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mom2h
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My son is not enjoying reading Julius Caesar. I'd like to find a way to pique his interest in it. Any suggestions?

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Rhonda
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Re: WHL-Julius Caesar

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Perhaps watching the 1950 or 1953 movie versions of it may help? Also, on YouTube, there are several video comparisons of the play Julius Caesar and the 2004 movie "Mean Girls". You may want to preview the movie "Mean Girls" if you think it may be useful to see the whole thing. Here is one short comparison video that I found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz1HrK_Phvs
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Thank you, Lourdes. I'll check into these ideas!

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I agree that watching Shakespeare can be a great help. Shakespeare was written to be watched, so it makes sense that it's more fun to watch than read Shakespeare.

However, some people get intimidated by watching Shakespeare, especially if they are not used to interpreting different accents or regional dialects. In that case, sometimes an easier version on video or in a book can help, as Lourdes mentioned.

Also, when I first brought my high school daughter home, we read Julius Caesar aloud. I let my dd read the female parts and I read the males, or something like that. She wasn't super excited, but I did my parts with great bravado to get her smiling and laughing at the dramatic speeches and the super-mysterious-hidden motives and the occasional goofy side comments (that are sometimes actually pointed at us, the audience).

I did something similar with my son using MFW's assignment.

Julie

P.S. Being that this is a play, the entire read-aloud is not too long. The play is probably 3 hours at a brisk pace, if you also read the stage directions, so even at a slower pace it isn't going to be hours and hours of reading.
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Thanks, Julie. I think we will read it together.

Rhonda
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Rhonda,

A friend of mine used Shakespeare in Bits (animated version) to help 2 of her children with it. She used the deal at homeschool buyer's co op for that.
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Thank you, Trish. I checked it out. Little pricey. Wish they offered JUST Julius Caesar.

Enjoyed your back to school blog post, too!

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Rhonda
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homeschool buyer's co op does offer just the Julius Caesar video. It's about 12 dollars. It's just below the group of 5. click to open each individual title.

Hope that helps!
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Ok, THANKS!

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Re: WHL-Julius Caesar

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Well, Ladies (and gentlemen!),

I stumbled upon a resource for Julius Caesar that I thought I'd share. It's a CD by Jim Weiss and Greathall Productions about Julius Caesar and a brief history leading up to his reign. I forgot we had it, :~ but I found it and it really helps set the scene and clear up the characters and the roles they play. In case anyone else is doing this study right now.

Rhonda
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