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

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

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

Twelfth Night Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 Duke Orsino wants to hear music to fuel his passionate love and hopefully kill it through excess. (Yeah, that’s how that works) Just kidding, he doesn’t want to hear any music. It doesn’t make him as happy as before. Orsino reflects on the ever-shifting nature of love, which may remind us … Continue reading Twelfth Night Part 1

As You Like It Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1 Jaques wishes to be better acquainted with Ganymede (Rosalind). However, Rosalind isn’t so sure because Jaques is so sad all the time. She feels that someone who is overabundant is happiness or sadness makes for dull company. Jaques sees nothing wrong in being sad and silent. Rosalind sees nothing wrong with … Continue reading As You Like It Part 3