How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

by Ken Ludwig Author

(From Amazon): Winner of the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare is a foolproof, enormously fun method of teaching your children the classic works of William Shakespeare by Tony-Award winning playwright, Ken Ludwig. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. His 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, poems, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare’s death in 1616—from Pride and Prejudice to The Godfather—are heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s stories, characters, language, and themes. In How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig provides the tools you need to inspire an understanding, and a love, of Shakespeare’s works in your children, and to have fun together along the way.         Ken Ludwig devised his friendly, easy-to-master methods while teaching his own children. Beginning with memorizing short passages from the plays, his technique 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 throughout. 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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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
Early Years - 12th
Broadway Books


  • 1 START A Midsummer's Night Dream: Passage 1: Learning the First Line - pg 3
  • 2 Passage 1, Continued: Imagery and Rhythm - pg 17
  • 3 The Final Six Lines - pg 23
  • 4 Passage 2: Puck's Announcement and the Story of A Midsummer's Night Dream - pg 30
  • 5 Digging Deeper into A Midsummer's Night Dream - pg 37
  • 6 Passage 3: Bottom's Dream - pg 40
  • 7 Passage 4: Theseus and Hippolyta - pg 44
  • 8 Poetry vs. Prose: How Does Poetry Work - pg 55
  • 39 Read the play with some friends
  • 40 Watch the play
  • 9 START Twelfth Night: Passage 5: Cesario's Willow Cabin
  • 10 The Viola Plot
  • 11 Passage 6: Orsino's Heart
  • 12 Passage 7: The Nature of Shakespearean Comedy
  • 13 Passage 8: Cakes and Ale
  • 14 The Malvolio Plot
  • 15 Passage 9: Carpe Diem
  • 16 Passage 10: Sisters and Brothers
  • 17 Passage 11: Do Not Embrace Me
  • 18 START Romeo and Juliet: Passage 12: Juliet in Love
  • 19 Shakespeare's Life and an Overview of His Work
  • 20 START Macbeth: Passage 13: Macbeth's Conscious
  • 21 Passage 14: Lady Macbeth and the Imagery of Evil
  • 22 START Henry IV, Part 1: Passage 15: The World of Falstaff
  • 23 Passage 16: Falstaff's Voice
  • 24 START As You Like It: Passage 17: Rosalind
  • 25 Passage 18: This Wide and Universal Theater
  • 26 Passage 18, Continued: The World as a Stage
  • 27 START Henry V: Passage 19: O, For a Muse of Fire!
  • 28 Henry the Patriot
  • 29 Hooray for Heminges and Condell
  • 30 START Hamlet: Passage 20: What a Piece of Work is a Man
  • 31 Passage 21: Who's There
  • 32 Passage 22: The Advice of Polonius
  • 33 Hamlet's Soliloquies
  • 34 Passage 23: O, What Rouge and Peasant Slave I Am
  • 35 The End of the Story
  • 36 Passage 24: The Most Famous Words in the World
  • 37 Hamlet and the Theater
  • 38 START The Tempest: Passage 25: A Summation

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