How to Teach your Children Shakespeare

How to Teach your Children Shakespeare

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Random House, Inc.
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. InHow 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 likeA 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 inHow to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.

Baker & Taylor
Outlines an engaging way to instill an understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's classic works in children, outlining a family-friendly method that incorporates the history of Shakespearean theater and society.

Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307951496
Characteristics: xv, 348 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Bunny_Watson716 Apr 01, 2016

What a lovely book! If you don't have children to teach Shakespeare to, never fear! You can use the same methods to memorize treasured parts of his plays too. Wonderful introduction to Shakespeare.

crankylibrarian Jan 27, 2014

What a charming book. Playwright Ken Ludwig recounts his humorous, inspiring and touching experiences in sharing his love for Shakespeare with his son and daughter. Each chapter breaks down key speeches, with paraphrases, and a breakdown of the rhythm and metre. In between, Ludwig provides insightful commentary on the scene, and the character speaking, interwoven with anecdotes about his own, or his children's first encounters with the play. By focusing on 9 plays, including romances, histories, and comedies; Ludwig is able to cram in a tremendous amount of information in a lively and accessible format.

Ludwig's method stresses memorization, a technique that has fallen out of favor, and may strike some parents as needlessly didactic. He provides helpful "quotation pages" to make this easier, and stresses that memorization not only can help children understand the lines, but that it can also be fun; and that the words will then remain with them their whole lives. The most moving experience in the book is Ludwig's daughter, on the eve of her departure for college, reciting to her father, from memory Polonius' parting advice to Laertes. Chills.

A great book for anyone looking for an engaging guide to Shakespeare. includes a bibliography of many other wonderful Shakespeare resources on film, paper and audio.


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