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  1. So excited to find these - just had to share. :001_smile: http://pheemcfaddell.com/stories/bard/BardPuppetPage.php
  2. Our Memoria Press work this year schedules Bard of Avon, which my child already read with Ambleside. I'll probably have him re-read it and do the MP work orally, but would like to go a bit deeper; the child is not wild about Shakespeare, though he sometimes enjoys it, and we've read 2-3 plays aloud in the original (first we watch a BBC video short version unless it is a tragedy, then using No Fear Shakespeare we do plain English, then finally Shakespearean English). Any suggestions? I was thinking maybe Shakespeare for Kids; we don't tend to get a lot of retention from this series, but it does build familiarity. Who Was William Shakespeare? -- I do like this series. Or -- just found this, now it is my current favorite -- Shakespeare: His Work and His World, by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Robert Ingpen. Documentary suggestions also welcome! Resources recommended downthread: Bill Bryson's Shakespeare biography. The version linked is an illustrated & updated one, because I couldn't resist the pretty pictures ... Documentaries (you can check youtube & the PBS website for free versions): In Search of Shakespeare, a documentary. Shakespeare Uncovered, Series 1 and Series 2 : the "story behind the stories" of the plays. ETA: This child is 12, and he is in 7th grade. His formal literature works this year include Treasure Island, The Wind in the Willows, Tom Sawyer, MP's selections for American Literature Poetry & Short Stories, and As You Like It.
  3. I read aloud the "story" in Edith Nesbit's Shakespeare Stories. We are going to see the play live in September done by a local Shakespeare Company. How would you recommend tackling reading the play itself? I have the Oxford School Shakespeare version. I am afraid to assign it as reading unless we do tiny chunks. Is there an audio version we can listen to while we read it? Or should I attempt it as a read aloud?? If there is a thread already somewhere on this, just direct me to the right place. Thanks!!!
  4. I am wondering if I could get some feedback on the LL Shakespeare guides versus the newer MP guides versus the few PP guides. I am thinking I'll probably use the TG only, since it's basically a family course around here. It will give me what I need to guide them (hold my hand, in a way), as well as start/engage in discussion and facilitate understanding for all of us. I am curious to know from any that have used any of these what you thought of the extra background content available (most interested in cultural and political contexts), as well as other insightful attributes. Not so interested in writing activities. We will be using audio dramatizations to further enjoy the texts and go to a local Tavern to watch performances. Thanks!
  5. Touchpress The Sonnets by William Shakespeare DS is studying the sonnets this fall at the CC and I remembered seeing this link shared a while back. Scroll down to where the numbers are listed to watch each video. Re-sharing for those who might find it similarly helpful. I'm drooling over the ones read by Patrick Stewart (our favorite Star Trek captain) and David Tennant (our favorite Doctor!). :drool5: We have an old iPad that's not cooperating so we are watching the free ones on our laptops for now. There's an iPad/ iPhone app for those who want to try that (not free)!
  6. I have the following resources on my shelf: The Handbook of Nature Study, Drawing with Children, and How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare. I know I would like to incorporate them next year into our studies to add some beauty to our days but I'm drawing a blank on how best to use them. I keep circling around, brainstorming different ideas, and searching the internet but I would love to hear how YOU are using any or all of them in your homeschool. What is really working for you or what did you try and found to be a flop? Help me brainstorm how to get the most out of these rich resources. Thanks!
  7. There are four different Great Courses about Shakespeare. At this point we are not specializing in any one facet of Shakespeare or any specific play(s), so any or all of them are totally fine. Though they all deal with slightly different subject matter, I was curious if anyone had specific likes or dislikes about any of them. # 273 Shakespeare: The Word and The Action by Peter Saccio # 280 Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies by Peter Saccio # 2752 Shakespeare's Tragedies by Clare R. Kinney # 2711 How to Read and Understand Shakespeare by Marc Connor Thanks!
