Language and Literacy

Taking the Language Arts Curriculum into the Real World

The Bard returns to St. Louis in 2014

The Shakespeare Festival is more than a festival, rather it is an organization that brings Shakespeare to the masses. They offer programs in schools, in the streets, and annually in the summer in Forest Park.

Outside the St. Louis Art Museum, a small grassy area known as Shakespeare Glen hosts the summer event "Shakespeare in the Park," unaffiliated with the event of the same name that takes place in New York's Central Park every summer. In years past, the directors, cast and crew have adapted the classics, bringing new settings, new cultures, and sometimes new characters to the audience. In 2012, director Bruce Longworth set the classic Othello in the 30-day war between Italy and Turkey, in the year 1912. The characters remained the same culturally, but the directors chose to close the historical gap, letting the plot, and some of the racial and political issues, resonate a little more closely with the audiences.

This summer, the festival will continue their tradition of new and exciting ways to experience the Bard. 2014 will include a run of not 1, but 3 plays: Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (edited to be performed as one piece), and Henry V. The plays will alternate evenings, allowing audiences to see both. Saturdays will include back to back performances of the plays, with a dinner break in between. The design team and cast have not yet been selected.

Click here for opening dates and a full press release about the 2014 season.

Shakespeare Festival

Saturday, May 17th 2014 at 8pm to Sunday, June 15th 2014 at 11pm

Fine Arts Dr

St Louis, MO

Who Says Text Speak Isn't a Language?

The argument has remained the same since the inception of text messaging: will is destroy an entire generation's ability to write effectively? Or can the two be separated?

Watch the Ted Talk below regarding this issue-- and the new "linguistic repetoire" evolving-- and bring your thoughts to class!

Literary Tourist... For Those Who Like to Explore

The website,, houses a list of literary attractions around the world. Simply input a place, a number of places along a route, or even a time of year, and the website provides the rest. You'll find Indie Bookstores, Literary Attractions (such as authors' houses), Rare Book Libraries, Literary Tours, Used Bookstores, Author Societies, Festivals, Presses, Bookfairs, Workshops, and so much more.

Find new places to inspire you and your writing, make connections, and perhaps learn some new skills and facts along the way.

Click the link below to begin your journey!

Listening to Poetry: Going Beyond a Simple Reading

The most effective way to absorb a poem is to hear it. Poetry is as much about the sound of the words together, as it is about the words themselves. The Poetry Foundation website has plenty of readings of classic and contemporary poems, both by the poets themselves, and by others.

Click the "play" button below to hear a reading of a class Emily Dickinson poem. Explore some of the others on SoundCloud. Prepare a reading of your own favorite poem to bring to class during our study of poetry.

The Poetry Foundation

"Because I could not stop for Death –" by Emily Dickinson by The Poetry Foundation