Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar.
She gave them 35 lines. She knew it would be pretty hard, and didn't think any of them would do much of it. A week later, one little girl said, "I got it." And she recited the whole thing! Then the next day, another one did it. And then 2 more. Finally, every one in the class had it memorized. One of them said, "My dad told me you have to be careful about where the pauses go." So they took some time to go over that. Susan felt like she couldn't let the kids do what she couldn't, so she learned it by heart and presented it to them. They had to prompt her a few times, and correct a few mistakes.
People started to hear about this. The daughter of the principal, a senior in high school, was babysitting one of the kids. She had a copy of Julius Caesar which she was reading for class. The kid said, "Oh yeah, we know that from school," and rattled off the speech. When she got home from babysitting that night she said to her dad, "Do you know what's going on in your second grade classroom?" She got Susan to bring a few of the kids to recite to her class, which blew the high schoolers away.
Kids can do amazing things -- let them.