This book is a resource for classroom teachers with little to no drama experience, teaching artists, homeschoolers, parents, community arts organizations that partner with schools, and others with a strong interest in engaging students, U.S. grades 5-8 (ages 10-13), in a 40-minute production of Othello, Henry V, Hamlet, or Julius Caesar.
Directing Tools for Teachers is optimally matched with the STAGEiT! Acting Tools for Students and Professional Development Guide — both available separately. Directing Tools for Teachers could be of independent use to drama teachers and others with theater experience looking for content to do a school play.
Acting Tools for grades 3-4 and 4-5 (ages 8-10) are in development.
Directing Tools for Teachers contains:
Stumped about how to interpret the plays for this age group?
This chapter explores different ways that teaching artists
have interpreted 40-minute versions in the classroom using
each play’s theme as a basis.
Contemporary English Version
Line-by-line paraphrases of Shakespeare’s text created by
STAGEiT! for each of the four plays to build understanding
of the text. Student worksheets are available separately in
Acting Tools or for free download on this site!
Did you know that ‘Tis neither here nor there is from Othello,
To thine own self be true is from Hamlet, and It was Greek to me appears in Julius Caesar? Popular sayings such as these are
identified from the four plays, their meaning explained, and
possible inquiry questions suggested.