Shakespeare In Pop Culture Series: Introduction

Shakespeare In Pop Culture Series: Introduction


About this course

This class is the introduction to the Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series. This class is a prerequisite for taking other courses in the Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series.

This one-week introductory course runs at the beginning of every semester. After taking this course, students are free to take other courses in the Shakespeare series in any order. Other courses in the series include:

Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series: Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series: Twelfth Night

Shakespeare in Pop Culture Series: Hamlet


Recommended Ages: 10-18.

*Disclaimer* – Some of the play content and provided films in the courses that follow this introductory course are rated PG-13, and therefore that is the recommended age minimum for any courses in the series aside from this introductory course. Exception can be made with parental consent for younger ages.

Levels: This class is only offered in one level.

SUMMER Start Date: Enrollments received on or before Monday will be given class access the following Tuesday. Course consists of 1 lesson plan. No live classes — view lessons on YOUR schedule. SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT!! You have until August 23 to complete the course. Upon enrollment, you will receive class access information on Tuesday. Final reports will be issued on August 24. This gives you complete freedom during the summer to do the work! Instructors will still be grading and giving feedback for students weekly, but there will be no weekly deadlines- only the final course deadline of August 23.

FALL Start Date: September 6. Course consists of 1 lesson plan. Students have a total of 2 weeks to complete the course. No live classes — view lessons on YOUR schedule.

Price: $15

Space Available: 

This is a one week course in which students will be introduced to William Shakespeare, the Globe Theater, and Shakespeare’s sonnets and writing style.

This introductory course is meant to prepare students for the other courses in the series, which each focus on one of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as modern adaptations of the play in popular culture.

The goal of this course series is to learn the famous works of Shakespeare through the use of present day pop culture. Lessons for the other courses in this series will focus on themes, characters, and social significance of Shakespeare’s most famous plays in comparison to their modern re-imaginings.

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.

There are no required materials for this class.

Disclaimer: This short introductory course ONLY focuses on an introduction to Shakespeare’s life and writing. HOWEVER, some of the films presented in the other classes of this course series are rated PG-13, and therefore that is the recommended age minimum for those classes, with the exception of parental consent for younger ages.

LESSON PLANS: This is a 1 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 is a 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: There will be one quiz available 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 quizzes, labs, and online assessments automatically receive a grade in the system. You have the option of having your student’s individual projects graded or not (all assignments receive instructor feedback). Report cards are issued at the end of the course- one for ungraded students and one for graded students. These mean nothing other than for your own records or reporting purposes. We do not maintain copies.

TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan, 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).