Forests, Fools, Princes, and Ghouls: Intro to Shakespeare’s Plays (Spring)

From: $85.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 8th–12th

Live class:  Mondays, 4:30-5:30 EST

Course dates: April 20th – June 5th

Price: $225

Instructor: Dr. Lauren P. Bailes

Instructor email: lpbailes@gmail.com

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Course Description

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Iambic pentameter. Dramatis personae. Soliloquy. Would it make you feel better to know that these are, more simply, a pattern of sounds, a list of characters, and a long speech? That’s exactly the kind of work we’ll do in this seven-week course. You’ll read – and understand! – two of Shakespeare’s most famous plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. You’ll definitely get the plot (all the plots, really) and you’ll also use literary tools to understand how the humor, horror, and humanity in each of the plays.

Throughout the course, students will complete several short close readings as well as a movie poster or trailer, dramaturgical analysis of a scene, and an analytic essay, and a soliloquy performance. This class will require several hours of reading and writing each week. Additionally, students who have had some previous experience with literary and analytic writing are most likely to be successful in this class. As Shakespeare is one of the most cited and referenced authors in the English language, this course will provide a sound base for all further literary study, including both the AP Language and Literature exams.

Course Structure

Over the seven weeks of this course, we’ll read and work with two plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. Our live classes will be Monday afternoons and all assignments will also be due on Mondays. I will be available to answer questions or provide additional information throughout the week via email or Zoom. Assignments will increase in scope over the course, starting with short close reading assignments, and concluding with two creative projects and an analytic paper.Who should enroll?

This class is aimed at 8th-12th graders. This class will require several hours of reading and writing each week. Additionally, students who have had previous experience with literary and analytic writing are most likely to be successful in this class.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Your students will receive ample written feedback within a week of submission. Because the emphasis in this class is on accessing and understanding the plays, grading will also prioritize understanding. All communication will take place through the Canvas messaging system.

Communication

All communication with parents will take place through the Canvas messaging system. Please feel free to contact the instructor with questions before the course at lpbailes@gmail.com. Once parents have registered, they can look for a welcome email with introductory information like texts, dates, and information for how to access the live sessions.

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Required Texts

While all of Shakespeare’s plays are available in full online (for example, MIT’s Complete Works of Shakespeare), it is my strong recommendation that families purchase each of the required plays from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection. These versions have the best and most readable translations as well as ample notes to aid understanding and comprehension. They are linked below:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Hamlet

Students are also required to watch several versions of some of these works. You will be responsible for attending performances or renting and viewing films. These works are often available through streaming services, for digital rent, or through your local public library.

 

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  1. Student

    This was an amazing course, I loved the one on one [conversations] we had.

  2. Parent

    Antonio loved this class.I have a hard time getting Tony to read quality literature-he enjoyed this, so mission accomplished!Good selection of readings.

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