From Page to Stage: An Intro to Shakespeare

$236.00

Course Description In this writing-intensive course, students will read and analyze a play by Shakespeare and study its significance through discussions. They will also learn to identify and analyze specific devices used by our Bard (iambic pentameter, antithesis, repetition, etc.). The course will be conducted around a virtual Harkness table, a popular learning format in elite US boarding schools that champions student-led discussions. Independent thinking is key to the establishment of this course. Besides weekly reading assignments, students will be asked to complete a “ten-minute task” which offers students the agency to choose from either argumentative or creative writing prompts, or a “twenty-minute tango,” a longer and more formal writing assignment dedicated to the analysis of a chosen part of the text. Throughout the course, students will craft complex and arguable claims (thesis) about the text and defend their claim in a formally written, properly cited two-to-three-page essay.
Teacher Felix Bao from Brighter Bee Academy

Felix Bao is a recent graduate from The Hotchkiss School. He is a passionate scholar who dedicated the past two years of his life reading, performing, and analyzing the Bard’s writings and their various interpretations by contemporary artists and scholars. Felix has read all of Shakespeare’s 38 plays and has written extensively about Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Richard II, Macbeth, and King Lear during his senior honors elective “Shakespeare and the Bible.” Besides being a self-proclaimed Shakespeare nerd, Felix has made stunning efforts in the School’s theater program as an actor, director, stage manager, and playwright with a focus on Euro-American modern drama. His experience with the inner workings of a production granted him not only the knowledge about staging a play but also an outstanding talent to work with younger peers. Felix will attend Columbia University this September with an intended major in English literature and performing arts.

Grade This course is appropriate for 7th to 10th grade students.
Textbook / Material
  • All course materials will be accessible free of charge online or distributed by the instructor.
Class Time

Wednesdays 7 to 8 p.m.

Course Details In this course, students will:

  • Read and analyze a play by Shakespeare and study its significance through discussions
  • Learn to identify and analyze specific devices used by our Bard (iambic pentameter, antithesis, repetition, etc.).
  • Engage in student-led discussion through a virtual Harkness table which is a popular learning format in elite US boarding schools
  • Craft complex and arguable thesis about the text and defend their claim in a formally written, properly cited two-to-three-page essay

Session Outline

  1. Introduction, course expectations, why are you here; choose a play (HW: reading)
  2. What happened, assification and practice, read a bit more (HW: reading & 10mT)
  3. What happened, discussion, read a bit more (HW: reading & 10mT)
  4. What happened, discussion, thesis, evidence and basic structure (HW: reading & three thrilling theses with 2 textual evidence each)
  5. What happened, discussion, read a bit more (HW: reading & 20mT, prepare for 2-min terms)
  6. What happened, discussion, 2-min terms (HW: finish the play and craft a workable thesis)
  7. What happened, discussion, student example and workshop (HW: essay due before next class)
  8. Page to stage, discussion, and surprise!