Shakespeare Unit Study

A Summer Shakespeare Club: Introduction Summer Shakespeare Club: Making Club T-Shirts A Summer Shakespeare Club: Adventure Box A Summer Shakespeare Club: Meeting the Members Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream – Day 1 Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream – Day 2 Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream – Day 3 Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream – Day 4 Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream – Day 5 Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet –…

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Reflections of a Shakespeare Summer: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I have found putting into words my reflections of this summer remarkably hard.  I think because on one hand it has been one of the best summers in terms of sheer solid learning, fun and relationships, but on the other hand it has held some rather difficult to digest learning about myself.  I shall start…

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Shakespeare Summer Club: Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This has to be the largest and most extravagant, not to mention complicated, presentation we have ever pulled off.  It was also one of the most satisfying, gratifying and pride inducing experiences, educationally speaking, I have ever had.  It could not have gone any better.  It was more than any of us could have hoped…

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Shakespeare Summer Club: Projects Week Three

Writing each individual act  Each child had his/ her script written with parts highlighted for each character and enough copied for every person.  I am hoping to provide you all a PDF of the whole play script, in case you wanted to see exactly how five such different acts could possibl;e form a fairly seamless…

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Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet – Act I

Our first Shakespeare Club week was a huge success, so we were all looking forward to this week, assuming it would be equally fab.  Unfortunately it really wasn't.  I think this was due to many different reasons: All five children and their mothers (ie me and Lorna) were exhausted from the week before.  Honestly, I…

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Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream – Day 5

Midsummer Night's Dream Day 1 Midsummer Night's Dream Day 2 Midsummer Night's Dream Day 3 Midsummer Night's Dream Day 4 Shakespeare Biographical Work (10 mins) Read out-loud Act I, scene 5:  Hyperbole, Oxymoron and Made Up Words from the following Shakespeare book: Midsummer Night's Dream Act IV, Scene I-II (80 mins) We listened to the following BBC3 production…

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Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream – Day 4

Midsummer Night's Dream Day 1 Midsummer Night's Dream Day 2 Midsummer Night's Dream Day 3 Shakespeare Biographical Work (10 mins) Read out-loud Act I, scene 4:  Shakespeare Attends School from the following Shakespeare book: Midsummer Night's Dream Act IV, Scene I-II (50 mins) Read and Listen to Act IV (about 25 mins) We listened to the…

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Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream – Day 3

Midsummer Night's Dream Day 1 Midsummer Night's Dream Day 2 Shakespeare Biographical Work (10 mins) Read out-loud  Act I, scene 3:  John Shakespeare Takes his Son to His First Play from the following Shakespeare book: Midsummer Night's Dream Act III, Scene I-III (80 mins) Yesterday we had forgone the audio and just watched the video,…

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Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream – Day 2

For Day 1 see here Shakespeare Biographical Work (10 mins) Read out-loud Act 1, scene 2: John Shakespeare supports his Growing Family  from the following Shakespeare book: Language study Iambic pentameter (20 mins) Iambic pentameter is something I remember struggling to get my head round as a teen yet as an adult it seems so…

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Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream – Day 1

Pre study The children read Midsummer Night's Dream from the following books to familiarise themselves with the story: I also bought this beautiful book.  The pictures are mesmerising and the story well told.  It was really important that the children completely understood the story of this play because their project would be based on Midsummer…

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