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Narrating Our Way Through Julius Caesar

"Liberty!  Freedom!  Tyranny is dead!"
Our Charlotte Mason co-op, Truth, Beauty, Goodness performed Julius Caesar for Family Night last week.  In honor of the Bard's 447th birthday, I wanted to share with you some pictures and explain how we went about the play.  From the audience's response as well as the children's, I would say this has been our favorite and best play to date!

"Beware the ides of March!"
We met 6 times over the course of 12 weeks.  Students were to listen and read one act, then come back to co-op and present their narrations.  At the end of this post  is an outline of the variety of narrations assigned, each student presenting at least once and with a narration that was within their developmental capacities.  The students were to listen to the scene only once at home, then prepare their narrations.  Oh, my, did they shine!  It was one little girl's first written narration (age 9) - she was so proud to read it to us (she wrote a diary entry as a young girl in the mob scene at the funeral).  The videotape of the news reporter in a toga, reporting the assassination as it unfolded, was spot-on.

Gentle Portia and Brutus

Here is LizzeBee's (9)  poem narration of Act 2.4

Portia finds out the conspirator's plan
and  says to the servant Lucius,
"Go to the capital- an errand for thee."
"But why?" says the servant Lucius.
"For  word from my husband, Brutus.
He left ill in his mind this day.
But don't go yet - I hear a noise!"
Lucius says, "I cannot stay!"

"Quiet! Listen more closely.
Ahh-the soothsayer comes this way!"
"I hear it now!" Lucius cries,
"What brings you here today?"

"I go to warn Caesar at the capital.
He has not arrived there yet.
He ignored me on the streets one day-
That I am sure he'll regret."

"I must go,"says the soothsayer,
I'll be trampled to death -
Senators, praetors, citizens-
Did I mention their foul breath?"

"We will be satisfied; let us be satisfied!"

Julius Caesar Narration Ideas

11 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! My mom, who attended our family night, especially enjoyed the play. She said, "It was wonderful! I'm so glad I came."

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  2. This is great! We are going to do Romeo and Juliet this week. Thanks for the ideas.

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  3. Teaching that next year!
    I'm sure it was most lovely...even the killing.
    One of our students did a computer graphics video of this play that led him to SCAD that led him to Digital as a profession , working on Narnia and Peter Pan .....

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  4. Thanks for posting those narration suggestions by act. The narration in verse was a joy to read.

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  5. What a blessing to have other homeschooling families to share in this with!

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  6. Super! Shakespeare has been part of our homeschooling since the beginning, starting with Lambs' Tales and now with the actual plays. I'm looking at what your co-op did with great interest - and I appreciate "how-to" ideas from fellow homeschoolers.

    I've never read or seen Shakespeare's Julius Caesar myself. Applause to your co-op kids! (I hope to catch up with them!)

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  7. I was/am so proud of all their hard work on this play! It was really fun to watch and see how well they grasped Shakespeare (who has always been daunting to me.) Great work Nancy!!

    Anita- Your mom told me the angry crowd was one of her favortie parts :)

    Bobby Jo

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  8. Awesome....love how we can adapt our narrations to each project and piece of literature. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

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  9. yay! we thoroughly enjoyed Julius Caesar last term (way back, now! ;) as you know.

    I think this kind of handling of the play (narration + creative presentation) will certainly help it to live on in their memories for much longer than normal. I bet it was SO cool!

    Congratulations! :)
    See you soon @ CLUSA!

    amy

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  10. Love the ideas! Working with As You Like It with RCHA and am working on getting creative. Thanks for the inspiration. Heather

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