  8. We have a child's version of Shakespeare plays, but I want to attempt reading a full play to my 11 year old son. Can anyone, who has obviously read them all (anyone out there??) recommend which one is the best to begin with? Thank you :001_smile:
  9. We've done Midsummer Night's Dream (using the Bruce Coville book, and the BBC's Animated Tales video) and I'd like to do a second play. Do y'all have suggestions for which one? A. is 7.5 (and N, 2.5, is tagging along). I had thought Twelfth Night or maybe Winter's Tale -- I don't think the ending of Romeo and Juliet would be good for A. (I want him to like Shakespeare, after all; and he's pretty sensitive) and of course Hamlet & Othello are right out! any ideas are most welcome. I am aiming to do 2 plays/year, or maybe one play and go through our resources both in the fall and the spring. * This is a thread on Shakespeare I started last year, which has links to many resources as well as excellent posts from the boardies. * a note RE the Animated Tales: these are really wonderful condensations-- Midsummer Night's Dream is particularly well-done -- but be aware that each play is produced by an entirely different group. So, other than animation, there is no similarity in style between the different plays, and if you like one you might very well detest another. If you can try them first via your library (or Netflix?) before purchasing that would be best. We do not own the set, just the one play which I bought inexpensively on VHS.
  10. How does one go about introducing Shakespeare to uninterested teenagers? I would like them to at least have a little Shakespeare under their belts before they graduate! I love to just read the books but this may not be the best way to go with them. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :001_smile:
  11. Seeking ideas! Please brainstorm with me! Background: this is for my 9yo who loves classics, reads deeply (almost always unabridged) likes challenging vocabulary and has had good but fleeting exposure to Shakespeare over the years either by watching dramatizations, acting in one himself at age 5 (with original but slightly abridged dialogue), watching documentaries/ movies or just discussing some aspect of Shakespeare in everyday conversation when we have the chance. We have also read the Leon Garfield versions and one or two other children's versions (Nesbitt, Lamb) when he was younger. What won't work: Lightning Lit or Online G3 or more of the abridged, children's versions (due to schedule conflicts, curriculum-commitment issues and dislike of watered-down stories). LL could work as a spine though. He dislikes notebooking and lapbooking. He doesn't mind writing but is not yet ready for essays. What might work: about a para or two of writing per play. I'm basically looking for something close to high school level but not necessarily writing heavy...not interested in learning for credit etc. We want to have fun and enjoy this as much as we can. Learning for the love of learning! What will work for sure: humor (low on the bawdy side if possible although he really liked one of the The Reduced Shakespeare Co. videos we watched), and visual appeal like movies, animations and games. What I have (and trying not to spend too much on other things): Folger editions of several comedies: off hand without checking my shelves: Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Midsummer Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice. Folger/ other editions of tragedies: Julius Caesar, Macbeth, R&J. One of the Great Courses on Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies (just ordered) Planning to try Shakespeare in Bits: http://www.mindconnex.com We have access to Netflix but not a very good library We may not use audiobooks due to poor library access, can't afford to buy them right now Might try pulling a small group together to read plays aloud or might just do it on our own I've read a few of the full plays myself but thought I would ask for ideas. I plan to start with a comedy, maybe Midsummer Night's Dream because there is a Shakespeare in Bits version too for supplementing. Which tragedy do you suggest I move on to? I'm considering Macbeth or Caesar (I read MacB ages ago but haven't read JulC yet). I have heard that R&J can be overly suggestive for younger audiences. I know he's mature enough to work on "lighter" tragedies so I have decided not to focus on only comedies for now. Besides, I think we will enjoy the variety. Any ideas to make this a very memorable study? :bigear: :001_smile:
