quark Posted August 1, 2012 Share Posted August 1, 2012 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: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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