Was Enrichment Block that Enriching?

shakespeare1Last Thursday, students gathered in various locations to engage in a school-wide Enrichment Block. While some traveled all the way to Manhattan to visit art museums, others gathered to watch movies and documentaries. Some said that the Enrichment Block had a sort of field trip feel to it. For instance, physics students were required to attend a two-hour documentary regarding the orbit of the Earth.  Some noted that they felt some of the material presented wasn’t relevant to what was being taught in classes.

Many English students were required to attend Shakespeare in Love, as many of the students have begun studying Shakespeare. I spoke to Abigail Morris ’20 about this program:

Before attending this Enrichment Block, I had no idea what to expect, as I had never seen the movie before, and was unsure what other activities the block would consist of, if any. Mr. Moore gave a brief synopsis of the film, and the movie began.

The film depicted Shakespeare close to the start of his career, inspired by a woman named Lady Viola to write Romeo and Juliet. As a woman in this time period, Lady Viola was not allowed to be an actress, which resulted in her disguising herself as a man in order to act in one of Shakespeare’s plays.

The duration of the film was about two hours, and after leaving the theater students shared their reactions to the experience with each other. Most of us expected to see an educational film that was historically accurate, but were surprised to find out that the movie was fictional, and many of the events did not actually occur during Shakespeare’s time. However, watching the movie was beneficial in helping us learn more about the time period and about Shakespeare as a playwright.

Many students agree with the idea that Abigail presented; although the information presented in the blocks was interesting and beneficial, the content didn’t necessarily dovetail that well with what students were learning in class. Still,, everyone was enriched in some way.

(Copyright 2016 Janice Negvesky & cited Abby Morris)

Janice Negvesky