Course Description


Single-semester courseA survey of a representative collection of Shakespeare’s plays, including tragedy, comedy, and history. In this course, students will read through a selection of some of Shakespeare’s most enduring plays. They will read and discuss the plays, answering and asking questions about the characters, plot, setting, style, and language of the works. In addition, selected passages will be available for dramatic readings in class. Students will consider Shakespeare within the context of his own time, examine the influences and sources Shakespeare drew from, and observe the legacy of these plays down to our own time. The course will focus on appreciating and enjoying the humor, depth, and influence of Shakespeare, while encouraging the students to explore the characters, themes, and cultural influence of the plays.

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Course texts:

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  • Henry V
  • King Lear
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Julius Caesar
  • Macbeth

Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 20 students.

Designed for grades 10-12.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded .5 Language Arts credit upon completion of this course.

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