Come and ‘Much Ado’ About Shakespeare!
Come and ‘Much Ado’ About Shakespeare offers a lively setting where students can enjoy the love of reading together. Students will read two of Shakespeare’s beloved (and short!) comedies, Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It, in a reader’s theatre style. As we read, we will take pauses to ensure that students understand language, plot, characters, themes, and literary devices at play. The aim of this course is to give students a fun and restful environment in which to cultivate a love of Shakespeare. Additionally, this course will assist students towards mastery of Shakespearean Literature and deepen their skills in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and literary analysis.
Discussions will be thought-provoking, intended to expose students to the elements of literature, teach literary analysis without the burden of formal assignments, and grow rhetorical insight. Through our student management system Canvas, students will be able to informally continue to converse about the plays with their peers on our class discussion board. This informal writing of thoughts and insights into the plot of the story will further enrich the learning. For the final week, students will be asked to choose from an array of culminating activities that will enhance learning and allow further discovery through creative expression. Presentations for these culminating projects will be given on the final day.
Come and ‘Much Ado’ About Shakespeare will be an opportunity for students to value one another as readers and learners. Reading in turn becomes a social activity, and this encourages them to keep reading, increasing their comprehension and the ability to express their thoughts.
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Required Course Materials
- Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (see syllabus for link)
- As You Like It by William Shakespeare (see syllabus for link)
- Composition Notebook
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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