Shakespeare Resources

coolest game that we found at a library book sale about 15 years ago

I spent the morning with our Charlotte Mason high school group, The Hive.So exciting to see them slowly come alive and own their learning as much of this method is new to many of the students.  Connections are being made by the students between all the subjects - current events, science, citizenship, geography, composition, and more - showing the students that no subject is an island. I just fall in love with learning all over again when I see this happening. Eventually, I will write much more on this fine group of young people and our learning adventure.
another great Shakespeare book illustrated by those Provensens
For today, I have a few Shakespeare resources that I have found helpful.  Our TBG Community is reading/narrating/experiencing  Romeo and Juliet.  If we aren't going to put on a performance of the Shakespeare play we are doing, I have the students choose recitation pieces.  To simplify matters, I give them the choices.  This website, Shakespeare's Monologues, helps me to select the most famous monologues and cuts down on my prep time by oodles. It even separates them into men's and women's monologues by play.

The second resource is Shakespeare's Storybook w/CD by Patrick Ryan and James Mayhew.  We listened to "The Hill of Roses", based on a poem called The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet - the material Shakespeare based R & J on.  We were discussing how much of what Shakespeare wrote was "borrowed" from older stories, folktales, and poems. Thinking hard, they remembered acting out the story of Pyramis and Thisbe from A Midsummer Night's Dream years ago...another precursor to Romeo and Juliet!  I think it surprised them that he could do that and it wasn't considered plagiarism.  My kids just listen to this for fun, giving them great stories and often times a head start on the Shakespeare plays we encounter.

From joy to joy,

illustration from the Provensen book



  1. The Hive is comin' alive, eh?! ;)

    Thanks for sharing all of this! :) I was so excited to find an idea at Amy in Peru's site of making character sketches of everyone before starting reading. My daughter (9) and I had such a fun time doing this yesterday for The Twelfth Night. It really helps keep everybody (and their disguises/alias') straight! :-)

    We are using Lamb's right now, so it's fun to see what others that are paving the way ;) are doing!

    ~ Amy

  2. Ha! I thought we were the only ones who own that game! And I just picked up Barefoot Books' Shakespeare's Storybook CD at my library's book sale. We've been enjoying it in the car (where we spend too much time lately!)

    Peace and Laughter,

  3. Thank you for sharing your timely ideas. Yesterday was our first day of "The Feast" and we just started "Julius Caesar". What a great thrill to see elementary students excited about the bard! You just reminded me to dig through the resources I have at home. Instead of "character sketches", the older students did a quick "picture study" of the busts of three characters (Julius Caesar, Pompey the Great, and Cleopatra). Then, we read about the death of Pompey (since Marullus gives a long speech about him) and the older ones narrated what they knew about Caesar, Pompey, and Cleopatra (since Pompey died in Egypt after she and her brother had granted Pompey permission to come ashore) before we started the play.

  4. ooooh! i love the monologue site!! thank you! SUPER helpful!
    i just know that it must be a huge privilege to be part of the hive... what a treasure!

    thanks for sharing, friend. :)

  5. It's great that you make Shakespeare part of your home school curriculum. I am the creator of a Shakespeare monologue search engine located @ findshakespeare.com

    I was hoping you would consider adding us to your resource page. Also, if you had any comments or suggestions about the site I would love the opportunity to make it better for you.