|Shakespeare's First Folio, 1623|
But it's been at least a decade since I stepped forward with a new high school course. Given that I have been teaching online Shakespeare classes at Brave Writer for at least eight years, both the introductory Shakespeare Family Workshop and the high school Literary Analysis courses which focus on studying and discussing an individual play by the Bard, I thought it was time to bring Shakespeare to ECII.
The new class is called Discussing Shakespeare, and it's open to students in grades 9-12. This class will focus on DISCUSSING Shakespeare's plays after a short introduction on Shakespeare's life, times, theater, language, and poetry. Currently no written work is planned; the classes will focus on reading and discussing the plays in class, reading sections aloud and analyzing them, and perhaps watching YouTube clips of various scenes.
While either the Shakespeare Made Easy series by Barron's or the No Fear Shakespeare series by SparkNotes are preferred texts as they have a modern translation on the facing page, any unabridged version of Shakespeare's plays will do. Links will be provided for FREE ONLINE TEXTS of the plays as well.
The SYLLABUS for Discussing Shakespeare is as follows:
Lesson 1: Shakespeare’s Life, Times, and Language
Lesson 2: Shakespeare’s Comedies and Much Ado About Nothing
Lesson 3: Much Ado About Nothing
Lesson 4: Twelfth Night
Lesson 5: Twelfth Night
Lesson 6: The Merchant of Venice
Lesson 7: The Merchant of Venice
Lesson 8: Shakespeare’s Histories and Henry V
Lesson 9: Henry V
Lesson 10: Richard III
Lesson 11: Richard III
Lesson 12: Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Romeo & Juliet
Lesson 13: Romeo & Juliet
Lesson 14: Macbeth
Lesson 15: Macbeth
Lesson 16: Hamlet
Lesson 17: Hamlet
Lesson 18: Farewell to the Bard Party
Film versions of the plays will also be recommended as appropriate along with some possible supplemental reading.
We also have plans to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday in April, perhaps perform some scenes for one of the Class Day Openings, and if possible, attend a live performance of a Shakespeare play.
So please, gentle ladies and sirs, prithee attend this our newest course at East County II.