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  • ISBN:9780521756365
  • Format:Paperback
  • Subject(s):Shakespeare
  • Author(s):James Stredder
  • Available from: July 2009

A wealth of expert advice and practical ideas for teaching the plays.

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    • Introduction
    • Using this book
    • The organisation and content of the eight chapters
    • Developing the use of drama to teach Shakespeare
    • The teacher's autonomy
    • Section 1. Active Teaching: 1. Why use active methods to teach the plays? The North Face of Shakespeare
    • The problem of monumentalism
    • The teacher repositioned: 'Shakespeare shared'
    • Starting active work
    • Drama workshops
    • The learner and the text at the centre
    • Active Shakespeare and independent learning
    • Back to the art of teaching - and student achievement
    • 2. Practical work and drama workshops
    • The classroom as stage: activities in conventional teaching sessions
    • Safety: physical and emotional
    • Different needs and abilities
    • Workshop practices
    • Workshop objectives and the use of warm-ups and preparation exercises
    • Workshop planning: an example of a language workshop - 'Macbeth's soliloquies'
    • The origins of the workshop activities in the following chapters
    • Section 2. Activities for Teaching Shakespeare's Plays: 3. Group formation activities
    • Group formation
    • Getting started
    • 4. Drama games: using games in the Shakespeare workshop
    • 5. Drama exercises: using drama exercises in the Shakespeare workshop
    • 6. Shakespeare's language: the aims of language work
    • Shakespeare's language gives 'the motive and the cue' for action
    • Discourse and rhetoric as sources of dramatic energy and action
    • Language ownership and familiarity through workshops
    • Teaching approaches: listen and speak, active reading, learn and act
    • 7. Narrative in Shakespeare: harnessing the power of narrative's theatricality
    • The nature of Shakespeare's narratives
    • Teaching approaches: Structural approaches, dynamic approaches, investigative approaches
    • 8. Character in Shakespeare: changing ideas about character in drama
    • Characters and their speech utterances
    • Role differentiated from character
    • Character and setting
    • Mise en scene
    • Teaching approaches: personal encounters with roles
    • Roles in social settings
    • Roles in action in the narrative
    • Notes
    • References
    • Index.

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