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Shakespeare's Peers & Rivals: Meet the "Other Guys" in Elizabethan Theatre

Jessie McKeon
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(55)
In this 8-week online course, students will learn about playwriting, dramatization, and staging concepts from early British drama. This class is set up to mimic a high school/upper grades/college elective course in English & Theatre.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Students will learn basics of play analysis while studying plays, historical context of Elizabethan and Renaissance theatre, and self-paced, independent project work
I hold a BA in Performing and Visual Arts with a focus in Early British Drama and Shakespeare and have won several awards for my work in this field. I have spent over 20 years studying and producing the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
In my classes we use video, guests, and unconventional tools to learn the topic together. I design all of my instruction around first creating a safe space, then doing what I call a "Sweep the Corners" review at the start of each session. At the completion of the course, we always Pack Up our learning and set off into our vast world!
Homework Offered
Reading will be assigned - Approximately 40 pages per week (may vary on different devices). The scripts are all annotated, so these pages go quickly (students are essentially reading a half-page).
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Learners will be graded on response in-class and will have a final, comprehensive individual project worth 25% of their grade. This is a "pass/fail" class with written assessment except where a letter grade is requested for homeschool and supplemental school transcripts. I will do my best to accommodate the various needs that different educational entities require.
Grades Offered
0I will provide copies of all plays. These are annotated and will be posted 24 hours after we begin each play. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
This class is for teens only - some of the material can be considered PG-13 due to the sense of humor and ignorance of medicine at the time these plays were written.
I will provide copies of all reading materials. I studied Early British Drama for 27 credit hours in college as part of the focus of my major in Visual and Performing Arts, so my expertise is part of the source materials. The remainder of sources are readily available online and will be disseminated to students throughout the course when applicable. All presentations will be accompanied by bibliography, which will also be expected of students' papers and projects.

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(55)
Hey, there!
My name is Jessie, and I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual and Performing Arts, a Master of Education Instructional Design, and have been working at summer camps and theatre non-profits for over 20 years! I have trained over 500... 
Group Class


for 16 classes
2x per week, 8 weeks
45 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages 13-18
2-8 learners per class

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