Last year we explored Shakespeare. I didn't want our grade 6 daughter to come to high school and have no prior knowledge of Shakespeare. My goal was just exposure, but I felt that we learned much from this unit! One bonus was Shakespeare is such a great way to learn about plot, theme and characters.
We read the plays from two sources:
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit
We used these fabulous Notebooking pages Homeschool Share.
During our study we read the novel The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood. This really rounded out our study as we learned about the theatre of the time, of Shakespeare's life and about the history during his lifetime. This was an engaging book that had many twists and turns in the plot!
It amazed me just how much Shakespeare challenged our daughter's thinking about stories and how they are written. As we read Romeo and Juliet she assumed that this was going to be a "happily ever after" story. When it turned out to be a tragedy, she was shocked! She just couldn't believe that Shakespeare would write it that way!
We did watch a few of these videos:
This is an awesome resource for all things Shakespeare!