  12. The CiRCE Online Academy: A Truly Classical Approach http://www.losttoolsofwriting.com/collections/online-classes'>http://www.losttoolsofwriting.com/collections/online-classes'>http://www.losttoolsofwriting.com/collections/online-classes'>http://www.losttoolsofwriting.com/collections/online-classes'>http://www.losttoolsofwriting.com/collections/online-classes'>http://www.losttoolsofwriting.com/collections/online-classes'>http://www.losttoolsofwriting.com/collections/online-classes **Note that these courses are offered for teenage students as well as home-school parents. My daughter and I have taken courses through this academy and would gladly answer questions about our experience. I am new to the forum; so I apologize if this information was already posted. --Anne** Featuring courses in classical composition and literature taught by experienced and dedicated classical educators, the CiRCE Institute's Online Classical Academy provides a digital model for classical education designed to help home-schooling parents supplement the education of their children. Courses include: - An Introduction to Shakespeare (Summer 2012: Starts May 28) - Homer's The Odyssey (Summer 2012: Starts May 28) - Genesis: In the Beginning (Summer 2012: Starts July 9) - Introduction to Major British and American Poets (School year 2012-13) - The Greek Plays: Sophocles (School year 2012-13) - The Lost Tools of Writing, Level 1 (School year 2012-13) - The Lost of Writing, Level 2 (School year 2012-13) http://www.losttoolsofwriting.com/collections/online-classes Get in Touch: info@circeinstitute.org 704.786.9684 http://www.losttoolsofwriting.com/collections/online-classes
  13. Which plays and films of Macbeth do you recommend? Junior high and older. Thanks.
  14. I'm hoping to do a Shakespeare intro before the school year runs out (related to our incorporating more Ambleside Online materials, and also more classics a la "the thread" :)). My oldest is 6 years old. Any ideas? Would you start with some Shakespeare bio and appropriate history? favorite plays? Midsummer Night's Dream is the common suggestion for little ones, but Button wants things to Make Sense so I'm not sure that would work. Here's what I've got: 1. We have old, not-beautifully illustrated retellings from Lamb and Nesbit. 2. This recent thread was inspiring. It included a suggestion for Weiss' recordings and a link to this blog page by Elizabeth Foss, also inspiring. 3. For mama-education, Milestones Academy pointed me to Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare, OOP but I'm going to try and borrow/buy a copy. Missing are pretty pictures; does anyone have favorite illustrated Shakespeare books for young ones? I am thinking maybe to do Shakespeare Fridays for the rest of the year ... anyhow, :bigear::bigear::bigear:! I'm editing to add links to things suggested in posts below: Muppets! look here for Muppet Shakespeare. Scripts adapted for children: Weinstein's Shakespeare scripts. Picture book bios: Diane Stanley's Bard of Avon and Aliki's William Shakespeare and the Globe. Teacher background on political and hidden undercurrents/meanings in Shakespeare: Shadowplay. Picture book retellings: _Bruce Coville has several picture books of Shakespeare stories: here's his Twelfth Night. _ The "Shakespeare Can be Fun" series, many if not all by Burdett: here is that version of Twelfth Night. General teaching resource: the Folger Shakespeare Library's Teacher Resource page. Inexpensive fingerpuppets & stage &c: Masterpuppet Theater. Shakespeare for children series at the Book Depository: no reviews there, but free shipping, books under $10 each, and good rec. on this thread. Each are about 64 p.
