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  1. Can anyone tell me about this play? What age would you feel is appropriate to read it? I know nothing of the story. My dd is in a novel club in which they discuss books made into movies, then watch the movie. The leader is going to do this play and go to a Shakespeare Tavern to see it performed on stage. I've heard this theater does things "very off color", but maybe Shakespeare just wrote a lot of "off color" stuff. I had to read Julius Ceaser in high school, but that has been a long time. Are there things in the play that would be inappropriate if done on stage? The club is for 7th-12th, but she is one of the youngest in the group. Thanks for any input.
  2. How do you handle Shakespeare? I have a hard time reading the longer plays (Macbeth, Hamlet). It is hard to keep up with the play format. We have read JC and the Sophocles trilogy, but these seem to be more of a challenge. I'm thinking we should watch the movies first and then read them?? Watch the movies only???
  3. My son is loving the Jim Weiss Shakespeare for Children. He's listened to it numberous times. Is there anything else like it out there? More Shakespeare? Geared to kids? In audio form? He recently got his father's old Zune. It's got respectable playlist (combo of both mom and dad and less annoying kid things). But he's also got a number of books on there. While he'll listen to books on tape, he's really been listening to them a lot more with the zune. If he wants to hear Shakespeare, I certainly want to find him more! Any suggestions?
  4. My dh studied Hamlet in high school, while I studied Macbeth. I understand (from books and my dh) that Hamlet is more famous and has more famous quotes. He thinks my teacher was just tired of Hamlet. Would there be any good reason to choose to do Macbeth over Hamlet? My literature study ended in high school, but I would like to be able to explain to ds the comparison and condoning of one over the other apart from "Hamlet is basically about revenge and Macbeth about ambition". Any Shakespeare lovers have time to explain? Thanks, Joan
  5. My dd and I are reading Nesbit's and Lamb's versions of Shakespeare's plays for our literature this year. I thought we should also read a few of the sonnets, so that she gets a feel for his language, but without taking on an entire play (we'll do that with Midsummer Night's Dream next year, though). The problem is, I don't know where to start or how to go about it. Which sonnets are the ones to read? Or which ones are best for a child? *I* may need some help with interpretation/commentary as background before reading them to her, to make sure I understand what I'm reading! Does anyone know of any websites that could help?
  6. I'm thinking about focusing on Shakespeare for our literature studies next year for dd (who will be in fourth grade), and I'm looking for some place to begin. Any favorite books, activities, ideas? Thanks.
  7. My 10th grade daughter will be doing a half year public speaking class this year, which I've decided to count as half an English credit. For the other half credit, I'd like to do a study of Shakespeare. I'm thinking one or two plays each of comedies and tragedies, plus a few sonnets. Does anyone have any suggestions of which ones I should choose and why, or any other thoughts on how to do a half credit of Shakespeare? Thanks so much!
  8. We are studying four plays in our middle school hs co-op: Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Merchant of Venice and the Twelfth Night. For each play we plan to read a retelling of the play by Charles Lamb and then the following week watch an animated version of the same play. We were thinking it would be fun in the third week to have the students act out a shortened version of the play. Does anyone know where I can download or purchase a middle school level script of any of these plays?? It would have to be a shortened version since our class is only 55 minutes. Thanks!!
  9. DD is going to work through a study of Shakespeare at home this fall (in lieu of CC English coursework). She is already a Shakespeare fan, and has memorized many passages from comedies and tragedies. She's familiar with most of the plots, and has even spent some time on poetry. So, I guess I'm looking for a "college level" Shakespeare syllabus, to really push her to study deeper and broader. I have Harold Bloom's book. Are there others we need to invest in? Any English majors wanna help me out here? GRIN.
  10. This summer, we'll be introducing our kids to Shakespeare, with the play "As You Like It". Is there a small "curriculum" (for lack of a better word) that will help me prepare the kids?
  11. I have 3rd and 6th graders, what is the best Shakespere for these age groups?
  12. I was planning on buying Lamb's because it's the only version of Shakespeare made for kids that I knew of. But when I went to look for it in my Rainbow Resource catalog, I saw there were tons! I'm looking for something appropriate for roughly 4th - 6th grade, that is simplified and interesting, but, you know, not too simplified (not dumbed down!). There's Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield which sounds like it matches this description. Is anyone familiar with this? How does it compare to Lamb's? Or is there something else entirely that you would recommend? Thanks!
