As You Like It
On-Line for Summer 2020
Teacher: Sarah Richman
Shakespeare: As You Like It
In this course we will perform a close reading of Shakespeare's As You Like It and contextualize the play within Shakespeare’s world and modern receptions of it. This course is ideal for students with prior experience in high school level English who enjoy close reading and hands on approaches to literature. It is designed to give an introduction to reading and performing Shakespeare, and as such no prior experience with him is necessary.
- Students will explore Shakespeare’s context in terms of dramaturgy, contemporary literature, and history
- Students will comprehend basic features of early modern English, including use of thee/thou pronouns and original pronunciation
- Students will identify and interpret Shakespeare’s meter, prose, rhyme, imagery and other poetic devices
- Students will perform Shakespeare, both scripted and with a short memorized passage
- Students will discuss the major themes of As You Like It
Activities will include daily readings, memorization of a brief passage of the student’s choice, in-class dramatization via video chat, asynchronous discussion questions, film viewings, and ‘Shakespeare’s world’ in character interactions.
This course runs for three weeks from July 27th to August 14th. Most of the course will be asynchronous with some synchronous meetings for in-class events at times to be determined. No application is required to take this course and course tuition is $120.
About the teacher:
Sarah Richman has loved Shakespeare since she was very small. After earning a 5 in AP Literature in 10th grade, she went on to take multiple upper-level university Shakespeare and Early Modern courses while still in high school, and also served as a TA for AP English Literature and Composition through AP homeschoolers. Sarah recently presented her research paper on early modern literature at the conference “Conjuring the Past” at Penn State University. She is an English and Economics Major at the College of William and Mary with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance studies.
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