How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

by Ken Ludwig Author

(From Amazon): A foolproof, enormously fun method of teaching your children the classic works of William Shakespeare William Shakespeare’s plays are among the great bedrocks of Western civilization and contain the finest writing of the past 450 years. Many of the best novels, plays, poetry, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare’s death in 1616—from Jane Austen to The Godfather—are heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s stories, characters, language, and themes.  In a sense, his works are a kind of Bible for the modern world, bringing us together intellectually and spiritually.  Hamlet, Juliet, Macbeth, Ophelia, and a vast array of other singular Shakespearean characters have become the archetypes of our consciousness. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life.  In How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig provides the tools you need to instill an understanding, and a love, of Shakespeare’s works in your children, and to have fun together along the way.         Ken Ludwig devised his methods while teaching his own children, and his approach is friendly and easy to master. Beginning with  memorizing short specific passages from Shakespeare's plays, this method then instills children with cultural references they will utilize for years to come. Ludwig’s approach includes understanding of the time period and implications of Shakespeare’s diction as well as the invaluable lessons behind his words and stories.  Colorfully incorporating the history of Shakespearean theater and society, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare guides readers on an informed and adventurous journey through the world in which the Bard wrote. This book’s simple process allows anyone to impart to children the wisdom of plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. And there’s fun to be had along the way. Shakespeare novices and experts, and readers of all ages, will each find something delightfully irresistible in How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.


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  • 1 A Midsummer Night's Dream: Oberon's Revenge
  • 2 A Midsummer Night's Dream: Puck's Announcement
  • 3 A Midsummer Night's Dream: Bottom's Dream
  • 4 A Midsummer Night's Dream: Theseus and Hippolyta
  • 5 Twelfth Night: Cesario's Willow Cabin
  • 6 Twelfth Night: Orsino's Heart
  • 7 Twelfth Night: The Nature of Shakespearean Comedy
  • 8 Twelfth Night: Cakes and Ale
  • 9 Twelfth Night: Carpe Diem
  • 10 Twelfth Night: Sisters and Brothers
  • 11 Twelfth Night: Do Not Embrace Me
  • 12 Romeo and Juliet: Juliet in Love
  • 13 Macbeth: Macbeth's Conscience
  • 14 Macbeth: Lady Macbeth and the Imagery of Evil
  • 15 Henry IV, Part 1: The World of Falstaff
  • 16 Henry IV, Part 1: Falstaff's Voice
  • 17 As You Like It: Rosalind
  • 18 As You Like It: This Wide and Universal Theatre
  • 18 As You Like It: Continued: The World as a Stage
  • 19 Henry V: O, for a Muse of Fire!
  • 20 Hamlet: What a Piece of Work Is a Man
  • 21 Hamlet: Who's There?
  • 22 Hamlet: The Advice of Polonius
  • 23 Hamlet: O, What a Rogue and Peasant Slave Am I!
  • 24 Hamlet: The Most Famous Words in the World
  • 25 The Tempest: A Summation

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