This three-session workshop is designed to accompany the curriculum and enhance the assigned reading of a Shakespeare play.
The first session should be held at the beginning of the unit, before the students are assigned independent reading.
To prepare students for the unique challenges of reading Shakespeare, and to provide them with the necessary tools to approach the text effectively and with enthusiasm.
An interactive recounting of the basic synopsis of the play
Introduction to iambic pentameter, Shakespeare’s “Language of the Heart.”
Games and exercises that explore themes and elements that the students will be encountering in their reading
Students will be given a series of challenges that they will be asked to meet for the next session. These challenges are active, and require students to read critically and deeply (you can’t meet them by reading the Cliff’s Notes).
The second session should be held after the students have read at least half of the play.
To ensure that students are reading actively and to build their understanding of what they are reading.
Students will participate in a series of exercises designed to enhance their understanding of their reading
Students will be assigned short scenes to prepare for presentation at the final session
The third session should be held at the end of the unit.
To celebrate the successful completion of the play
Presentation of the scenes assigned at the previous session