He spoke English, you know. Well, it doesn’t always seem that way and Shakespeare can seem very out of reach. This five-week enrichment study (unit study) will change all that. Not a study of specific plays but an examination of the Renaissance environment, the playwright himself, his language, and his craft. The user-friendly materials are well-organized and attractive. The study itself is lively with a variety of activities, games and interesting information.
With one chapter per week, lesson plans and schedule spread the study over two days per week. Each chapter includes textual information (engagingly written), preparation steps for the instructor (“Be Prepared”), Games and Activities, and a set of discussion questions and essay topics. The full-color course book, written directly to the student includes an excellent Renaissance timeline along with helpful illustrations, and teacher notes. In a resource section and throughout the text are numerous web search suggestions, books/plays, and movie/video lists. The publisher’s website includes links. Lapbook suggestions as well as reproducible templates are also included.
Perfect for co-ops, classes, and multi-age families, there are course books in two age categories (Grades K-5 and Grades 7-12). The “for Kids” book is written to the teacher but follows the same five-week organization, making suggestions for younger participants. This book includes five reproducible coloring pages and lapbook templates. The Coloring Pages are detailed Shakespeare-themed sketches printed on quality paper and suitable for colored pencils or fine point marker use. ~ Janice