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.

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required texts:

  • Henry V
    • The Oxford Shakespeare Henry V, ISBN 9780199536511
  • King Lear
    • The Oxford Shakespeare King Lear, ISBN 9780199535828
  • Much Ado About Nothing
    • The Oxford Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing, ISBN 9780199536115
  • Julius Caesar
    • The Oxford Shakespeare Julius Caesar, ISBN 9780199536122
  • Macbeth
    • The Oxford Shakespeare Macbeth, ISBN 9780199535835

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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