Shakespeare Reading Club (Summer)
Term: Summer 2020, July 27–August 26 (10 sessions)
Target Grade Levels: 9–12
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min.
Section 1: M/W 1:00 p.m. ET with Peter Bradshaw
This reading group will focus on two of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies: Macbeth and King Lear. As we read these plays, we will focus on answering the question, What is Christian tragedy? Students will read and watch one act per week for a total of 10 weeks. Real-time discussion will be split between informative, short lectures explaining the key aspects of the works and Socratic-style discussion of the texts.
- Macbeth, William Shakespeare, (Folger Edition) ISBN: 978-0743477109
- King Lear, William Shakespeare, (Folger Edition) ISBN: 978-0743482769
Filmed Plays (Both films are available to rent on Amazon Prime):
- Macbeth, Trevor Nunn’s production with Ian Mckellen and Judi Dench (1978-9)
- King Lear, Trevor Nunn’s production with Ian Mckellen (2008)
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course. We have supplied links to Amazon for convenience, but any edition of the books are acceptable.
Peter Bradshaw grew up on land in the warm chaparral of Southern California. He was introduced to the great works of the Western world through a Great Books program in high school. Peter studied English literature at Covenant College and hopes to complete his master’s through a distance program at New Saint Andrews College in the summer of 2020. Over the past 6 years since graduating from Covenant, Peter has taught a range of subjects. He particularly enjoys teaching literature, history, formal logic, and rhetoric. When not in the classroom, he enjoys painting, poetry, guitar, and watching the little unnoticed things of the world. He and his wife are expecting their first child at the end of March. He currently lives and teaches in Cairo, Egypt, and is planning on enrolling in a fluency of Ancient Greek program offered by the Polis Institute in Jerusalem in September 2020. E-mail: email@example.com
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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.
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.
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