How to Use This Course
See your students study and perform the plays of Shakespeare in your own home with help from SchoolhouseTeachers.com. The Simply Shakespeare class offered through SchoolhouseTeachers.com exposes students to the background of the plays of Shakespeare and uses discussion prompts to help them understand the characters, motives, etc. There are also in-depth discussion questions to help students look at the plays of Shakespeare from a Biblical point of view and a behind-the-scenes look at the vocabulary used in the plays of Shakespeare. This class can enrich any student’s study. It is also beneficial to students trying to understand these plays in their literature classes or who will be working with these plays in later grades. It is designed for any family anywhere as an extracurricular fine arts activity. This course counts as a drama elective. Students who complete six units may earn 1 academic credit. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.
What these Tales shall have been to the young readers, that and much more it is the writer’s wish that the true Plays of Shakespeare may prove to them in older years – enrichers of fancy, strengtheners of virtue, a withdrawing from all selfish and mercenary thoughts, a lesson of all sweet and honorable thoughts and actions to teach courtesy, benignity, generosity, humanity: for of examples, teaching these virtues, his pages are full. ~ Charles Lamb, Tales from Shakespeare
Welcome to Simply Shakespeare! As an only child and former home-schooled student, I am keenly aware that the idea of performing selections from a Shakespearean play can seem daunting and intimidating. However, no matter the size or age of your family, you can all fully participate in Simply Shakespeare! Invite fellow homeschoolers in your area, cousins, or friends (whether far away or in your church) to come and help you; visiting family and friends will also be able to reap the benefits of this kid-friendly project.
If you cannot find other people to help, dolls and plastic figures are an excellent resource! I’ll give you some instructions to help you bring them to life. Each month our unit studies will include a vocabulary section, Performer’s Corner (your go-to guide for producing your production), and lots of material to help Shakespeare not only make sense, but also come alive! You may even find some of what he says relates to your everyday life.
Simply Shakespeare is designed for any family anywhere and uniquely formatted for an extracurricular fine arts activity; the activities can be completed in a week or comfortably spaced through several week’s time. By reading and acting together, your entire family will benefit artistically, educationally, and spiritually!
More than a dozen self-contained printable units are available.
- King Lear
- Romeo and Juliet
- Romeo and Juliet-Day Camp
- The Comedy of Errors
- Twelfth Night
- The Tempest
- Henry V: This Wooden O
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- The Merchant of Venice
- As You Like It
- A Winter’s Tale
- The Taming of the Shrew
- The Two Gentlemen of Verona
More Shakespearean Fun
- Lego Challenge
- Fall Festival
- A Shakespearean Christmas Celebration
- Harmonies of Grace: A Musical Journey with Shakespeare
- Rest Ye Merry (Christmas)
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