Shakespeare's words belong to all of us. This book offers 87 lessons full of practical advice on how to teach Shakespeare to young children, with the knowledge that the best way to learn about the playwright is to write in the grip of his words.In this exciting and accessible book, Fred Sedgwick, who has been teaching Shakespeare to KS2 children for many years, offers techniques for introducing some of the plays, starting with A Midsummer Night's Dream, to children between the ages of nine and twelve. These ideas will help them to write, act and draw in the grip of the greatest of writers. Above all, they will help children enjoy Shakespeare's words, and extend the power of their own words.Any teacher concerned with literacy, however nervous she or he may be about approaching Shakespeare, will find this book practical and inspiring.
Fred Sedgwick is a poet, former headteacher and author of many books in the areas of literature, expressive arts, education and creativity. He has over 20 years' experience teaching Shakespeare to primary school children.
Acknowledgements IntroductionChapter 1: Two simple ways into Shakespeare's language: Similes and oxymorons PART ONE A local habitation: A Midsummer Night's Dream Chapter 2: "Merry wanderer" - Mostly Puck Chapter 3: "I am such a tender ass" - Bottom and Company Chapter 4: "Our lovely lady" - Titania Chapter 5: "Two lovely berries moulded on one stem" - True love? PART TWO You taught me language: The Tempest Chapter 6: Boatswain! Chapter 7: "Be not afear'd!" - Caliban Chapter 8: "Merrily, merrily shall I live now" - Ariel Chapter 9: "Beating the surges" - Three minor characters PART THREE Star-crossed lovers- Romeo and Juliet Chapter 10: Star-crossed lovers, brawling love, fiery Tybalt ... and a grave man Chapter 11: The Prologue, invitations to a party, and an angry prince Chapter 12: "This is that very Mab" - Mercutio Chapter 13: "O love is handsome" - The lovers Chapter 14: "Strange eventful history" - Other passages from Shakespeare's work Notes References