There are many arguments for and against teaching Shakespeare, I chose to share one of each. First up, is an article published in the Washington Post, quoting a high school teacher who does not feel a need to teach it to her students. You can read it here. Next, is an article written by a homeschool mother, who was leery at first, but eventually incorporated teaching the Bard in her home. You can read that article here.
I introduced Shakespeare sort of by accident during our first homeschool year, and it’s become our favorite subject since. I sometimes threaten to cancel Shakespeare for a week when chore and other lessons are incomplete, and the mere though of not being able to read their favorite thing is enough to get everyone back on track.
Classical Charlotte Mason Shakespeare Resources
Many of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets are also available in modern English. I’d recommend sticking with the original language, as long as it makes sense to you and your family, and switch to the modern version when/if necessary. One last thing to remember is that Shakespeare occasionally used lewd language, and included some themes that may be inappropriate for younger children. Please read ahead and be prepared to either discuss or skip such scenes. Here’s some of the best resources we’ve come across.
How to teach Your Children Shakespeare – If you’re not familiar with Shakespeare and haven’t got a clue where to start, this is it.
Charles and mary Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare – A great way to introduce younger students to Shakespeare.
No Fear Shakespeare – 19 plays and 154 sonnets available online. We do the majority of our Shakespeare reading straight from here. Sparknotes offers the original text and modern English side by side.
Teaching Shakespeare – 5 tips to remember if you’re just getting started.
Folger Shakespeare Library – Home of all things Shakespeare. You will find a database of his works, plays, Shakespeare podcasts, merchandise, etc.
Words Shakespeare Coined – An extensive list of words coined by Shakespeare.
Ambleside Online – Suggested reading schedule, it’s the schedule we’ve followed these last 4 years.
Elizabethan Costuming Page – This one is just for fun. We like to see what some of our favorite characters might have looked like.
Have you considered teaching Shakespeare in your homeschool? Why or why not?
Join us tomorrow as we wrap up the Classical Charlotte Mason Homeschooling & Resources series. Be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a couple of our favorite resources.