Hello, I currently teach 9th and 10th grade English at a vocational school. Within the next month or so, I will begin teaching Romeo and Juliet to my 9th graders and Macbeth to my 10th graders. I was only exposed to one Shakespeare play in high school, and my teacher made it one of the worst experiences possible. In college, however, I had the opportunity to visit The Globe in London and attend a few live productions. Even as a teacher I struggle with the allusions and various aspects of the language when I read it right from the text, but everything makes sense when I see a production. As many say, plays are meant to be watched, not read. I've been reading unit plans from various high schools, and it seems as though everyone has their own approach. Some teachers read the entire text, some read sections, some read sections and show the film version, and some show primarily the film with very little text. As a first-year teacher, preparing to teach Shakespeare is definitely a daunting task, especially since I am a visual learner and do not have much experience reading directly from the text. What are your strategies? Were you nervous the first time around? Any recommended resources? Thanks!