What are three strategies for reading Shakespeare?
Many people have said they find reading Shakespeare a bit daunting, so here are five tips for how to make it simpler and more pleasurable.
- Ignore the footnotes. If your edition has footnotes, pay no attention to them.
- Pay attention to the shape of the lines.
- Read small sections.
- Think like a director.
- Don’t worry.
Where can I read Shakespeare?
Read the full texts of Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets, and poems for free from the Folger Shakespeare Library! You can also learn more about Shakespeare’s language, life, and the world he knew.
How do I start studying Shakespeare?
How to Study Shakespeare
- 1) Read a great plot synopsis.
- 2) Find an annotated copy of the work you would like to read.
- 3) Get comfortable and read once through the play.
- 4) Rent, buy, or borrow from your local library the BBC production of the play.
- 5) It is time to read the play again.
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What Shakespeare should I start with?
If you are about to read Shakespeare for the first time then choosing the right play will help tremendously. Luckily variety is not a problem. I’d recommend starting with one of the most popular ones. Something like ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Othello’ or ‘The Merchant of Venice’.
How do students read Shakespeare?
How to Teach Shakespeare So Your Students Won’t Hate It
- Don’t read every scene of every act of the play.
- Don’t read all of every scene.
- Vary how your students read the text.
- Act it out; it is a play after all!
- Bring the play to life on the big screen.
- Familiarize students with the plot before reading.
What age read Shakespeare?
As a general rule, stick to the comedies for older elementary age and save the histories/tragedies for middle/high school. I began introducing my own kids to Shakespeare around ages eight or nine, depending on their own readiness and emotional maturity.
Why do we study Shakespeare in high school?
It is important to study Shakespeare in order to understand the modern world, indeed to understand people. Although Shakespeare’s language can be a challenge there are more and more tools to help understand what he is saying, and if you can get beyond the difficult wording you will delight in his work.
What’s the easiest Shakespeare to read?
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Probably the most performed, and generally acknowledged as the most accessible Shakespeare play, it’s the perfect example of his comedy, in both senses of the word. “Macbeth” is a tragedy because most people end up dead.