Every year I bring my 8th graders up to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland for our class trip. Before we go, we study whatever play we're going to see, and this year it's Twelfth Night. We work really hard to understand the play, and almost every night my students have to write an analysis of the scenes we've read.
But today we took a break from that hard work. Yesterday, Jonathon Brubaker passed on this tweet sharing Folger's Shakespearean Valentines. I instantly loved it but knew that my 8th grade students (especially the boys) wouldn't be too thrilled about making valentines.
Meanwhile, one of my Facebook friends has been posting a series of non-valentines through her Instagram account, @amanda_and_leigh (she has an Etsy shop too!). These are some of the hilarious non-valentines she's been creating. That I knew 8th grade boys could get behind.
So this morning we finished reading Act III and created some valentines & non-valentines. We had a ton of fun flipping through the play and finding all of the funny quotes about love (or the lack there-of). Now my students are making (non-)valentines out of these quotes and others from Twelfth Night:
"I do care for something; but in my conscience, sir, I do not care for you: if that be to care for nothing, sir, I would it make you invisible" (III.i.24-25).
"She will keep no fool, sir, till she be married" (III.i.28-29).
For such as I am, all true lovers are,
Unstaid and skittish, in all motions else
Save in the constant image of the creature
That is beloved. (II.iv.16-19)
"Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better" (III.i.156).
"Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage" (I.iv.19).
Needless to say, I can't wait to say what they create this weekend. We had a great time laughing about Shakespeare and his crazy ways.