Shakespeare in Three Steps: Twelfth Night
Shakespeare in Three Steps: Twelfth Night



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Shakespeare in Three Steps: Twelfth Night

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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.

Shakespeare in Three Steps: Twelfth Night provides everything you need:

  • A well-written story version of the play by E. Nesbit—a classic narrative that has been providing a wonderful introduction to Twelfth Night 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 dramatization 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.

Twelfth Night

Recommended for Grades 2–12

Summary: Two twins, brother and sister, are shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria. The sister, believing her brother to be drowned and worried that Illyria might not be safe for her, decides to disguise herself as a man. In her new garb she presents herself at the Duke’s court as a pageboy and quickly becomes a favorite, hiding her growing love for the Duke beneath the guise of devoted friendship. The Duke, meanwhile, is attempting to win the hand of another fair lady. This lady refuses the Duke, steadfastly grieving the death of a family member to the point of oblivion—unaware even of the chaos being wreaked by her other mischievous relatives, until the Duke sends his new page to woo her in his stead. Unfortunately, the lady falls for the seeming pageboy, and the ensuing chaos is not sorted out until the twin brother arrives.

Additional Information

Weight.87 lbs
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × .75 in


E-book, Spiral


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



Running Time

131 minutes


3 reviews for Shakespeare in Three Steps: Twelfth Night

  1. Glenda Pell

    We had a wonderful time using this study! My girls and I enjoyed listening to the play while following the script. We had good discussions and learned all kinds of vocabulary words resulting in our having a good understanding of the story and language before viewing. This made all the difference! We then viewed a recommended version of the play- and we were just captivated! My 11 year old now refers to Twelfth Night as her favorite comedy. Thank you, Sonya, for making Shakespeare not just available but enjoyable!

  2. Geneva Hoff

    We have not completed this play yet, but we loved “A Midsummer Nights Dream” done by SCM so I was quite looking forward to us tackling another. However, I was surprised today when we came to the 3 and 4th scenes of Act I and some of the language was a bit graphic for a second grader. I was disappointed to not be given a *warning* about this. The line is from Sir Toby as he speaks with Sir Andrew (they are drunken and rowdy) and he says regarding Sir Andrew’s hair: “Excellent. It hangs like flax on a distaff; and I hope to see a housewife take thee between her legs and spin it off.” I was quite disappointed as my 10 year old looked up at me and was obviously perplexed by that line. SCM, a warning is needed here for that graphic language in my humble opinion. Thanks so much!

    • Sonya Shafer

      Thanks so much for pointing out that omission, Geneva. I’ll make a note to add a parental advisory for that sentence in lines 96–98.

  3. amber7

    My 2nd and 4th graders and I loved our Shakespeare study of “A Midsummer Nights Dream”! We followed the instructions of reading it first, then listening, then watching. Deciding which of the next Shakespeare studies to do this year.

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