  15. I'm part of a Shakespeare discussion group with some other homeschooling moms on these boards and we are hoping to excite some more participation. We are studying one play per month and the play we are studying for the month of March is The Tempest. If you would like to join and participate, please click on the following link: http://hivemindshake.webs.com/apps/forums/ We are looking forward to getting some new members! :001_smile:
  16. I'm part of a Shakespeare discussion group with some other homeschooling moms on these boards and we are hoping to excite some more participation. We are studying one play per month and the play we are studying for the month of March is The Tempest. If you would like to join and participate, please click on the following link: http://hivemindshake.webs.com/apps/forums/ If any of your dc are interested, they would be welcome too! We are looking forward to getting some new members! :001_smile:
  17. I'm part of a Shakespeare discussion group with some other homeschooling moms on these boards and we are hoping to excite some more participation. We are studying one play per month and the play we are studying for the month of March is The Tempest. If you would like to join and participate, please click on the following link: http://hivemindshake.webs.com/apps/forums/ If any of your dc are interested, they would be welcome too! We are looking forward to getting some new members! :001_smile:
  18. I am looking for any and all suggestions regarding teaching Shakespeare to the elementary age. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. -Savannah http://www.hammocktracks.com
  19. I have an 11-year old daughter who is taking Latin 1 (Wheelock) and Latin and Greek work roots also. She is advanced in her Grammar and about average in math, probably a year or so ahead in other subjects. What age should I start Shakespeare? I feel like if she can handle an aggressive Latin program at this age, she should be ok with Willy... any opinions? I hate to pile on too much also, so that is a consideration. I was thinking of just going slowly, with "Shakespeare Saturdays" - maybe an hour per week. :confused1:
  20. Hello Hive ;) My brain is tired but I wanted to share my enthusiastic support for the "Shakespeare Set Free" teaching guides. We have approx. 15 students, from 6th to 10th grades in a Twelfth Night workshop I'm facilitating with another instructor. I had to spend some time pre-reading and photocopying but the kids are doing great! The key is that they get the kids on their feet actually reading Shakespeare. I do find it challenging but it is actually getting easier, now that I am relaxing and trusting the lesson plans. And I have gathered veils, men's suit jackets and hats, which have helped each actor get into their part. Cruising the thrift store weekly for costumes :tongue_smilie: I'm just so happy with what the kids are learning and accomplishing. FYI we are going for 6 weeks, meeting twice weekly for 1 hour (though we are trying to extend 1 class to 2 hours every week so the acting is not so rushed.) The guide suggests a short list of lessons for those of us not meeting 5 days each week. Best wishes to you all!
  21. We've been loosely following the Ambelside literature selections for a couple years (even though we weren't homeschooling) Anyhow, I've been avoiding the Shakespeare books for a while... Which Shakespeare retelling did you use? Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare or Tales From Shakespeare? This is for my 7 y.o. first grader.
  22. DD would like to study some Shakespeare during the next semester (we are finishing medieval literature and history, and she will be doing Renaissance history in the spring). I would like to do about half a credit worth of Shakespeare studies. We will have an opportunity to see a live performance of Othello in June, so this will be one of the plays we plan to study. I have a list of plays we are interested in reading, maybe watching a video of a performance. We need some materials that analyze and explain the plays and I am really not sure what exactly it is I am looking for. Any recommendations? Also, how important is it to study Shakespeare's biography to understand his writings? Thanks
  23. Can you guys help me out with some fun stuff to go with an impromptu Shakespeare unit study for a second-grader? We were going to read some adaptations later this year anyway, but I just stumbled onto a Shakespeare drama class for kids at the library, so I thought it might be fun to do some things now. :) I'm obviously not looking to do an in-depth study with my 7yo, lol, but we're going to read some stories, maybe a biography...anything else? Fun activities or websites or projects? I'd love to head whatever you can think of! She's quite an advanced reader, so resources geared for middle-schoolers would be fine...but I'd like to keep it fun. I'm usually a very no-fun, get the basics done type homeschoolers (too many little guys underfoot!) and I want to break out of that a little with this. Many thanks! :)
  24. I know I've seen threads on particular versions of the plays, but couldn't find it. Could anyone recommend your FAVORITE versions of: Romeo and Juliet Taming of the Shrew Hamlet Merchant of Venice The Tempest And any others 14 and 17 year old girls would be likely to enjoy. (By favorite, I don't necessarily mean truest to the text, but nothing veering off towards Monty Python. The version that will have them liking Shakespeare.)
  25. If not, how do you tackle unfamiliar words? Thanks for any input, Robin
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