Shakespeare In Pop Culture

Shakespeare In Pop Culture

$200

About this course

Recommended Ages: 13-16 *Disclaimer* – Some of the films are rated PG-13, and therefore that is the recommended age minimum for this class, with the exception of parental consent for younger ages.

Start Date: Class runs for 14 weeks. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete the course. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.

Price: $200

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This will be a fourteen week course in which students will study 4 different plays by William Shakespeare, as well as the modern adaptations of these works presented in films of present day popular culture.

We will focus for two weeks on one of Shakespeare’s (primary source) plays, and the week following that will consist of that specific play’s adaptations in modern films. I will provide all reading and viewing material for the course, as well as extra related content, with the option that students may purchase any books or films for themselves if they so choose.

The goal of the course is to learn the famous works of Shakespeare through the use of present day pop culture. Lessons will focus on themes, characters, and social significance of Shakespeare’s most famous plays in comparison to their modern reimaginings. Assignments will range from writing analytical reports on primary and secondary sources, to students having the option to film their very own adaptations of these works. Each student should leave this course with a well rounded comprehension of the significance of Shakespeare’s works, then and now.

Disclaimer: Some of these films are rated PG-13, and therefore that is the recommended age minimum for this class, with the exception of parental consent for younger ages. 

LESSON PLANS: This is a 14 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.

Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.

DISCUSSION: There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.

QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.

GRADES: All students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.

TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).

Week 1: William Shakespeare – Week 1 will be an introduction to William Shakespeare’s life, works, and especially his influence on theater and literature. We will also learn about the Globe Theatre and a brief history about acting troupes.

Week 2: Romeo & Juliet (Drama) Students will read and study the play Romeo & Juliet, acts 1-3. We will also study the different character archetypes.

Week 3 : Romeo & Juliet (Drama) Students will read and study the play Romeo & Juliet, acts 4 & 5. Then we will break down the dramatic structure of the plot.

Week 4 : Adaptations of Romeo & Juliet: I will provide clips or entire film files, as well as suggest other sources to find these films. This week we will study adaptations in comparison to the play Romeo & Juliet: West Side Story Warm Bodies Romeo + Juliet

Week 5 : Twelfth Night (Comedy) Students will read and study the Play Twelfth Night, acts 1 & 2. We will also study the different character archetypes.

Week 6 : Twelfth Night (Comedy) Students will read and study the Play Twelfth Night, acts 3-5. We will then break down the dramatic structure of the plot.

Week 7 : Adaptations of Twelfth Night: I will provide clips or entire film files, as well as suggest other sources to find these films. This week we will study adaptations in comparison to the play Twelfth Night: She’s the Man Shakespeare in Love

Week 8 : A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Comedy) Students will read and study the Play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, acts 1 & 2. We will also study the different character archetypes.

Week 9 : A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Comedy) Students will read and study the Play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, acts 3 – 5. We will then break down the dramatic structure of the plot.

Week 10 : Adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: I will provide clips or entire film files, as well as suggest other sources to find these films. This week we will study adaptations in comparison to the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) Get Over It 2001

Week 11 : Hamlet (Drama) Students will read and study the Play Hamlet, Acts 1-3. We will also study the different character archetypes.

Week 12 : Hamlet (Drama) Students will read and study the Play Hamlet, Acts 4 & 5. We will then break down the dramatic structure of the plot.

Week 13: Adaptations of Hamlet: I will provide clips or entire film files, as well as suggest other sources to find these films. This week we will study adaptations in comparison to the play Hamlet: The Lion King Scenes from 3 of the film adaptations of Hamlet: the 1990, 1996, and 2000 films.

Week 14 : The last week we will explore various other representations of Shakespeare’s work in pop culture, such as cartoons, comics and graphic novels. We will also learn about phrases and words that Shakespeare invented, and other ways his work has influenced language and culture today.

You are not required to purchase additional materials for this class! Below are free links to the plays- both written and audio. We also have provided links if you would like to purchase the books or movies.

Links to Free Downloads / Purchase Plays:
*Folger Shakespeare Library has the most accurate editions of these plays and is the recommended source for the plays we will read in this class*
You can download free versions of the plays here:
http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/download/
If you would like to purchase physical books here are some links to buy them from Amazon:
Free Audio Book Download:
Movies: Purchasing these films is OPTIONAL. I will provide the sections and clips from the movies that are necessary for the lesson.
The titles with asterisks are the ones that we will be going over the whole film in the lesson. The others we will just be touching on, but not studying the whole film.
WEEK 4
WEEK 7
WEEK 10
WEEK 13
Necessary sections and clips from these movies will be provided in the lessons.