Shakespeare Study

Tru and I have begun reading Romeo and Juliet together. He has always enjoyed Shakespeare’s stories, and we have read various versions of his plays since he was little. This year Tru wanted to read full versions of his work, and I decided we would start with Romeo and Juliet.

We are using Romeo and Juliet – No Fear Shakespeare for our study, and I like the series because it translates the text for you side by side on the pages. However I was a little taken aback by how sexual the translation is, and if you have kids or teenagers on the young side you may not want to use this. At the very least you should pre-read it and decide for yourself.

Along with reading the book I have been gathering other resources to use in our study. We recently purchased an Apple TV, and there are podcasts on it that you can watch and/or listen to on you tv. I have discovered so many podcasts that I love and that can be used in our homeschool, and of course with our Shakespeare study, I have not been let down.

There are many podcasts that deal with Shakespeare, and one I especially enjoy, as does  Tru, is the BBCs Shakespeare’s Restless World. This podcast explores Shakespeare’s time period by taking a close look at twenty objects from the period. The first podcast deals with Drake’s Circumnavigation Medal and how his voyage around the world shaped the world of England at the time. It is all very interesting, and it adds a good deal of background information to the study of Shakespeare.

Another podcast that works nice with our study is BBC’s Shakespeare Dramas.

This podcast will feature three new productions of Shakespeare’s dramas, and the first one features David Tennant as Malvolio in Twelfth Night. David Tennant and Shakespeare together, what’s not to love about that?

One more resource that I am using in our study is the iPad app Shakespeare in Bits: Romeo and Juliet. I have mentioned this app before here at TAD Town, and I wanted to mention it again because I think it is a wonderful resource. It is an expensive app, but it does a wonderful job of making Shakespeare accessible to kids and teens, which I believe is the goal of the app. In a way that is my goal too. I want Tru to find meaning in Shakespeare’s work, and I want him to be able to relate  to it even though it was written hundreds of years ago. With this study I hope to accomplish just that.

7 thoughts on “Shakespeare Study

  1. I am SO glad you wrote this post. We’ve been discussing starting a more serious study of Shakespeare come fall and I was looking around for unusual resources (because usual resources no longer excite us much as they used to). Thank you!

  2. David Tennant has done a lot of Shakespeare for BBC Radio, much of which our library has on CD. Jazz and I listened to Much Ado about Nothing with DT as Benedick, which was FABULOUS. We’re planning to buy or rent the digital video of last spring’s London production of the same play with DT and Catherine Tate: http://www.digitaltheatre.com/production/details/much-ado-about-nothing-tennant-tate

    Next up is a Comedy of Errors (BBC audio) with DT in the starring role, again!

    Thanks very much for the info. on Shakespeare’s Restless World–the podcast sounds of interest to both Jazz and me–and about Twelfth Night (my personal favorite).

    {{Hi Suji!}}

  3. Have you seen the version of Hamlet with DT and Patrick Stewart? Phenomenal! I didn’t think about Doctor Who once while watching it, either. DT was that good.

    • I have seen Much Ado About Nothing with David Tenant and Catherine Tate. It was amazing! I haven’t seen Hamlet yet, but Tru and I plan to read that next. I will definitely watch it after that. Thanks for the info!

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