How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare 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 PastYears Many Of The Best Novels, Plays, Poetry, And Films In The English Language Produced Since Shakespeare S Death InFrom 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 In How 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 Like A 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 In How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare

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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare
  • Ken Ludwig
  • English
  • 16 January 2019
  • 9780307951496

10 thoughts on “How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

  1. says:

    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review If we can t all be Shakespeares, it doesn t make us less in the world the understanding makes us I want your children to be inspired by Shakespeare for the many years to come when they believe that they can do anything as long as they work hard enough at it.The above quotes are both from the epilogue, and they both fitting conclusions to an extraordinary book Ludwig s love of Shakespeare is evident and he makes us want to learn and to develop a deeper understanding of Shakespeare s works I feel myself knowledgeable in terms of Shakespeareana after having read it Personally, I adore Shakespeare.You can read the rest of this review elsewhere.

  2. says:

    I have a great love and appreciation for the works of William Shakespeare, especially his comedies I was fortunate to have been introduced to Shakespeare s works by my mom while I was in middle school and I definitely reaped the benefits in high school and college So it was a pleasant surprise when I came across this work by playwright Ken Ludwig I ll admit I was a bit skeptical that I would be able to teach my 6 and 7 year old how to memorize and recite passages from some of The Bard s greatest works My skepticism was short lived and by the time I reached the third chapter I was excited to try out the techniques Ludwig outlines in this work I managed to hold off on experimenting on my children until after I finished reading the manual The layout of the book was very helpful and often times it felt like I was participating in a really good classroom lecture Ludwig begins his instruction by informing the reader about the benefits of introducing young children to Shakespeare and how it has also brought his family closer together After this introduction Ludwig gives an outline of the rest of the book The rest of the book consists of instructions on how to teach the 25 chosen passages the quotation printouts available on the website were very helpful But it s not all about tricks on to how to recite and memorize the prose, the author also gives a brief age appropriate and simple explanation or modern translation of the passage He also goes into the main plot points behind each play introduced without getting too academic.In compliance with FTC guidelines,I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads All views and opinions expressed are my own and I received no compensation for this or any other review posted by myself on

  3. says:

    I won this book from First Reads.I found this book to be enjoyable, and wish I d had it when I was in high school English class Plots from some of the plays were explained in a way that was really easy to understand There are a couple of pieces of Shakespeare I had wanted to try and learn for the fun of it, and this book had some nice tips for learning them This is one I plan on keeping around for sure if I ever have kids of my own someday.

  4. says:

    Library.I know nothing about Shakespeare or his works Seriously, I am just starting to learn about Shakespeare.Oh, I know what is common knowledge I recognize some lines from Shakespeare and probably which play they re from I think I read Romeo and Juliet in High School Freshman English Maybe and maybe Macbeth at some point It s possible highly likely even I only read the parts that we read in class This book was a big help Ludwig walks the reader through many plays, introducing the play its plot, characters, and philosophy by way of certain lines to memorize Some are well known than others His own love for Shakespeare flows from each page His excitement over the words and ideas, particularly the idea of the world and the stage coinciding, is palpable Ludwig doesn t even touch the controversy of Who was Shakespeare but takes him at face value I can t say that I think the title is particularly true to the book Teaching Shakespeare to your children seems to be about memorizing using a few tools than anything else He does recommend acting out the scenes He recommends using art in a way I hadn t thought about But, mostly, it is learning sections lines, soliloquies, epigrams by heart He talks about different figures of speech and poetics, how Shakespeare wrote to tell you how to act, and some allusions he made For many of the passages, he provides a modern language paraphrase But, in general, he wants you and your children to memorize Shakespeare Yes, I said that three times I m happy to see memorization coming back into vogue.The Appendices are full of excellent information a bibliography, other famous passages and or lines, and a list of resources from books to video to audio The book might be worth owning simply for the Appendices.One, minor, issue And I already told you I don t know anything about Shakespeare, remember But Ludwig, as a playwright, seems to bring forward that idea of theater representing real life a lot In almost every chapter, almost every passage, toward the end of the book that idea is considered from a different aspect I thought that, perhaps, there would be some other aspects of Shakepeare s ideas discussed and the lack of mention of the influence of scripture or God or a playwright one explanation of an allusion to Proverbs and one brief, almost ashamed, mention of the possibility of a supernatural playwright was all I noted in this vein A great introduction, though An easy read with short chapters and helpful information, I definitely recommend it to those who wish to learn about Shakespeare or teach him to their children.

  5. says:

    Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall Confession I am a very reluctant Shakespeare reader I don t remember being exposed to his works before high school, and I don t remember my teachers showing much spirit when Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar came along on the syllabus We re a homeschooling family, and I know there will be time I ll have to teach things I m not terribly interested in But I want my daughter to appreciate Shakespeare s works in the same way I want her to appreciate great pieces of art or music because these works are part of our cultural DNA and cannot be missed, as Ken Ludwig says Although I have concerns that it is too late for me, I d love to enjoy Shakespeare, too.Thank you, Ken Ludwig, for writing How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare I didn t even have to warm up to it He writes about Shakespeare in such an engaging way, with vivaciousness, passion, and a wildly contagious enthusiasm Not only do I find myself having a sense of awe and appreciation for what I m reading, I m falling in love with the words, the way they are crafted, their deeper meaning If Ludwig can do this for me as an adult, someone so reluctant and with major Shakespearean hang ups the possibilities for using this in my child s education are huge.Ludwig starts off with a very simple but stunning seven word line from A Midsummer s Night Dream, tackling it very briefly He moves on to discuss Shakespeare s importance and to give a bit of explanation about the layout of the book and key factors in learning to appreciate and enjoy his works Ludwig then gets back to the literature itself, complete with synopses, selected passages, explanations, and suggestions for memorization The book s website offers printable quotation sheets and audio clips of all twenty six passages.Because of its focus on memorization and recitation, classical and Charlotte Mason homeschoolers will find How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare especially useful We re of a relaxed eclectic homeschooling family, but the enthusiasm within this book has earned it a permanent place on our bookshelf I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

  6. says:

    This was both a great introduction to several of Shakespeare s plays, as well as a practical guide to introducing him to your children through the explanation and memorization of 25 passages from 9 different plays as well as suggestions for bonus passages I was thoroughly inspired by Ken Ludwig s obvious love of Shakespeare and convinced that memorizing is the way to go if you want to really develop a love for and understanding of his work This was somewhat of a revelation for me, as I have so far just read a few children s versions of the plays to my kids, and while they have their place, I think now that the real beauty of Shakespeare is in the actual words he used and how he put them together I want my kids and myself to see and understand that, and not just know the plots of the various plays I didn t necessarily agree with all his ideas, and would probably delay introducing some of the plays and or characters until my kids are older, but overall I learned so much from this book and would highly recommend it.

  7. says:

    This is the book I will credit with really getting me into Shakespeare I cannot WAIT to read, listen to and watch everything Shakespeare, then memorize favourite passages on top of it all So begins what will likely be a lifelong obsession

  8. says:

    Shakespeare should not be an occasional visitor He should be a permanent houseguest, living in that spare room down the hall, ready to join you for a meal or an evening whenever you crave his company Everyone with kids should read this book Everyone without kids should read this book.

  9. says:

    Easily the best book we did all together in 2014 2015 school year I wish there were a sequel.

  10. says:

    not just children smile

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