I found a wonderful unit plan for William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, which I begin teaching one of my British Literature and Composition Classes tomorrow. I adapted it, adding in some ideas from the Folger Shakespeare Library (whose lesson plan section on this play is kind of skimpy) and some ideas from the Penguin-Putnam Teacher’s Guide (pdf) for the play.
I wasn’t too sure about this play at first. It’s been a while since I had taught it, and I was not sure if I really wanted to teach it, and I certainly didn’t want to sit down and plan it. Now I’m really excited about it, and I can’t wait to work with this class. I kept visualizing them completing the activities as I read over the lesson ideas and began incorporating them into the UbD framework.
Teaching Shakespeare can be daunting, but it can be so much fun. Kudos and thanks to everyone who so willingly shares his or her ideas online for the rest of us. What I wouldn’t have given for the large community of English teachers on the Internet now when I was a new teacher! Now I’m off to share this resource with even more teachers who otherwise might not read my blog or see it at the English Companion Ning. If you’re not already there, consider yourself invited.
Photo Credits: North Carolina Shakespeare Festival production of Taming of the Shrew
Actor(s):Monica Bell and Dan Murray