- Series: The Folger Library
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Washington Square Press; First Printing edition (September 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671760467
- ISBN-13: 978-0671760465
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shakespeare Set Free: Teaching Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth & A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Folger Library) Paperback – September 1, 1993
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Note added May 13, 2005: Having used this a second time with my Advanced English 11, I can say that it was MORE successful, they ADORED it, and MSND performance work gave them a very deep understanding of Shakespeare which enabled them to blaze through Macbeth in three weeks - and they loved it, too! This book has opened new doors for me and for my students.
A few final thoughts about the projects mentioned in the last review: Ask any actor -- the best way to understand a script is to find yourself having to perform it. Not memorize and recite it, but actually perform it and make it real. If students are asked to do this and are coached through the process, they will truly understand the power of Shakespeare's words and drama. And kids will dance an Elizabethan dance wearing a homemade mask if the teacher presents the lesson correctly. Oh, and bribing them with food to eat at the "ball" never hurts, either. And in the end, if nothing else, they will talk about what they did in English class with their buddies at lunch. What are the chances of that happening if we stick to paper and pencil activities alone?
All of the activities are sound and provide for fun, hands-on lessons. The best thing is that I have little prep work before teaching the unit--it's all in the book.
My only caution is that some of the line numbers don't align with the textbook I use. It's worth your time to double-check the lines that match this book.
Also, exercises don't come with answer keys. You'll have to develop your own. I've also added rubrics to some of the activities in the text--like the tableaux vivants for 3.1.
If you are willing to take some risks with your class, get them motivated, and learn a few things yourself then this is an excellent way to experiment with Shakespeare.
O'Brien provides a number of prompts and worksheets that I also find very useful. After several years of altering what she has written to fit my teaching fashion I have found a comfortable, natural niche that is both spontaneous and effective.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's Shakespeare; who are we to critique the writing?
Although it's been more than 40 years since I graduated with a degree in English and I've retired from a... Read more
English teachers have to face facts: if we are to teach drama -- and we must -- we must teach it the way it is meant to be experienced: as a theater piece, subject to directorial... Read morePublished on August 3, 2007 by Madelyn Fair
I was excited when I got this book because I am a new teacher and it looked like it had a comprehensive unit plan for Romeo and Juliet. Read morePublished on May 10, 2005 by C. Daly
This book formed the heart of teaching both Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth. Teachers will get an enormous amount from O'Brien's handling of all three plays. Read morePublished on August 18, 2002 by Stephen Armstrong
Let me make this simple: if you want you're students to truly love Shakespeare, there is no better resource than this book. Read morePublished on November 13, 2001
I've used this book with my dual credit English class (high school seniors also getting credit for college Freshman Comp) for three years to rave reviews from students. Read morePublished on October 11, 2001 by Virginia
This would be a great resource for a drama teacher who is tyring to incorporate a bit of language arts into their classes. Read morePublished on September 4, 2001