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Teaching Hamlet and Henry IV, Part 1: Shakespeare Set Free (Folger Shakespeare Library) Paperback – August 1, 2006

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"English Journal"

"(on "Shakespeare Set Free: " Teaching "Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth," and "A Midsummer Night's Dream")

If you have funds, time and energy for only one Shakespeare resource this year, this is it.

About the Author

Arguably the greatest English-language playwright, William Shakespeare was a seventeenth-century writer and dramatist, and is known as the Bard of Avon. Under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth I, he penned more than 30 plays, 154 sonnets, and numerous narrative poems and short verses. Equally accomplished in histories, tragedies, comedy, and romance, Shakespeare s most famous works include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, and As You Like It.

Like many of his contemporaries, including Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare began his career on the stage, eventually rising to become part-owner of Lord Chamberlain s Men, a popular dramatic company of his day, and of the storied Globe Theatre in London.

Extremely popular in his lifetime, Shakespeare s works continue to resonate more than three hundred years after his death. His plays are performed more often than any other playwright s, have been translated into every major language in the world, and are studied widely by scholars and students.

Jeanne Addison Roberts, a professor of Literature at American University, is the author of "Shakespeare's English Comedy: "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in Context" (1979), also published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Nancy Goodwin founded, owned, and managed the well-known Montrose Nursery from 1984 until its closing in 1993. She has written for "Fine Gardening", "American Gardener", and other periodicals.

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  • Series: Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743288491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743288491
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this series so much. Have used it in the classroom to great success.

The underlying idea is very simple: take the plays off the page and they make sense to all students -- the high flyers and the ones with reading difficulties. Within these books are activities and projects that are bite-sized. They allow the script to be performed and/or analyzed and/or experienced WITHOUT the students having to undertake a full-blown performance.

AND there is no dumbing down of the text.

AND you can do a little of these books or every page.

BUT your students need to have the skills to work in groups.
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The primer for taking Shakespeare off of the page and getting the students on their feet. The Bard did not intend for us to read the play and answer the questions at the end of each act! "The play is the thing….' if you are tired of struggling to get students to enjoy and benefit from reading and UNDERSTANDING Shakespeare, then the Shakespeare Set Free series is for you! The rich assignments benefit students as readers, writers and consumers of complex texts! Students get to participate in "on your feet" activities that aid in understanding the play (in terms of character, plot, themes, etc) and lead to deep learning and transfer! Activities are organized by a calendar for teaching each play and its accompanying lessons. This series changed how I teach Shakespeare.
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This is an excellent approach for teaching Hamlet in my classroom. It keeps the students up and engaged! Shakespeare is meant to be performed, and this curriculum provides a LOT of opportunities for getting up and moving around and acting the play out, which contributes to understanding in ways that simple summary or explanation ever could.

This is a FANTASTIC resource.
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By Joseph on February 25, 2013
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As always, Folger is the epitome of Shakespearian expertise, and it shines through the offerings in this book. As a teacher the "Set Free" series enables me to enhance my lessons and ensure that they are new, fresh, exciting, intriguing, motivating, and educational. This books gets me there when it can be difficult to do it alone sometimes. :-)
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I bought this for a unit on Hamlet and loved every single activity, their timeline is a bit unrealistic for most schools because we rarely have that much time to devote to one play, but you can pick and choose and help the kids to get a great insight into Hamlet
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