Why We Should Teach Macbeth To Nine-year-olds.

They love the gore. Here’s an excerpt from the poem written by my student, modeled after the witches’ ‘recipe’.

‘A bloody skeleton from a bloody tomb,
Some yellow slugs from a woman’s womb.
These will be sweetened with some shark’s eyes,
But just a little pinch, or your soup will be a pie.
Don’t forget to put in a dog’s leg,
Or else your soup will taste like an egg.
A little bit of boiled brains will be good,
It’s better than you being food.
Sure enough, you can put in bloody mummies,
If you’re so sure not to think of Gummies.
The lastest ingredient is dirty old fingernails
But beware because you might get a sore toenail.’

Pretty good, huh?

7 Comments to “Why We Should Teach Macbeth To Nine-year-olds.”

  1. By sarah, July 23, 2008 @ 6:03 am

    That’s fantastic!

    I studied MacBeth at that age, and it was good fun. Romeo and Juliet, too.

  2. By Stephanie, July 23, 2008 @ 6:38 am

    I don’t even think I could write that.

  3. By rachel, July 23, 2008 @ 6:54 am

    Awesome poem. Did you see the one Els’s daughter did a while ago? I think she posted it on her blog.

  4. By Liz, July 23, 2008 @ 7:02 am

    Sarah, R&J is next week, I think. I’m thinking of doing a re-enactment of the death scene. She’ll dig that.
    Stephanie, she was SO committed. If I wrote with the zeal she wrote that, I’d be a better writer.
    Rachel, I think I remember that. Kids and poetry, huh? Hey, it works!

  5. By Arwen, July 23, 2008 @ 10:12 pm

    I can’t get past “yellow slugs from a woman’s womb.”


  6. By Deb, July 24, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

    A nine year old wrote that ?! It’s disgusting and fantastic.

  7. By Liz, July 24, 2008 @ 11:40 pm

    I know. My students are often geniuses. And awfully graphic.

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