Shakespeare in Three Steps: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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An enjoyable and simple approach to some of the greatest literature ever written—the plays of William Shakespeare! Help your students become familiar with Shakespeare’s imaginative stories, memorable characters, and brilliant lines in three simple steps. (Grades 2–12)

A free PDF e-book version is included with every print book so you can easily make copies of the script for your students.

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“To become intimate with Shakespeare in this way is a great enrichment of mind and instruction of conscience.”—Charlotte Mason

Now you can help your students become familiar with Shakespeare’s imaginative stories, memorable characters, and brilliant lines in three simple steps:

  1. Read the story.
  2. Hear the script.
  3. Watch the play.


Each Shakespeare in Three Steps book provides everything you need:

  • A well-written story version of the play by E. Nesbit or Charles and Mary Lamb—classic narratives that have been providing a wonderful introduction to Shakespeare’s plays for decades.
  • The complete script of the play with helpful notes to explain unusual terms or add to your understanding of Shakespeare’s stories, characters, and lines. When you purchase a printed version of Shakespeare in Three Steps, you will also receive the e-book version in PDF form so you can easily make copies of the included script for your students.
  • An outlined plan for walking through the script, divided into manageable portions with quick recaps, scene introductions, and summaries that will guide you each step of the way. We highly recommend using the excellent audio dramatizations from Arkangel Shakespeare for this step, so students can hear the lines delivered masterfully from the very beginning.
  • Script highlights, featuring well-known or just ponder-worthy lines, that will gently introduce the Bard’s genius and cultivate an appreciation for his wonderful way with words.
  • Parental advisories to give you a heads-up on scenes that may contain material inappropriate for children.
  • Helpful lists of the characters in the scenes and the number of lines each one speaks, so you can assign parts knowledgeably for reading sessions or acting roles.
  • Candid reviews of several video recordings of the play to save you time previewing and help you select an appropriate presentation for your students to watch and enjoy.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Recommended for Grades 2–12

Summary: This is the story of two young couples crossed in love, a kingdom of fairies, and a bumbling troupe of would-be actors who all have definite plans for one evening in summer. When the king of fairies and his favorite sprite decide to play a trick on his queen, chaos ensues for all and they must scramble to put everything to rights again.

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Weight.75 lbs
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × .63 in




CD, E-book, Spiral


Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Lesson Plan

Enrichment Studies, Volume 1

Running Time

139 minutes


2 reviews for Shakespeare in Three Steps: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  1. Stephi Santos

    I purchased A Midsummer Night’s Dream to do with my gifted 6th grader and planned to allow my 3rd grader to tag along. Little did I know the younger one was going to absolutely LOVE Shakespeare! He is not typically very gung-ho about anything school related, but every day we have Shakespeare on the schedule he gets so excited. He insists on taking parts that have the most lines and reads them amazingly well. Thank you, Sonya Shafer, for putting together such an easy to use product! There’s just the right amount of help for the teacher in the form of brief summaries, notable lines, and how many lines each character is going to have.

  2. Linsey

    My 8 and 11 year old loved this!

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