Simply Shakespeare

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This collection of scripts includes readers theatre scripts based on Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, and romances. Each script includes a summary, presentation suggestions, and a character list.

You don't have to look any further to find the best of the Bard! From misalliances and misadventures to romance and comedy, students can explore the wonderful world of Shakespeare through Readers Theatre. This unique collection of 13 scripts from Weekly Reader's Read magazine features...

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Overview

This collection of scripts includes readers theatre scripts based on Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, and romances. Each script includes a summary, presentation suggestions, and a character list.

You don't have to look any further to find the best of the Bard! From misalliances and misadventures to romance and comedy, students can explore the wonderful world of Shakespeare through Readers Theatre. This unique collection of 13 scripts from Weekly Reader's Read magazine features age-appropriate play adaptations from some of Shakespeare's greatest and best-known works. Magnificently preserving the flavor of Shakespeare's writings, the language has been modernized so that young readers can easily grasp and appreciate the characters and the plot. Each script is accompanied by a summary, presentation suggestions, and a character list.

The scripts can be used independently (for stand-alone performances) or as precursors to classroom units on Shakespeare (e.g., in conjunction with reading or viewing one of Shakespeare's plays in its original version).

Plays include:

• As You Like It

• Hamlet

• Julius Caesar

• King Lear

• Macbeth

• A Midsummer Night's Dream

• The Merchant of Venice

• Much Ado About Nothing

• Othello• Romeo and Juliet

• The Taming of the Shrew

• The Tempest

• Twelfth Night

Grades 6-12

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Too often students have a negative first encounter with Shakespeare because their reading is focused on getting through the text rather than enjoying the story. This book helps students and teachers overcome this hurdle. Adaptations, such as the thirteen found here, modernize Shakespeare's language and encourage active participation, allowing students to grasp complicated story lines more clearly, understand relationships between characters, and pay better attention to overall topics and themes. Prefacing the more difficult reading with an adapted reading could make a difference for some students between appreciation or rejection of the great Bard. These adaptations are strong enough to stand on their own for younger or older student groups. Many stories could be used as early as the sixth grade, and all of them are appropriate for high school groups. The fact that the text is formatted for reader's theatre makes for scripts that can be easily acted out. Suggestions for props, delivery, and actual presentation make the text a complete package for teachers struggling with time constraints. Additional aids are the summaries that preface every play and the list of cast characters that point early to the relationships they have to each other. Overall, this excellent resource book is for any literature teacher from middle to high school. Whether paired with the original text, used as a means of preparing students for later, more difficult encounters with Shakespeare, or standing in for the original text with more reluctant or challenged readers, these adaptations assure that no student is left behind in understanding the contributions and importance of Shakespeare. 2003, Teacher Ideas Press,233p.; Index. Biblio., $30 pb. Ages 17 to Adult.
—Elaine J. O'Quinn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563089466
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Readers Theatre Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 561,418
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

JENNIFER L. KROLL is Senior Editor at Weekly Reader.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
As You Like It 1
Hamlet: Prince of Denmark 17
Julius Caesar 33
King Lear 51
Macbeth 69
A Midsummer Night's Dream 91
The Merchant of Venice 107
Much Ado About Nothing 121
Othello 139
Romeo and Juliet 161
Taming of the Shrew 179
The Tempest 199
Twelfth Night 213
Index of Scripts 233
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