04 September 2013

Ancients and Shakespeare

Dusting off this draft post and hitting publish - literary purists may wish to ignore this post ☺

We're on our proposed journey to go through one of Shakespeare's plays each year for highschool.
And no Eliz, we have no plans to include Romeo and Juliet in that line-up :)

This year we've elected to go through portions of Julius Caesar, as the content ties in with the later end of our ancients study.

I'm sure others have a much more stream-lined, or classical approach, to studying Shakespeare but we're approaching this area of home educating in the same manner we seem to do everything else:
the way that seems to work best (better?) for the learning needs and preferences in our family.

Start by watching this small Sparknotes clip
Bobs and Dn to watch this online version of National Geographic's documentary: Julius Caesar: The Roman Empire  (not for sensitive, or younger children).

After watching Sparknotes clip, above, view these youtube films of the play.
(recommend previewing before showing to your own students!) :

  • BBC Animated Film (we watched this first for a quick overview, then the film above)
  • pt1   
  • pt2   
  • pt3     
Included the Illustrated Classics comic as a go-along for Daisy.  Bobs has already read this :-)
Julius Caesar
Refer to portions of the focus activities and background from Glencoe Lit,  here .
I'm wanting to use Shakespeare's plays as visual productions, where possible, and then as discussion topics - not as a writing agenda.

Beneath is a tiny excerpt out of the book we are wanting to use, if it arrives in time -   No Fear Shakespear: Julius Caesar [1]   - or otherwise we'll go for the additional on line excerpts found  here 
 (Y, you may want to check for side panel content first?)

Act 1, Scene 1

Original Text
Hence! Home, you idle creatures get you home! 
Is this a holiday?
What, know you not, Being mechanical,
You ought not walk upon a laboring day without the sign
Of your profession?—Speak, what trade art thou?

Why, sir, a carpenter.

Modern Text
Get out of here! Go home, you lazy men.
What, is today a holiday?
Don’t you know that working men aren’t supposed to walk around on a workday without wearing their work clothes? You there, speak up. What’s your occupation?

I’m a carpenter, sir.

1: Citation: Crowther, John, ed. “No Fear Julius Caesar.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. 2005. Web. 12 Apr. 2013.

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