Introduction to Shakespeare
(3 twelve-week terms)
Term 1: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Term 2: Hamlet
Term 3: Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare is not a subject that Miss Mason assigned in Form 1, but she did assume, given cultural expectations at the time of her teaching, that children would be familiar with the stories and would be reading the retellings or listening to the plays in their free reading times, thus preparing them for the formal study of Shakespeare later on. Sadly, this is not the cultural norm or expectation in America and so we are introducing Shakespeare to your Form 1 children!
Our Shakespeare Class for Form 1 (grades 1-3) will feature the reading of Lamb’s retelling with optional narration submissions. You may use this class simply to listen and reflect, along with the teacher. For older children, you may choose the option to have them submit a narration to their teacher after each lesson, so you can customize this course to what your family needs.
The class is offered in two tracks:
Track 1: Video content with narration prompts. Families may use the videos as presented and students may submit their narrations to their parents. Sample exam questions provided during week 10 for administration during week 12. Parents are responsible for all narrations and exams.
Track 2: Recommended for Form 2A (3rd grade) students, this course can be adapted for use as a literature study. Track 2 provides families with video content, narration prompts with access to the teacher for oral narration submission, mid-term narrative assessments from the teacher, a provided exam and exam assessment at the conclusion of the term. Track 2 is interactive with the teacher and students have greater accountability for their narrations and timely submission. All narrations required for this course are oral.
Classes last approximately 15 minutes in accordance with Miss Mason’s scheduling recommendations, and to allow time for students to complete their oral narrations.