Syllabus for Shakespeare2012
(This is a projected goal – dates and material are subject to change as time allows)
History of Shakespeare and language
History of the house of Tudor/Elizabeth
Theories of Shakespeare’s authenticity
Novel –Elizabethby Allison Weir
– Historical plays/resources
The Famous History of the life of King Henry the Eighth
Elizabeth(pts. 1 and 2) – library resources
Looking for Richard (video)
February – March
Tragedy – term/definition
The Rape of Lucrece
Venus and Adonis
ThePhoenixand the Turtle
Dramatic convention – delivery of monologue, soliloquy, aside for effect
Anachronisms in history – poetic license
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead/video
The Tragedy of Coriolanus
Troilus and Crisede
Tristan and Isolde
Comedy, pun, farce, satire – define
Symbols used for comedy – comic relief
Taming of the Shrew/video
The Comedy of Errors/video
The Merchant of Venice/video
Course Requirements and Materials:
Shakespeare in the Classroom
Exercerpts and critical analysis
Elizabeth by Alison Weir
Class folder – provided
Various props (TBA)
Common book – composition notebook
Common Book: Class journal that encompasses notes, assignments and reflections on material we cover and terminology associated with Elizabethan theatre.
– notes and terms, reactions/observations, original pieces/writings, review of literary criticisms
– common books will be collected and graded throughout the course.
– should be organized, neat and free from loose papers, ripped pages, etc.
All entries need to be labeled, dated and legible to receive credit.
Group projects and performances: individual and group focus; adaptation, preparation, and presentation of material, performance accuracy based upon requirement – impromptu, reading, close readings, presentations, etc.
***There will be a project following completion of each play.
– Projects will be graded based upon creativity, completion and adherence to criteria – each will be a total of 200 points.
Participation: reading, discussion, following directions and expression
Each student will receive a daily participation grade.
Loss of points can result from lack of participation, disruption of presentations and/or unnecessary criticism of others – (aka heckling).
****Late/missed work will be in adherence to school policy – however if a project is assigned prior to absence it will be expected on the date it is due.