students of grades 1 and 2 presented their versions of their favourite poems in class today. They recited and enacted these verses with gay abandon. The students of grades 3-5 eagerly awaited their turns to read out excerpts from some of their favourite books. It was a pleasure to witness the overt excitement to share the charm of their favourite stories with their classmates. Stories ranging from “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Adventures of Rusty” to “Matilda”, all marked their vivacious presence in our classrooms. The wait for the week’s activities to commence had been the longest for the students today.
The classes were enlivened as students of senior sections got the chance to become literary critics today. They selected their favourite books and presented an academic review on the same. A few students also reviewed some critically acclaimed movies and shared their thoughts and opinions.
From Shakespearean plays to book and movie reviews, students transcended all the spatial and temporal boundaries vis-a-vis discussing and celebrating art. The students signed off the fourth day of the celebration by reading and experiencing the most enriching works of literature.