In a previous article I made the case for teaching Shakespeare to your students. If you haven’t read that article you can find it here.
Or if you are interested in background information that is helpful when teaching Shakespeare you can check here.
As promised, here are some resources I recommend
This is a wonderful resource. Brightest Heaven of Invention by Peter J. Leithart will give you all you need to teach 6 of Shakespeare’s plays. This is a Christian guide and one I refer to constantly.
I go back to this book each time I teach Shakespeare and each time gain something new. Teaching Shakespeare by Rex Gibson is a great resource to keep on hand.
Any of the Shakespeare Set Free series by Folger’s Shakespeare will walk you through teaching three Shakespeare plays. The plays are chosen because of similar themes, and provide a natural contrast to one another. Highly recommend these.
Again, I’m a big fan of Shakespeare’s language, but if this is your first venture into Shakespeare, or if you have younger students, the No Fear series can be a great tool. These books have the original Shakespeare on one page, and on the opposite page is a modern English translation. Once students can follow the plot and understand what the characters are saying, they can read the original language, understand the new vocabulary, and appreciate the plays complexities with more confidence.
It’s never to early to introduce your children to the works of Shakespeare. Babylit board books are AMAZING. I’m a huge fan. They are board books based on great works of literature. There is a Romeo and Juliet one that is a primer on numbers. This one, inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a fairies primer. The illustrations and quotes are fantastic. If you need a creative baby gift check out all of the Babylit books.
This series is written by a school teacher, and is for ages 7 and up. The books are written in rhyming couplets and introduce children to the plays in an accessible way. These books are also suitable for putting on a ‘theater’ production with small groups of children.
These tales are another perfect introduction to Shakespeare. Long considered classics in their own right, Charles and Mary Lamb vividly bring to life many of Shakespeare’s plays. These paraphrases retain the beautiful language and the drama of the plays. These can be read aloud to younger children, but I find kids need to be in mid to upper elementary school to truly enjoy these re-tellings.
Here are a few more articles about teaching Shakespeare.