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Ch 3: Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Shakespeare & Renaissance literature unit of this 11th Grade English Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about Shakespeare and literature of the Renaissance. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our 11th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about literature of the Renaissance. There is no faster or easier way to learn about Renaissance literature. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the lives and works of Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need an English curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Shakespeare & Renaissance literature unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature Unit Objectives:

  • Meet Shakespeare and study Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth.
  • Read and interpret sonnets written by Shakespeare.
  • Become acquainted with Christopher Marlowe and his work as a playwright.
  • Learn about Ben Jonson's poems and plays, in addition to hearing about his connection to Shakespeare.

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
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Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

1. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

2. Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

To be or not to be? In this lesson, that really is the question. Watch this video to learn all about Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's great tragedies. We'll explore its plot, characters and the meaning of that famous phrase.

Othello: Racism and Shakespeare

3. Othello: Racism and Shakespeare

In this video, we'll give an overview of the plot of Shakespeare's 'Othello.' We'll discuss the motivations of his wicked ensign, Iago, and address the racial issues brought to light by Shakespeare's writing.

Shakespeare's King Lear: My Three Daughters

4. Shakespeare's King Lear: My Three Daughters

In this video, we'll discuss the importance of blindness, both literal and metaphorical, in Shakespeare's King Lear. We'll give an overview of the plot, characters, and explore the familial relationships central to the famous tragedy.

Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

5. Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

In this lesson, we'll follow how ambition shapes the events of Shakespeare's Scottish play, 'Macbeth'. We'll explore the plot, characters and supernatural elements that are characteristic of this play.

Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

6. Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

In this video we'll learn about Shakespeare's sonnets, which contain some of his most famous poetry. Shakespeare addresses both a Fair Youth, speculated to be a young earl and patron, and a Dark Lady, whom he describes in frank and unromantic terms. We'll discuss the meter and rhyme scheme of the typical Shakespearean sonnet, as well as the structure of the overall work.

Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

7. Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

English playwright Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare with a short but potent body of work to his name. Learn all about his plays - and his fascinating character - from our video lesson!

Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

8. Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

To a great deal of people, for a great deal of time, English playwright and poet Ben Jonson was known merely as a rival (and inferior) to William Shakespeare. But there's more to the story than that! Watch our video lesson to get the skinny on Jonson's life and work.

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