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 From Confusion to Rage

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 Decontructing the Tudor Myth

Introduction to Henry IV, Part 1

It will surprise no one to know that Shakespeare took a fair amount of creative liberty when presenting the history of Henry IV's reign. He did this in part to create a more compelling story and in part to satisfy the Tudor propaganda that was extremely relevant to his ability to produce plays. First, he … Continue reading Introduction to Henry IV, Part 1

The Merchant of Venice Discussion Guide

Introducing students to The Merchant of Venice is tricky, but directly confronting the issues that make it so can lead to several interesting and necessary discussions. What is anti-semitism and how has it appeared throughout history? It is important to take the time to identify the stereotypes and develop and understanding of how those stereotypes … Continue reading The Merchant of Venice Discussion Guide

Romeo, Juliet, and the Suicide Discussion

Romeo & Juliet is often a teen's first introduction to Shakespeare. This is a logical decision given that the two protagonists are quintessential teens. It gives the students someone to relate to. However, in recent years we have become more aware of how portraying suicide within the media effects young people suffering from depression. The … Continue reading Romeo, Juliet, and the Suicide Discussion

Scholar Out in the World: Romeo & Juliet Presented by Globe Actor

It's not often that we get the opportunity to see an actor from Shakespeare's Globe in London here in Cincinnati, Ohio, but we had that opportunity today. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company invited Scott Brooksbank from the Globe to present interactive retellings of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the … Continue reading Scholar Out in the World: Romeo & Juliet Presented by Globe Actor

Well Rounded Education

So, I was working on updating my resume today (yeah...that's right, job searching!) and I decided I should include some relevant coursework on my resume. Of course, I don't actually remember every class I've ever taken (education *fist pump*), so I had to go searching on my student page. It took a minute because my … Continue reading Well Rounded Education

No More Excuses!

Alright, so I am officially a Master and as such can not use school work as an excuse for not posting. I am still trying to decide if it is better to post something (anything) regularly, or only post when I have something worthwhile to say... maybe I'll post on that life struggle another day... … Continue reading No More Excuses!

An Uneducated Inspiration

The fact that Shakespeare didn't even complete his grammar school education is a favorite fact to cite by those who doubt he wrote his plays. However, I think that the fact that he had so little education proves to be an inspiration. I have been reading the book "William Shakespeare without the Boring Bits" and … Continue reading An Uneducated Inspiration

Activity Idea: Clapping Out the Rhythm

I know this activity has been done in many a classroom and children's theater group, but I think it deserves some more recognition. There is plenty of research to support how beneficial hands-on activities can be for children's learning. Kids are so tactile and exploratory by nature that these types of activities can help the … Continue reading Activity Idea: Clapping Out the Rhythm