Aug 28, 2011

Shakespeare Thematic Unit

I have been getting a lot of emails asking about our Shakespeare Thematic Unit, so I figured I would take a few minutes to outline our plan.

KM has been in a Shakespeare group for three years now and since she has a really good grasp on a few plays and a phenomenal understanding of the language, we have decided to cover a good deal of Shakespeare's plays, some better known and some not so much.

We began the summer using the free educational resource kit we got from the National Endowment of the Arts. This kit was incredible!!! KM also spent a good amount of time researching Shakespeare's life by reading Who Was William Shakespeare? and The World Of Shakespeare. We also have been gathering info on all things Elizabethan, utilizing Teacher Created Thematic Unit, discovering the beauty in his sonnets and were lucky enough to be able to attend a  free Shakespeare on the Common performances of All's Well That Ends Well. 

Starting this week we will begin delving into recordings of the plays - all of which can be found on Netflix. Here are the ones we will be covering -

  • Romeo & Juliet - 1968
  • Romeo + Juliet - 1996
  • Macbeth
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Hamlet
  • Taming of the Shrew
  • Richard III
  • Othello 
  • O
  • King Lear
  • As You Like It
  • The Tempest
  • Merchant of Venice
  • Julius Cesear
  • Anthony Cleopatra
  • Henry V
  • Twelfth Night
  • Comedy of Errors
  • Merry Wives of Windsor
  • The Winter's Tale
  • Midsummer's Night Dream
  • All's Well That Ends Well
  • Love's Labour's Lost
Additional Related Films - 
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Undead
Additional Resources - 
All our lesson plans are done on Homeschool Tracker so if you use it too and would like a copy feel free to ask! I would not recommend this type of intensive program for a child that isn't familiar with Shakespeare and more importantly the language style.
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