But, Was Helen Worth It?

Every time I come across a story about the Trojan War, I find myself thinking the same two thoughts: 1) Paris is the WORST, and 2) was Helen really worth all this? Today, I will be examining the latter. I could go on a rant about Paris, but I think that is a much less... Continue Reading →

Alls Well that Ends Well Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 The Countess is quite upset that her son has to leave when she just lost her husband. Bertram, her son, is equally torn up about this turn of events, but he has been called on to serve the King. There’s no turning down the King. Lafeu assures them that the King... Continue Reading →

Troilus and Cressida Part 3

Act IV, Scene 3 Paris tells Troilus to go and say goodbye to Cressida. Troilus promises to deliver her to the Greeks, but he’s not happy about it. Paris feels sorry for his brother’s lost love. Act IV, Scene 4 There’s no way around it. Cressida has to go and the two lovers will be... Continue Reading →

Troilus and Cressida Part 2

Let's continue our work through Troilus & Cressida by covering Act 2, Scene 3 through Act 4, Scene 2

Troilus and Cressida Part 1

Act I, Prologue The Greeks have come to ransack Troy because Helen, Menalaus’s wife, is sleeping with Paris. Now the Greeks are camped outside of Troy and we are going to start in the middle of the war and cover the little bit that can be covered by a single play. Act I, Scene 1... Continue Reading →

Teaching the Basics

Today we are going to look into how we can lay the foundation, but before we do that, I want to take a moment to respond to some great feedback/questions I received. Hopefully, this will make these ideas more well rounded and, as always, I would love to get some input from other teachers. First,... Continue Reading →

Teaching Shakespeare Overview

I recently went back to my old grade school. It was surreal going back to a place I had graduated from 15 years prior. It was even more surreal walking through the halls with a baby in my arms. All of the teachers were getting their classrooms ready. Assigning lockers and desks. Putting up motivational... Continue Reading →

Breaking Bard Episode 1

Today, I am launching my brand new podcast Breaking Bard. In each episode I will explore a specific aspect of Shakespeare or one of his plays. I'll cover a lot of topics and have fun doing it. I hope you'll join me by listening below or subscribing through your favorite podcast app. (I'm still waiting for... Continue Reading →

Hamlet Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1 The King approaches Gertrude to figure out what happened when she spoke with Hamlet. Gertrude decides it would probably be best to tell the King about what happened without anyone else around, so she dismisses Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Once they’re gone, she tells the King that Hamlet, in his madness, stabbed... Continue Reading →

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