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Engage your students with the classic works of Shakespeare through interactive exercises. This workshop introduces students to the playwright’s world, language and plays. Examine the connection that exists between the stories of Shakespeare’s plays, the world in which he lived and present day. Students study iambic pentameter, scansion, verse and prose through Shakespeare’s texts. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience and teacher feedback. The Shakespeare workshop is offered as a one- or three-hour workshop.
Note: These workshops can be modified to accommodate a specific play from Shakespeare’s canon.
- Provides strategies for understanding and speaking Shakespeare’s text.
- Introduces students to Shakespeare’s world.
- Introduces the basics of Shakespeare’s language with emphasis on iambic pentameter.
- Students develop skills necessary write short poems.
- Provides an avenue for creative expression and increased self confidence particularly through public speaking.
- Exposes students to multiple modalities of learning and expression.
- Offers flexibility of curriculum for students with learning and physical disabilities.
To bring a Shakespeare workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.
September 2012–May 2013
One- or three-hour sessions
maximum class size
30 students / 1 teaching artist
- First one-hour workshop—FREE * (one hour per public school)
- Additional one-hour workshop—$75/hour
($60/hour educator discount **)
- Three-hour session—$60/hour
($55/hour educator discount **)
- Title I discount—$55/hour
- Non-public schools—$75/hour
* Limited to one free teaching hour per public school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties. Based on availability of Berkeley Rep School of Theatre staff. Limited to 30 students per classroom. Must sign and agree to Berkeley Rep School of Theatre booking agreement.
** Must be paid by personal check or credit card for use in educator’s own classroom.
*** Due to high fuel costs, schools located over 50 miles away from Berkeley Repertory Theatre may be charged an additional transportation fee.
new concepts and vocabulary introduced
- Elizabethan theatre
- Iambic pentameter
- Stage direction
- History (as a play type)
All of the subjects below are integrated into the Shakespeare curriculum. Depending on grade level and number of bookings, some subjects are explored further than others.
all standards covered
Grade level 6–8 VAPA Standards: Grade 6: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1; Grade 7: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 4.2; Grade 8: 1.1, 1.3, 2.2, 3.2, 4.2
Grade level 9–12 VAPA Standards Covered: Proficient: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2 2.3, 4.2; Advanced: 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.4, 4.2
Visual and Performing Arts, Theatre
- Development of the Vocabulary of Theatre
- Use the vocabulary of theatre, such as action/reaction, vocal projection, subtext, theme, mood, design, production values and stage crew, to describe theatrical experiences.
- Comprehension and Analysis of the Elements of Theatre
- Identify how production values can manipulate mood to persuade and disseminate propaganda.
- Creation / Invention in Theatre
- Use effective vocal expression, gesture, facial expression and timing to create character.
- Write and perform scenes or one-act plays that include monologue, dialogue, action and setting together with a range of character types.
- Connections and Applications
- Use theatrical skills to communicate concepts or ideas from other curriculum areas, such as a demonstration in history or social science of how persuasion and propaganda are used in advertising.
- Derivation of Meaning from Works of Theatre
- Explain how cultural influences affect the content or meaning of works of theatre.
English Language Arts
- Use a variety of effective and coherent organizational patterns, including comparison and contrast; organization by categories; and arrangement by spatial order, order of importance or climactic order.
- Listening and Speaking
- Select a focus, an organizational structure and a point of view, matching the purpose, message, occasion and vocal modulation to the audience.
- Use effective rate, volume, pitch and tone and align nonverbal elements to sustain audience interest and attention.
- Analyze oral interpretations of literature, including language choice and delivery, and the effect of the interpretations on the listener.
- Paraphrase a speaker’s purpose and point of view and ask relevant questions concerning the speaker’s content, delivery and purpose.
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