Playing William Shakespeare: An Elementary Approach

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Literature, Shakespeare, writing, analysis, elementary school, curriculum


Comparative Literature | Education | Elementary Education | English Language and Literature | Playwriting


This project is purposely designed for use at the sixth-grade level. Intended for average children from all backgrounds, the course of study can be used with any sixth-grade class for an entire semester. Of course, to meet the intellectual demands of all pupils, alterations in the curriculum will be essential. Included in this work are the following: The rationale for the content and processes of the unit; the rationale for the rewritten plays; a generalized description of typical nine-year-old to eleven-year-old students; the educational objectives from the cognitive, thinking, affective, and psycho-motor domains; the disciplines used; the evaluation procedures for the specific objectives; a suggested sequence of learning experiences for the students; the resources needed by the pupils and teacher; summaries of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth; vocabulary lists for the two plays; and the simplified versions of the two plays.

The project is planned around three major purposes. The first is to acquaint students favorably with William Shakespeare and his plays so they will enthusiastically pursue further studies of his works. The second is to provide specific teaching suggestions with appropriate techniques and procedures designed to give children a wide range of stimulating, meaningful experiences in all areas of the curriculum to aid in the development of literary appreciation. The third is to enhance the growth of the whole child, culturally as well as intellectually, through the combined use of this project and teacher effort.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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