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“To be or not to be.” As we wrap up the school year, our brains are fried. We are practically zombies walking the halls. The school work that we have, we are not doing. That is if we even make it to school. We are putting all responsibilities aside. We have only one thing on our minds, graduation. Thankfully, Mr. Engle understands this. Now that we have put our very best into our AP testing, we are set on cruise control. Mr. Engle thought a great way to end the year would be to act out our favorite play, Hamlet. Not too bad of an idea, I’d say.

My actresses for these last two weeks include Olivia Johnson, Kassi Hardy, and Jael Forker. Luckily, we picked our groups. I just happen to be friends with smart people. The help of these three have made this script a joyride. We are all working together to get this done and even having a few laughs. The hardest part about this laid back assignment would have to be translating. Times have obviously changed since the great Shakespeare. Going from madam to babe and fellow to dude has been a sight to see. This assignment has opened my eyes to the difference time can do to a generation. The translating mania has made my work fun.

My group has decided to make our Act 3 Scene 1 script as modern as can be. The words like dude and wifey can be seen throughout. Within scene 1 Ophelia finds out that Hamlet doesn’t truly love her. We can compare this to our day of age. Instead of using words like mislead, we used words like played or burned. This really shook up the stage, so to speak. Adding our own modern twist to a well known literary work has made English something to look forward to.

I think I’m speaking for all of us when I say that I’m thankful for such a smooth ending to a rough school year. Mr. Engle’s class isn’t a joke; just ask anyone who has sat through it. We work hard and he really prepares us for the end of year testing. It’s nice to finally see his laid back side.. It’s nice to finally have time to breathe. Writing the script to Hamlet with a modern view has felt more like a fun activity than an assignment. I am thankful because I don’t think I could have taken another vocabulary quiz.

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  1. McKayla Ramsey on May 16th, 2017 8:29 am

    This sounds like so much fun and it really sounds like Mr Engle has done you a favor. I hope he continues this into next year because I already know I’ll be in your same place. Great article!

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  2. Kameron Schreckenghaust on May 19th, 2017 9:18 am

    I’m glad that we were able to relax at the end of the year. I like how we were able to rewrite any scene we chose. Great article!

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  3. Drake Hall on May 19th, 2017 1:21 pm

    Great Article. I loved this project I had a lot of fun making the video and watching other peoples. It was a great way to end the year and high school.

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