Shakespeare tips and links for learning lines at home

There are many ways to assist your child at home as we begin preparations for your child’s annual class play.

Rule number 1: Let it be a fun experience!

Rule number 2: Slow and clear articulation is crucial.

Rule number 3: Repetition makes perfect.

Rule number 4: Remember this is a team effort because every part is important!

Here are some tips for your adventures with Shakespeare this year:

  • Hand-write or print out memory cards to assist with memorising
  • Record the lines as an audio file and play these repeatedly in the car and at home for your child to recite along with.
  • Get a copy of Ken Ludwig’s book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, which has excellent tips for memorising:

Amazon.com: How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare: 9780307951502: Ludwig, Ken: Books

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, eBook by Ken Ludwig | 9780307951519 | Booktopia  (E-book version of the same book)

[Shakespeare: The Animated Tales] Hamlet (youtube.com)

Animated Synopsis of Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) | Royal Shakespeare Company (youtube.com)

[Shakespeare: The Animated Tales] Macbeth (youtube.com)

Shakespeare – The Animated Tales – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – video Dailymotion

Kids’ Zone (shakespeareweek.org.uk)

  • Enjoy a Shakespeare story before bedtime and get to know the characters better:

Usborne Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare by Various | 9781409522232 | Booktopia

Shakespeare’s Tales Retold for Children: 16-Book Box Set : Newman, Sam, Rowland, Ceej: Amazon.com.au: Books

  • For Parents only:

Access full length plays from Shakespeare’s Globe in London, via the Drama Online Library:

URL: https://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/ [Login button top right-hand corner]

Username: JOHNCOLETDRAMA Password: BELROSE

Have fun with Shakespeare!
Claire Lilla
Drama Teacher and JCS Shakespeare Festival Director