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 the Basics

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 Teaching Shakespeare Overview

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 Breaking Bard Episode 1

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 Hamlet Part 3

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 The Importance of Free Shakespeare

Hamlet Part 2

Act II, Scene 2 (continued) Now it’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s turn to figure out just how crazy Hamlet really is. They really should conclude that he is of sound mind because what follows is a quick-witted exchange about a number of topics. First, they joke about Fortune and that she gets around quite a bit. … Continue reading Hamlet Part 2

Twelfth Night and the Gender Spectrum

Disclaimer: I consider myself to be an ally to the LGTBQ+ community, but I am a cis-gendered woman. I have spent a good deal of time thinking about how to present this topic without unintentionally offending anyone. I am still learning and understanding, so please forgive any transgressions I make. I welcome constructive criticism in … Continue reading Twelfth Night and the Gender Spectrum

Hamlet Part 1

Buckle up! It’s time for Shakespeare’s longest play. Grab some refreshments and get ready for a moody, broody, and maybe loony protagonist. Act I, Scene 1 Bernardo comes to relieve Francisco from his watch. Francisco is tired after his quiet watch and is ready for bed. Just as he leaves, Horatio and Marcellus come to … Continue reading Hamlet Part 1

Twelfth Night Part 3

It’s been awhile! For an update on what’s been going on with me, read to the end of this blog, but first let’s finish some Twelfth Night! If you need a refresher on the rest of the play, click here for part 1 and here for part 2. Act IV, Scene 1 Sebastian is getting … Continue reading Twelfth Night Part 3

Twelfth Night Part 2

Act II, Scene 4 Orsino longs to hear the song he heard the night before because it managed to relieve the pain of his unrequited love. Unfortunately, it was the Clown that sang it and he isn’t at Orsino’s house; he’s at Olivia’s house. Orsino sends Curio to fetch the Clown, but in the meantime … Continue reading Twelfth Night Part 2