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on October 28, 2013
So, jaileigh, ugggg, and Kate are dragging this down. High schoolers?
I am an English teacher. I came across this video while taking a Shakespeare class in my Masters program; my strategy was to read along with the BBC audio play and annotate as I went. Then I would watch the BBC video version of the plays. Then I would write whatever I was supposed to write about, usually a 10-15 page paper. I would review the play and search for things using a combo of the book and the video. This was a class that was all about scholarly exploration of the plays on a fairly deep level. My plan worked for me. A key part of what worked was having this video; the true to the text interpretation, no frills costuming and props, and scant creativity with regards to cinematography make it ideal for viewing as a work of Shakespeare. The fluff and glitz of other versions take away from the words and the meanings. If you are looking for a Hollywood version of the play, this is not it. If you are looking for a true and honest rendering of the content of the play, this is for you.
For use in the class: To start we read I.i-ii. using the audio only from this and then the kids translate these two scenes. Then we watch the first two scenes using this version and discuss the quality of video with relation to the play itself. We then complete Act I and complete several other activities, including a quote activity called 'Who said that and where, and what do they mean?' Then we watch the whole of Act I using this video. After that, with regards to viewing, we mix it up by watching several other adaptations as we continue through the play. And that is that...