Eighth graders started their new Shakespeare unit for the fourth quarter. Students in the eighth grade English classes will read the comedy Much Ado About Nothing and will be acting out scenes of the story in class, writing a sonnet from the point of view of one character to another, and writing an original script using Shakespearian vernacular. This week, students looked at the legacy of Shakespeare and considered the question: is the Bard, whose writing is particularly edgy, bawdy, and occasionally full of strife “too hot to handle!”