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Why Shakespeare Speaks to Struggling Readers

How is that a high school freshman who reads at the 5th grade level is picking Shakespeare more quickly than other students in his English class? His teacher, Epiphany in Baltimore, doesn't think it's a big mystery:

I told him this was because he knows what it means to work at reading while he's doing it and the other students don't. He is willing to sit and grapple with the language and the other kids who are not used to working hard are not willing to. Therefore, he's getting it quicker than the others.
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