I recently met a gentleman named Stephan on Goodreads.com. He shared with me a little poem he wrote: Green eggs and Hamlet. He had an interesting concept, what would Shakespeare be like if Dr. Seuss were to write him? This was his take on what he could’ve written:
I do not like ova chartreuse anymore. I will not eat them in Elsinore.
I do not like the ghost of my dad. And mom sleeping with Uncle just makes me mad.
I do not like Ophelia like she likes me…
but don’t worry… Neither a borrower nor a lender will I be.
I do not like spying college friends R&G, I altered their letter so they met the fate meant for me.
I do not like invading Norwegian kings. I do not like so many things.
Though I did like Yorrick, now he’s dead.
Don’t offer me Juevos verde con jamón instead!
Here’s a link to his original work: Green Eggs and Hamlet
I really like what he did, it was very creative. I mean, Green Eggs in Hamlet, that’s hilarious. But the most important part, and the possible Shakespeare teaching lesson from this that I see: Can we use this creative spin to get our kids to have fun with Shakespeare, so they see him and understand him better?
Perhaps that’s a great Shakespeare classroom activity, write a Seuss-like or beginner book version of a Shakespeare play.
You never know, your student may write the next Go Macbeth, Go! or A Midsummer went by! or One Romeo, Two Juliet, Red Capulets, Blue Montegues! I also think this should be by William Seussspeare, not Shakespeare!
What clever titles can you think of?
One of my facebook fans, Ellen, just found an actual Green Eggs and Hamlet movie for me: Green Eggs and Hamlet!!!
And, I just found a Green Eggs and Hamlet book! How crazy is that!?!?
Can you find anything else out in cyber space?