The influence of William Shakespeare’s prolific works permeates literature, film, and the arts. The Bard penned over 100 sonnets and dozens of plays, coined phrases, and utilized poetic devices that are still studied and admired today. Students will read and study 4 plays and 6 sonnets for this course. Each week, we will read at least one act of a play (or 2 sonnets) and will engage in lively discussion about the plots, themes, and archetypes found in Shakespeare’s works. Each meeting will require preparation and participation by the students. Homework will include reading and writing assignments. Presentations and performances will round out our mid-term and final projects.
- Fulfill English requirement credit for high school
- Deep rather than broad knowledge of 3+ plays (1 comedy, 1 tragedy, and 1 history) and 6+ sonnets
- Demystify Shakespeare and make his work approachable
- Uncover themes and archetypes. Compare to other modern works.
- Establish an appreciation for The Bard to encourage lifelong enjoyment
Student Materials Needed
- All plays and sonnets will be the No Fear Shakespeare series.
- Much Ado about Nothing: $5
- Henry V: $6
- Hamlet: $10
- Sonnets: $7
- Brightest Heaven of Invention by Peter Leithart: $19
- Optional text to be used at the end of the spring semester: The Complete Works of
- William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] : Actor’s Edition : $10
- All texts can be found at Amazon. I’ve even seen them at McKay’s and Goodwill.
- Other Supplies
- 3 ring binder
- 5 dividers
- notebook paper
- Post-It Note tabs