  13. Ds needs to read Macbeth and Richard III this coming year. Can anyone recommend a good film version to watch ahead of time? Thanks.
  14. How does one go about introducing Shakespeare? Do you just whack them with the written play or DVD of the play and discuss it? What resources have you used that have been of help? And what plays are the best to begin with? Thankyou,
  15. Anyone have suggestions? I've been browsing at Amazon looking for audio CDs of Shakespeare aimed at grammar/logic stage kids. Anyone have a favorite they could recommend? TIA
  16. I wanted to check some Shakespeare movies out from the library and wanted to know if anyone has experience with which movies are OK for a 10yr boy. I am not really as worried about the violence as I am sexual scenes . If you can remember who is in it or who produced it that would be helpful. Thanks Trisha
  17. We are about to study the Elizabethan era (end of SOTW 2) and I would like to read a couple of retellings of Shakespeare with my kids (7yo dd and 9 yo ds). I have both the Children's Shakespeare by E. Nesbit and Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb. I was thinking of starting out with one comedy and one tragedy, and adding more depending on interest level. Over the summer we will have plenty of time to read more. I was thinking of A Midsummer Night's Dream for a comedy, but am not sure of which tragedy to choose. My 7yo daughter is quite sensitive about death right now and I don't want to do Hamlet because of the ghost in it, or Romeo and Juliet, because they both die. I really can't think of one that she won't over-react to. We may not be able to read a tragedy. Any suggestions? Other comedies that were enjoyed by your children? Any suggestions for well-done plays that my kids might watch--comedies that are not too baudy for their ages. Thanks in advance, Jennifer
  18. I am reading a few different threads on this board and it seems like there is a movement to have kids reading Shakespeare before high school. Now, I was a good student and Shakespeare was challenging. There were lots of kids in h.s. that never understood a thing the man wrote! So, I have to know...are you all talking about real Shakespeare, or children's versions of his plays? I was skimming through a Shakespeare for children Usborne book, and even that looked to advanced for my 6th grader. Am I missing something?? thanks for helping me know where to set the bar...
  19. How much is enough? Over the past few years, my girls and I have *done* (read, discussed, watched several movies and 2-3 live productions, sometimes a paper) only nine of his plays along with 5-6 sonnets. They are familiar with the plots of several more, as we read many story versions when they were younger. It is a little late for my oldest who is graduating in June, but I am wondering if I should add a few more in the next two years for my 15yo, even though we are moving into modern and United States History. In case it matters, I have tried to balance the comedies/tragedies/histories A Midsummer Night's Dream Much Ado About Nothing The Tempest Macbeth Romeo and Juliet Hamlet Henry V Richard III Julius Caesar Twelfth Night will be playing here this summer so I can easily tack that one on but.... I can stop, right??
  20. I'd like to have a Shakespeare movie weekend with my 10 yo. What suggestions and red flags do you have? Thanks!
  21. My daughter just announced to me that she wants to study Shakespeares plays individually and would like some sort of curriculum to go along with it. Something that helps her understand the plays and then some review questions. Of course, we will study and discuss the plays together, watch an appropriate movie or listen to an audio performance, however, I was wondering if anyone has any ideas of a Shakespeare type "curriculum" that has already done all the work for me (I'm lazy...and busy) We would prefer something in book form, not something online. TIA,
  22. We're finally watching Henry the V. With the older (there is probably a name for the English spoken at that time - Elizabethan?) English, we were fairly lost, barely understanding the conversation. But then we got out the text and read along while watching (not difficult because of action, speeches, etc). It made such a difference that I thought it useful to share the idea and find out what other things people have done to enrich their Shakespeare experiences...we are such novices... So any words for the inexperienced you Shakespeare lovers? SWB proposes the Branagh production of Henry V which is good. For Shakespeares other plays, does anyone have favorite productions? Best, Joan
  23. Our library has TC's Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. I'd like to use lectures #34-36 as they cover Macbeth, and we're getting ready to study Macbeth. Has anybody used these? Did you watch them before or after reading Macbeth? Any suggestions? Thanks, Cathie
  24. What books would you recommend to use as an intro to Shakespeare for young kids? My dd (7) was listening to Story of the World Vol. 2 and heard about Shakespeare. I don't have the curriculum so I don't know if there are books that are recommended. I read Shakespeare in hs but didn't understand a word of it. Would you use the new English version or the original? I don't want to lose anything but I want the kids to understand it. It wouldn't hurt for mom to understand it also :tongue_smilie: Has anyone read this book "Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare". Kelly
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