When I first proposed teaching Shakespeare's MacBeth in my 10th grade ICT classroom, I was met by my colleagues’ skepticism. No one had tried teaching Shakespeare before because they either felt the students wouldn't be interested or that the language was too difficult. Anticipating these problems, I pushed ahead with my plans and both my students and I have learned a few important lessons from the experience.
First, and possibly most important, we learned a lesson in perseverance. Shakespeare died nearly 400 years ago. He wrote a long time ago. This means in addition to using weird words, most of what he wrote was in a strange poetic form with which my students were unfamiliar. After about page 3, they were ready to toss the book in the garbage. By about page 10, I was ready to toss the book, too.