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Shakespearean Tragedy | Spring

This course delves into the profound themes, intricate characters, and timeless relevance of Shakespeare's tragic plays, offering students a comprehensive understanding of the Bard's contributions to dramatic literature. We will also be looking at the connection to Greek tragedy in Aristotle's Poetics, as well as clips of performances from Globe Theater in London.

Student Outcomes

Debate:
Students will develop the ability to articulate and defend interpretations of Shakespearean themes, characters, and plot points through structured debates.

Comparative Analysis:
Students will master the skill of comparing and contrasting themes, characters, and literary techniques across Hamlet and Macbeth. Students will also compare and contrast various performances of famous scenes from Hamlet and Macbeth.

Directing:
Students will explore the role of a director by creating and presenting their interpretations of selected scenes from Shakespearean plays.
They will develop a directorial vision, making creative choices in terms of staging, blocking, and character interpretation, while considering the broader themes of the play.

Performance:
Students will actively participate in acting exercises and perform selected scenes from Shakespearean plays, developing the skills necessary for effective and engaging theatrical performance.

Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.

  • Macbeth St. Ignatius critical edition
    • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781586173975
  • Hamlet St. Ignatius critical edition
    • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1586172611
  • Aristotle's Poetics PDF provided

**Julie Boudreaux **has been a teacher at a brick-and-mortar classical school for three years. She has taught Creative Writing, Geography, American Literature, and Modern History and Literature. She also assists in her school's yearly Shakespeare production. Her journey with classical education began in middle school and she has been captivated by its truth and beauty ever since. She received her Bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. At Scholé Academy, she offers tutoring services, summer programs, and humanities instruction. Julie is dedicated to cultivating joy for learning in her students. jboudreaux.schole@gmail.com

Quarter 3

  1. Aristotle’s Poetics
    1. Definition of tragedy 
    2. Tragic hero and plot
    3. Theatrical terminology 
    4. Quiz
  2. Historical context 
    1. Elizabethan & Jacobean Theater
    2. The Globe Theater
    3. Digital scavenger hunt  
    4. Quiz
  3. Macbeth, Shakespeare (1606) 

    1. Theme of Ambition
    2. Debate 
    3. Plot summaries
    4. Clips of performances 
    5. Soliloquy recitation 
    6. Character analysis & theme essay

Quarter 4

  1. Hamlet, Shakespeare_ _(1599-1601)

    1. Ambition and Revenge
    2. Debate 
    3. Plot summaries
    4. Clips of performances 
    5. Soliloquy recitation 
  2. Comparison Essay of _Macbeth _and Hamlet

Red checkmarkComputer: 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.

Red checkmarkHigh-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.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: 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

Red checkmarkZoom: 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. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.

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