Shakespeare

Our Shakespeare in Three Steps books give you everything you need to make studying Shakespeare very doable. Add the professional audio recordings and your whole family is sure to enjoy it. The plays listed below are the plays we recommend and the youngest grade levels for which we recommend them.

Grades 2–12

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream—Humorous play about several couples, magic spells, fairies, and a bumbling troupe of would-be actors.
  • The Comedy of Errors—Humorous play about the confusing adventures of identical twins and how they eventually save their father’s life.
  • As You Like It—Humorous play about two girls, one posing as a shepherd boy, who find a banished father and loving husbands in the forest.
  • Twelfth Night—Humorous play about a girl, posing as page to a duke, who finds her identical twin brother and wins her true love amid a series of confusing events.

Grades 6—12

  • Julius Caesar—Tragedy about the death of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March.
  • Romeo and Juliet—The classic play of forbidden love and its tragic end. Young people from rivaling families pledge love to each other and choose rather to die together than to betray that love. (Parental Advisory: We include this play because it is one of the most well-known of Shakespeare’s works; however, keep in mind that it is a tragedy about teenage passion. It does contain some beautiful passages, but it also includes some “locker-room talk” that you would be wise to approach with caution.)
  • The Taming of the Shrew—Humorous play of how a belligerent woman becomes a submissive wife.

Grades 9–12

  • Hamlet—Tragedy of the prince of Denmark who is doomed by his father’s murder to plot a bloody revenge.
  • Macbeth—Tragedy of an ambitious nobleman who is driven by an evil wife to murder his king.

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