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 Post subject: Shakespear
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:07 pm 
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Ds1 (10) loves poetry and has requested some shakespear to read :shock: Does anyone have any suggestions as to a good "beginner" piece please? I think possibly a comedy but not sure which one. Any help on this would be gratefully received. Thank you

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 Post subject: Re: Shakespear
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:12 pm 
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well when dd was 10/11 they did macbeth at school and she loved it - wrote about it - we read some of it together and i took her to see the play, aimed at children. I think boys would enjoy it too - its got lots in it for girls and boys :)


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 Post subject: Re: Shakespear
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:14 pm 
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Try Midsummer Night's Dream - was my 'O' level text and really enjoyed it and it is a "comedy".


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 Post subject: Re: Shakespear
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:16 am 
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Thanks guys,both of those are on my list of possibles, Im leaning more towards a midsummer nights dream as I was thinking its not too heavy,however if it was an olevel text hmmm. That said, he is only going to read and understand it,not debate it so it might be ok. If there are any other suggestions,please do keep them coming.

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 Post subject: Re: Shakespear
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:33 am 
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At this age (or indeed at most ages!) reading Shakespeare's plays drily on the page will probably not be very inspiring as a starting point - they were written to be performed and watched after all. Did you catch the BBC production of Hamlet last Christmas with David Tennant - it was stunning. If you live close enough for a trip to Stratford-on-Avon, seeing Shakespeare live with brilliant actors & staging really brings the text to life: you don't have to understand every nuance of the language (which to be honest most of us don't) but can be carried along by the action, with the beauty of the language seeping in almost subconsciously. There are some children's books (Horrible Shakespeare? Top Ten Shakespeare or similar) which help to give enough of the essence of the plot to be comprehensible while picking out some of the poetic "highlights" of the text, which could be useful before watching a production. Look out next summer for one of the touring productions which often pop up in local parks/National Trust gardens (weather permitting!) - we saw an excellent Romeo & Juliet locally.

Also many children enjoy the Shakespearean insults, as well as discovering how many well-known phrases are quotations from one or other of his plays. See http://www.rsc.org.uk/education/primary/ or http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ for some other possible ideas to explore - and definitely make time for a visit to Stratford!


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 Post subject: Re: Shakespear
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:10 pm 
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Don't worry about MSND being an 'o' level text. It is actually quite a simple story and funny too. As with all literature of this type there are many levels on which you can enjoy it.


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 Post subject: Re: Shakespear
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:25 pm 
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You could try 'Mr William Shakespeare's plays' by Marcia Williams. It's a cut-down versions of 7 plays in comic strip format. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/William-Shakesp ... 529&sr=1-4


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 Post subject: Re: Shakespear
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:51 pm 
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hilltop wrote:
You could try 'Mr William Shakespeare's plays' by Marcia Williams. It's a cut-down versions of 7 plays in comic strip format. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/William-Shakesp ... 529&sr=1-4


My 9 year old loves these .


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 Post subject: Re: Shakespear
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:52 pm 
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Has he read "King of shadows " by Susan Cooper? Year 7 DS read this along with midsummer nights dream as an introduction to shakespeare at school last year.


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 Post subject: Re: Shakespear
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:00 pm 
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I would really recommend a trip to the Globe to see Shakespeare performed if possible. My son really enjoyed it at 10-first thing he saw was midsummer nights dream. Really brought to life for the audience and very funny. Would recommend hiring a cushion and not going the standing route first time as it is quite tiring.


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