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Storytelling Through Shakespeare

Grades 3-12

This program will use movement and the voice to take ownership of Shakespeare’s text and develop a deeper understanding of his work. Shakespeare is one of history’s most iconic storytellers and wrote his texts to be seen and heard rather than passively read.  Through this kinesthetic storytelling workshop, students will extend their bodies and voices to embody Shakespeare’s text. Students will identify the foundational parts of a story in Shakespearean scenes and use teamwork in small groups to create movement and sounds to highlight crucial moments in the text. The program will begin with a voice and body warm-up, leading to a brief introduction to textual analysis of the script. The program includes performances of the students’ work to the class. A highlight of this program is team/ community-building and providing student ownership of academic material. 

Workshop

45 minute program

In-person

Speaking Shakespeare

Grades 6-12

Speaking Shakespeare will examine Shakespeare's words by engaging in rich evidence-based conversations and collective text analysis. Text-based answers will allow students to discover and utilize literary techniques to comprehend Shakespeare's work. The students will use literary techniques like punctuation, iambic pentameter, alliteration, metaphor, and simile. The first step of interpretation will lead them to exercises in paraphrasing, imagery, and structure. Students will write from the sources and build their academic vocabulary directly from Shakespeare's texts. Students will leave the program with enhanced knowledge and appreciation of Shakespeare's time in history, relevance to today's society, basic stagecraft, and skills to analyze scripts for clues on how to speak and act the text in class, as an actor, creative team member, or audience member.

Workshop

45 minute program

In-person or Virtual

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Characters with the Bard

Grades 3-12

This workshop focuses on analyzing the characters in Shakespeare through physical and vocal expression. The workshop will guide students through physical and vocal warm-ups to prepare them to be present, connect, and ready their bodies to receive and tell stories. Through this kinesthetic approach to learning, students will take ownership of some of Shakespeare’s influential characters by interpreting how the characters of Shakespeare view themselves, how other characters view them, and through the character’s actions. This activity activates the lessons about character development and analysis from the classroom. Students will be allowed to learn with their minds and bodies, strengthening information retention, understanding, and connection. 

Workshop

45 minute program

In-person and Virtual