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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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 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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