How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare
  • How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare
  • How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare
ISBN: 0307951502
EAN13: 9780307951502
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 1, 2014
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 9.1" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Winner of the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare is a foolproof, enormously fun method of teaching your children the classic works of William Shakespeare by Tony-Award winning playwright, Ken Ludwig.

To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. His plays are among the great bedrocks of Western civilization and contain the finest writing of the past 450 years. Many of the best novels, plays, poems, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare's death in 1616--from Pride and Prejudice to The Godfather--are heavily influenced by Shakespeare's stories, characters, language, and themes. In How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig provides the tools you need to inspire an understanding, and a love, of Shakespeare's works in your children, and to have fun together along the way.

Ken Ludwig devised his friendly, easy-to-master methods while teaching his own children. Beginning with memorizing short passages from the plays, his technique then instills children with cultural references they will utilize for years to come. Ludwig's approach includes understanding of the time period and implications of Shakespeare's diction as well as the invaluable lessons behind his words and stories. Colorfully incorporating the history of Shakespearean Read More chevron_right

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   Read it for myself...
While I did not use Ludwig's full-on memorization techniques, I did have my 14-year-old son read the book by reading it just as a study in Shakespeare for his own benefit. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I have recently read a lot of human economics, and there is nothing like reading the Bard to get a broad view of behavioral behavior and the human condition. First I took this book from the library and renewed it until I ran out of renewals. Eventually, I decided that I had to own it for myself. I ordered the e-version so that I could carry it with me and savor it in small parts whenever I wanted to.
   Reverse the dumbing down
Rediscovers the simple, efficient, classical way of learning, accidentally or not. The repetition of the rotation gives way to an ability to imitate. However, thoughtful understanding follows. Bonny is a homeschooling boon. But also recommended for non-homeschoolers who want to give their kids a little extra something.
   Absolutely Wonderful!!
The author of this book, however, has made reading Shakespeare not only enjoyable, he has given wonderful insights and explanations of exactly what is said. Not only do I now enjoy reading Shakespeare, but my children and I walk around the house quoting it to another. For a reference of the ages of my children, they are 9 to 4 years old.
   How to get kids interested
Vielleicht some will find this approach too structured, but the idea of exposing young minds to Shakespeare early is valuable. Such exposure, however, opens a door to a lifetime of enjoyment for children as they grow up to become young adults and then adults. By turning Shakespeare into a form of play, Ludwig's approach makes Shakespeare even fun and interesting for relatively young children. At a young age, open one's mind to Shakespeare and provide a lifetime of enjoyment.
   This book is a family favorite. We borrowed it many times from the library ...
We borrowed it many times from the library until we decided to buy a copy for our own library. We have learned many passages together. It is fun to quote them for friends and family. When you hear them come from their mouths with affection and knowledge of their meaning, Shakespeare's words are even more impressive. Book is great!
   300 Pages. 1 Idea.
Ludwig suggests creative activities such as drawing a picture of King Henry, but rests his pedagogy on two central strands, memorizing speech and having the teacher or parent explain what it means to the child. He then suggests re-memorizing the text in a variety of different ways and again and again. And that is all about it. There are few good books on the same subject but Winston and Tandy's beginning Shakespeare 4-11 is a good one and probably the most user-friendly in terms of explaining what to do, how to do it and how it works.