We have “Shakespeare” class every week and each year we do a different play. In previous years we have done The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This year we are doing Romeo and Juliet.
I always start out the year by reading about Shakespeare and his life.
Last year we did a Shakespeare lapbook. This year we are doing a biography notebooking page. Then I read the play from a couple of kids’ versions and listen to the Jim Weiss version if it is available for the play we are doing. Finally we listen to the Librivox version online. By then the kids understand the story much better so they are able to follow along even with the archaic language.
This year I found a wonderful paper model of the Globe Theatre here. I initially intended for the kids to make one of their own, but when I tried it myself first to make sure I knew how it worked, I decided it would probably be frustrating for them,. Instead, I cut one out and put parts of it together, then had them help me complete it. It turned out to be a lot of fun and the kids remembered more about the Globe Theatre this year than they did when we just read about it last year.