How to Teach your Children Shakespeare

How to Teach your Children Shakespeare

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Winner of the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare is a foolproof, enormously fun method of teaching your children the classic works of William Shakespeare by Tony-Award winning playwright, Ken Ludwig.
To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. His plays are among the great bedrocks of Western civilization and contain the finest writing of the past 450 years. Many of the best novels, plays, poems, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare’s death in 1616—from Pride and Prejudice to The Godfather—are heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s stories, characters, language, and themes. In How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig provides the tools you need to inspire an understanding, and a love, of Shakespeare’s works in your children, and to have fun together along the way.
        Ken Ludwig devised his friendly, easy-to-master methods while teaching his own children. Beginning with memorizing short passages from the plays, his technique then instills children with cultural references they will utilize for years to come. Ludwig’s approach includes understanding of the time period and implications of Shakespeare’s diction as well as the invaluable lessons behind his words and stories. Colorfully incorporating the history of Shakespearean theater and society, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare guides readers on an informed and adventurous journey through the world in which the Bard wrote.
This book’s simple process allows anyone to impart to children the wisdom of plays like A Midsummer Night’s DreamTwelfth Night, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. And there’s fun to be had throughout. Shakespeare novices and experts and readers of all ages will each find something delightfully irresistible in How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.

Baker & Taylor
Outlines an engaging way to instill an understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's classic works in children, presenting a family-friendly method that incorporates the history of Shakespearean theater and society.

& Taylor

Outlines an engaging way to instill an understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's classic works in children, outlining a family-friendly method that incorporates the history of Shakespearean theater and society.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2014, c2013
ISBN: 9780307951502
Branch Call Number: 822.33 LUD
Characteristics: xv, 346 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 07, 2019

I really enjoy reading this book with my son! English is not my mother tongue. I know a lot of Shakespeare stories but never read original works which are actually a little intimidating. Reading this book makes me feel I can start to read a bit myself. At the same time, it is of course a great way to introduce more Shakespeare to kids. My son is 11 and we have read some stories for kids together before. With a bit of that knowledge, he is willing to read and recite together with me and usually he is the one to remember the passage faster than me. Highly recommend!

Bunny_Watson716 Apr 01, 2016

What a lovely book! If you don't have children to teach Shakespeare to, never fear! You can use the same methods to memorize treasured parts of his plays too. Wonderful introduction to Shakespeare.

crankylibrarian Jan 27, 2014

What a charming book. Playwright Ken Ludwig recounts his humorous, inspiring and touching experiences in sharing his love for Shakespeare with his son and daughter. Each chapter breaks down key speeches, with paraphrases, and a breakdown of the rhythm and metre. In between, Ludwig provides insightful commentary on the scene, and the character speaking, interwoven with anecdotes about his own, or his children's first encounters with the play. By focusing on 9 plays, including romances, histories, and comedies; Ludwig is able to cram in a tremendous amount of information in a lively and accessible format.

Ludwig's method stresses memorization, a technique that has fallen out of favor, and may strike some parents as needlessly didactic. He provides helpful "quotation pages" to make this easier, and stresses that memorization not only can help children understand the lines, but that it can also be fun; and that the words will then remain with them their whole lives. The most moving experience in the book is Ludwig's daughter, on the eve of her departure for college, reciting to her father, from memory Polonius' parting advice to Laertes. Chills.

A great book for anyone looking for an engaging guide to Shakespeare. includes a bibliography of many other wonderful Shakespeare resources on film, paper and audio.

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