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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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A Midsummer Night’s Themed Twelfth Birthday

K had her twelfth birthday during the Shakespeare summer, so how could I not put together a lightly themed Midsummer Night's Dream birthday party for her? We all got in on it, and worked hard to get the room ready for a lunchtime tea party: We threw lights on everything we possibly could and added…

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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 Four

Things went a bit manic this week, and yet it was probably the most exciting week we've had.  All the children's hard work was about to come to fruition; everything was slowly falling in to place; acceptance notices were coming back from guests and the dining area was slowly being turned into an enchanted wood.…

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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: 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 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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The Summer Shakespeare Club: PBL Choices

We have just completed our first Shakespeare club week and, whilst it is hard work, everyone is laughing lots and thoroughly enjoying themselves.  It has definitely been worth all the hours I've put in over the past four weeks. Each afternoon the guys work for a couple of hours on their projects.  As you know…

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A Shakespeare Summer Club: Project Based Learning

I mentioned in my last post that the children will be doing some Shakespeare based PBL.  PBL works very well in our household, not maybe as our main way to home school, but definitely as an important extra.  I thought I would give a bit more detail as to what I will be expecting over…

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