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The Shakespeare Society Club for Teens


Shakespeare's Controversial Comedy: Unpacking Taming of the Shrew

In this class on "Taming of the Shrew," we will analyze the play's themes of gender roles, power dynamics, and love, and explore how Shakespeare's controversial comedy remains relevant today
Renee Kempton: Adventure Learning
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Class Experience

Understand the historical and cultural context of Shakespeare's play, including Elizabethan attitudes towards gender roles and marriage.

Analyze and interpret the play's themes of love, power dynamics, and transformation, and identify how they relate to contemporary society.

Develop critical reading and analysis skills, including close reading of Shakespearean language and use of textual evidence.
Engage in thoughtful and productive class discussions, sharing ideas and perspectives with classmates.

Develop effective communication and collaboration skills through projects and presentations.
The teacher for this class on Taming of the Shrew has a degree in education, extensive experience teaching multiple subjects, and additional experience homeschooling through high school, providing a diverse and well-rounded approach to teaching and understanding the needs of learners.
Week 1:
Read Act 1, Scenes 2-3, and complete a close reading analysis of Petruchio's behavior towards Kate.
Research the historical context of the play, focusing on Elizabethan attitudes toward marriage and gender roles.

Week 2:
Read Act 2 and answer a set of discussion questions about the courtship plotline.
Watch a film adaptation of the play and compare and contrast it to the original text.

Week 3:
Read Act 3 and analyze the scene in which Petruchio "tames" Kate.
Write a short reflection on the challenges of performing and adapting "Taming of the Shrew" for modern audiences.

Week 4:
Read Act 4 and examine the subplot involving Bianca and her suitors.
Research and present on the role of women in Shakespeare's plays.

Week 5:
Read Act 5 and complete a character analysis of Petruchio or Kate.
Write a letter to one of the characters, expressing your opinion on their actions and choices.

Week 6:
Review the play as a whole and prepare a multimedia presentation exploring a particular theme or motif.
Write a reflective essay on what you learned during the course and how it relates to contemporary issues.
A copy of the play "Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare. I suggest the "No Fear" edition. A notebook or binder for taking notes and organizing assignments Writing utensils (pens/pencils) Highlighters Sticky notes Access to a computer or library for research and writing assignments
The learner's progress for the class on Taming of the Shrew is assessed through a variety of methods, including written essays, in-class discussions, quizzes, and a final project/presentation.

Discussion participation: Students will be evaluated on their participation in class discussions, including their ability to share ideas, ask questions, and engage with their peers.

Portfolio: Students will keep a portfolio of their work throughout the course, including written assignments, artistic creations, and reflections on their learning.

50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. I suggest the "No Fear" edition.


Renee Kempton: Adventure LearningADVENTURE LEARNING! Discover, Explore, Engage.
111 total reviews
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About Me

Greetings! I am an elementary teacher certified by the state, pursuing a master's degree in teaching, and proficient in the Orton-Gillingham approach. I have homeschooled three of my four wonderful kids, and I have a passion for nature, science,... 
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