Simply Charlotte Mason Homeschooling - How to Teach Shakespeare

I’m going to venture to say that most of us did not grow up with Shakespeare as a regular part of our education. In my school years, I had only one Shakespeare play introduced to me and that was a last-minute, “Here, let’s watch this movie,” by a substitute teacher.  But Charlotte Mason believed that […] How to Teach Shakespeare originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

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I'm so new shaver with simply Charlotte Mason. I'm going to venture to say that most of us did not grow up with Shakespeare as a regular part of our education high school years. I had only one Shakespeare play introduced to me and that was a last-minute here. Let's watch this movie by a substitute teacher.

But Charlotte Mason believe that Shakespeare's plays help instruct your students conscience and reinforce in story form the difference between right and wrong and his powerful use of the English language with a valuable bonus. So let's walk through a simple and effective way to teach Shakespeare.

You will need three things a narrative of the Play Written in story form a copy of the script and Shakespeare's words and a live or recorded performance of the play.

For each play you want to study go through three steps and let me just tell you this is the same process that is used in our Shakespeare in three steps guides Step. 1 read aloud The Narrative version the story Forum presentation will help your students get familiar with the plot and the characters just as they do with other living books that you read to them.

Step 2. Now that your students have the story framework in mind go to Shakespeare's words walk through the script and short section. You can assign different people to read character's lines or this is my favorite listen to a dramatized recording of the section and follow along in the script. The Archangel dramatizations are excellent.

Here's what a typical Step 2 lesson would look like it's basically the same sequence you would use for other living books review introduce read.

First you remind the students of what part of the story was read last time and ask what they recall about it now with that section of the play brought to the Forefront of the mind you can present the next sections and the student will attach it to the previous one. So do that quick review first next introduced the section for today give a brief overview of what is coming up in this section and go over any key words that will be helpful for understanding it you may want to highlight a couple of Shakespeare's lines that are especially interesting or well-known in that day section.

Then read or listen to that section happily Shakespeare's plays are divided into acts and scenes which can make great natural sections. Try to keep a step 2 lesson 2 no more than 20 minutes focused and short

All right, step three. Once you've read the story for the play and gone over the script of the play now watch a performance of that play whether live or recorded your students will be able to follow along and enjoy it much more since they've already become familiar with the plot and the characters and some of the lines, of course choose your performance carefully to make sure it is well done and true to the original and appropriate for your students.

You can easily introduce Shakespeare to your children in this way beginning in 4th grade someplace even second grade don't underestimate what your child can glean from these powerful works.

Here are some ways to level a Shakespeare study up or down one way to level it down is in the story version that you select for step one. You could share shorter picture book versions such as those written by Bruce Coville or audio retellings such as those by Jim Weiss, or you can level up to moderate links narratives such as those written by E Nesbit and Charles and Mary lamb. Those are the ones that are included in the Shakespeare in three steps guide.

Another way to level up or down is in how many plays you cover each year, you could introduce One play every year or every two years or you could level all the way up to three plays each year covering a different play each term.

You can also level up or down in Step 2 as you work through the actual script it all depends on how deeply you want to dive into Shakespeare's words. You can simply highlight a couple of lines from each scene discuss what they mean and leave it at that.

Or you can highlight several lines in each scene and spend more time discussing and narrating them.

You can assign some lines to be memorized or you can level up again by selecting an entire scene to memorize and present either as a recitation or as a performance with various actors. And of course you can level up again by putting on a presentation of the whole play yourselves. It's up to you how much you want to level up or down? Just keep in mind the three step process read the story here the script watch the play and you are students and you will enjoy some of the greatest literature ever written Shakespeare's plays.

I'll leave links in the show notes to the resources. I mentioned and the Shakespeare in three steps guides those guys make the three step process easy. Plus they give you a heads up on any lines that you might want to skip and several candid reviews of video recordings of each play to help you choose the performance that will fit your family best and you can get the Archangel audio dramatization along with each one.

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