Teaching Shakespeare

Practical Analysis
in the Classroom

Chandos Portrait

Welcome to the website.

As hard-pressed teachers of English, how do you feel when you know you have to tackle a Shakespeare play, either to satisfy the demands of the syllabus or because you know you really ought to start laying the foundations to help students enjoy his plays?

NO TIME to get to grips with the play yourself?
NO TIME to produce lesson plans which incorporate a clear analysis plus all the ideas for activities appreciated in those lively Shakespeare workshops you attended?
NO TIME to produce work for all levels of ability?

The ultimate aim is to develop practical guides for a number of plays which provide solutions to all three problems. However, at the moment circumstances have changed and unfortunately work has come to a halt. This means that at present all we have available is a completed "Romeo and Juliet"; this includes basic information about Shakespeare and his stage plus approaches for introducing Years 7 and 8 (6th. and 7th. Grade) to the opening scenes of "Hamlet", "King Lear", "The Tempest", "Macbeth", "Richard III" and "Julius Caesar".

Do, please, read on because on the following pages you will find a useful (and brief!) explanation of the methodology and examples of teaching units which should help you decide whether the approach can be of help to you.

Finally, by way of encouragement, there has been some very positive feedback from teachers who have used the "Romeo and Juliet" materials and from others who have tried out various "Macbeth" teaching units.

Cherry Bryant
June 2007