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Master Teacher Lois Burdett Talks to Trent Students

Lois Burdett, an elementary school teacher from Stratford, Ontario, who is known worldwide for her innovative use of Shakespeare text in the classroom, spoke to a small group of Trent University students on Tuesday, March 11.

In the intimate setting of the Champlain College private dining room, Ms. Burdett explained her philosophies of teaching language arts to children in the primary years. She showed slides illustrating the ways she has incorporated Shakespeare’s work into reading, writing, drama, art and more.

Ms. Burdett's success in introducing Shakespeare to students in Grades 2 and 3 is winning her increasing recognition and prompting parents and teachers to reconsider their children's ability to cope with serious literature at a young age. Her books and workshops for teachers have captured the attention and imagination of parents, educators, and lovers of Shakespeare around the world, including the International Reading Association and the American National Council of Teachers of English.

Among other commendations, Lois Burdett has received Canada's Meritorious Service Medal, Encyclopedia Britanica's National Award for Early Childhood Education from the Canadian College of Teachers, the Canadian Teachers' Federation's Hilroy Fellowship, The Writer's Award from The Federation of Women Teachers Associations of Ontario (for Macbeth), and the Fred L. Bartlett Memorial Award from the Ontario Public School Board Association.

Ms. Burdett is the author of the Shakespeare Can Be Fun series, including titles such as Much Ado About Nothing For Kids, Hamlet For Kids, Romeo and Juliet For Kids, A Midsummer Night’s Dream For Kids and A Child’s Portrait of Shakespeare.

Posted March 13, 2003

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