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 →

The Importance of Free Shakespeare

This weekend my son saw his second Shakespeare production. He is one year old. Despite my personal beliefs, I do not have some sort of miracle baby that can sit through a two-three hour production at the theatre. He loves to babble and smile at people and generally charm those around him. Adorable, but not... Continue Reading →

Much Ado About Nothing Part 2

Act II, Scene 2 Don John is quite dismayed that his plan didn’t work, but Borachio has a plan B. He can ruin the wedding, but it will involve a covert operation. You see, he and Hero’s gentlewoman, Margaret, have been getting intimate on a regular basis. Don John doesn’t really see what that has... Continue Reading →

Much Ado About Nothing Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 The Prince has sent a message to his good friend Leonato to inform him that he and his soldiers will be coming to stay for a while. Leonato is very pleased at this news, especially since the battle went well and the didn’t lose anyone important. He is eager to see... Continue Reading →

Shakespeare Books for Kids Part 2!

The baby is napping...for now...so we’re back for part 2. In part 1, we looked at adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to see what the current offerings are and how they present the play for kids. This selection covers Shakespeare the man and the word he lived in. It’s easy to underestimate the importance... Continue Reading →

Children’s Shakespeare Adaptations

I had to write all of this while my one month old was occupied, so proofreading is sorely lacking...apologies 🙂 Since I just had a baby and most people in my life know that I’m a giant Shakespeare nerd, I find myself with a decent collection of Shakespeare books for children. Shockingly, I do not... Continue Reading →

From Confusion to Rage

Why Are the History Plays So Hard?! There is little doubt that the Henriad is much better than the Henry VI plays. There’s little doubt that pretty much all of the history plays are better than the Henry Vi plays. Despite being well-written and largely entertaining, they can still be quite difficult to work through.... Continue Reading →

Decontructing the Tudor Myth

By usurping Richard III in 1485, Henry Tudor (now Henry VII) brought about the end of the Wars of the Roses, decades of turmoil for the English people. The Tudor Dynasty meant a long period of peace and prosperity for England...at least that is what they wanted us to believe. Unfortunately for the Tudors, Henry’s... Continue Reading →

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