It is interesting to be taking a higher level English course here at UW-Platteville. Especially it being a class purely on Shakespeare. For this weeks class we are discussing the themes and character development within the play. It is interesting to note that this play is one that I have not heard of. In high school, the only works of Shakespeare that we ever looked into were Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.
As a teacher of English, this class is required by the school. At first I thought it was going to be difficult and boring, this was because of the experience that I had from High School. I am so glad that I have been taking this class. It has really gotten me thinking about the different ways that I can question my students when it comes to Shakespeare.
The play we are looking at now is called As You Like It. This play is a comedy by Shakespeare and touches on many subjects such as identity and expression of love. This is a play that I would for sure bring to my classroom. It really gets me, as a student, thinking about what Shakespeare is trying to relay to us with the characters that he has provided us with. After learning about this play and others, I am excited to teach it in my future career. I have looked online for some cool lesson ideas and different ways that teachers can bring a more exciting look to the classroom when talking of Shakespeare. Check out these links at the bottom of the page to see some of things that I have found!
Shaking Up Shakespeare: Focusing on different Lesson Plans to get students involved in the classroom!
Shakespeare in the Classroom: This PBS webpage has loads of information filled with resources and different types of lesson plans that teachers can use for the classroom!