The course encompasses a study of the Renaissance era in England, the British monarchy and rule of Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare as a playwright and poet, and incorporation of theatre and drama. Students will read aloud, study, and perform scenes from several plays including both comedies and tragedies. Students will also have the opportunity to watch the plays performed and view multiple cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare’s work. Shakespeare’s language, character development, themes, and literary devices will be examined; common themes and techniques will also be compared and contrasted in all the plays studied.
In addition to the close analysis of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, students will write various essays that focus on the following writing styles: argumentative, informative, and narrative. Lastly, students will research the Elizabethan era and complete a final project that focuses on Shakespeare, his work, and the era in which he wrote.
No prerequisites class required unless stated in the course description.