Shakepeare's plays are an integral part of our homeschooling curriculum. We typically read three of them per year - one play during each school term. After four years of this, we've read most of the most famous ones:
- Henry V
- The Tempest
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- King Lear
- Julius Caesar
- The Merchant of Venice
- Richard III
- The Taming of the Shrew
- Twelfth Night
- The Winter's Tale
- As You Like It
- Much Ado About Nothing
We will finish this school year with Romeo and Juliet and something else.
The reason for all this Shakespeare is for enjoyment, yes, but also because these plays influence our world. From the World War II miniseries Band of Brothers (Henry V) to the TV show Lost (The Tempest), the Bard of Avon touches everything.
If you also enjoy Shakespeare, you might like to participate in Extreme Shakespeare and read 38 plays in 38 days. Sounds fun...and hectic. I'm not sure I have the time. For those interested, the 38:38 group reading challenge begins March 1 and ends on April 7. Check the calendar for the schedule of books. Oh, I just realized something. If the challenge had begun yesterday, it could coincide with the 40 days of Lent - though I don't think Shakespeare would actually qualify as a Lenten sacrifice.
The picture above is a lovely blank journal I found at a thrift store. I was attracted by the graphic, but the pun makes me smile.
Do you have a favorite Shakepeare play?