When our new Shakespeare Project debuted in February, 25 GED students entered the tyrannical world of Macbeth. For 15 weeks, they read what happened when Macbeth murdered King Duncan to take over the throne, discussed the meaning in Shakespeare’s themes and wrote self-reflections responding to the play – activities meant to boost their reading and writing confidence and prepare them for college-level material.
For Abdullahi, the Shakespeare Project has put him closer to getting his GED, closer to college and closer to his dream field – medicine. Abdullahi couldn’t speak any English when he came to the US from Somalia. But he found our learning center, and week after week our tutors helped him develop his literacy skills. One year later, he’s reading Shakespeare. His confidence has skyrocketed, propelling Abdullahi toward completing his GED and enrolling in college.
The Shakespeare Project’s pilot program will culminate in a community reading. Students will read their own writing about Macbeth at 6 p.m. on May 30 at Magers and Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis (3038 Hennepin Avenue South). Please join us to celebrate our students’ work and applaud the supportive interns and volunteers behind this successful new initiative.