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Shakespeare and Company Education

Teacher Resources

From its founding Shakespeare & Company has sought ways to help teachers and students encountering the plays to experience a more personal and immediate connection to the words. After more than 20 years bringing Shakespeare into classrooms from 4th to 12th grade, our education artists have learned a great deal about how young people learn and what stimulates their creativity.

In all of the Company’s education activities, creating a profound, multi-level learning experience is paramount. The way for students to really grasp Shakespeare is to get up and do it. When students perform Shakespeare, they experience the story, identify with the characters and take ownership of the language. This difficult material, once foreign to them, becomes engaging, personally meaningful and inspiring.

Shakespeare & Company’s teaching artists operate from a model of “directing by asking questions” which gives the student/actors authority and ownership. Embracing the subjective or interpretive nature of performance not only illustrates the plasticity of interpretation, but also fosters greater student engagement and investment.

We hope these resources will help you as you’re teaching Shakespeare to your students. Need more? Get more information about Shakespeare & Company’s education methodologies.

Discovering Macbeth CD/DVD

Our 2-Disc CD-ROM and DVD Multimedia Teaching Resource sharing our innovative and inspiring classroom techniques.

We are pleased to announce we have received a grant to help underwrite the cost of this teaching resource. Originally priced at $99, the complete Discovering Macbeth CD/DVD multimedia package is now available for $39.

Through six-day workshops for teachers, teaching artists, and directors, and month-long institutes, Shakespeare & Company has disseminated techniques for incorporating performance into classroom inquiry to hundreds of classroom teachers. This CD/DVD takes this dissemination to a new level: multimedia technology enables the sharing of innovative and inspiring methods with many more teachers than can be reached through workshops and residencies alone.

Guidebooks

Shakespeare & Company is pleased to offer our Shakespeare guidebooks to download for free. Each guidebook includes notes on the play, each scene, literary sources, historical and mythological references, words coined by Shakespeare and more, plus cut scenes for further exploration of the play in the classroom. These guidebooks were designed to supplement our 90 minute touring productions of these plays.

To download any guidebook, right-click and choose “Save linked file as…” or “Save target as…”. Adobe Reader required.

GUIDEBOOK LINKS

2005 – JULIUS CAESAR

2006 – HAMLET

2007 – MACBETH

2008 – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

2009 – ROMEO AND JULIET

2011 – HAMLET

2012 – MACBETH

2013 – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

2014 – ROMEO AND JULIET

The following lists of books contain resources that Shakespeare & Company’s Education Artists use.