Home
Shop  |  Calendar  |  Join  |  Buy Tickets  |  Hamnet  |  Site Rental  |  Press Room  
  
About UsWhat's OnUse the CollectionDiscover ShakespeareTeach & LearnFolger InstituteSupport Us
Teaching Resources
• Teaching Modules
Teaching Modules Archive

   Sign up for E-news!
   Printer Friendly

Bad Bard/Good Bard: Coming to Character through Preconceptions of Shakespearean Acting



Teachers' Rating:
  2 ratings


James Dromgole Linton. Taming of the Shrew. Katherine and Petruchio. Watercolor, late 19th century

 
November 2008
 
Mike Levin teaches English at Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy, Flagstaff, Arizona
 

Plays/Scenes Covered
The Taming of the Shrew; 2.1. 182-272. Lesson can be used as an introduction to any other scenes and plays.
 
What's On for Today and Why

Many students have varying preconceptions on what Shakespearean acting entails, likely a result of having seen a few to none of his plays. This lesson will look at character through “bad” and “good” Shakespearean acting in an attempt to address and overcome the difficulties and rewards when it comes to acting with heightened text.


 
What You Need

Copies (handouts and enlarged) of Taming of the Shrew 2.1.182-272

 

Have one final pair go to encapsulate as many characteristics on the “bad” list as possible; then have another pair go and attempt the “great” list.


Documents:
The Taming of the Shrew Handout #1
 
 
What To Do
  1. Have students draw up a list as a class of Shakespearean plays and movies they have seen.
  2. Ask students for descriptions on how they would characterize the acting in those plays/movies. With which characters did the students feel engaged?
  3. Conduct a choral reading of the interaction of Petruchio and Katherine from The Taming of the Shrew, 2.1 as an introduction. Have one group  read Petruchio, and one group read Katherine.
  4. Ask for two students to come to the front of the room. Either project the text via PowerPoint or have the script enlarged and mounted so the students acting can see the text while keeping their hands free. Have the students perform the scene as badly as possible (i.e., poor characterization, accents, gestures, no idea what they are saying.) Ask for two more volunteers to come up and act out the text. 
  5. After the pairs have performed, discuss the specific elements of what bad Shakespearean acting looks like. How does this affect interpretation?
  6. Divide students into groups of five. Have the groups discuss qualities of the characters and what each of them wants in the scene. Have them also list physical and vocal characteristics they intuit from the characters.
  7. Ask for another pair or volunteers. Using the same text, have the students perform the same scene as well as possible. Students should consider active listening, clear diction, eye contact, awareness of others on stage etc. When several pairs have gone, discuss the specific elements of what “great” Shakespearean acting looks like.
  • Discussion: What is character and how are characters developed? Why is it easier to act poorly? Which is more entertaining? What tools would an actor need to be a great Shakespearean actor?

 
How Did It Go?
Did the students have fun? Did they alter the ways that they read or performed based on their new understanding of the elements in “good” and “bad” acting? Do they have an appreciation for the difficulties in acting Shakespearean text? How will they come to understand character as they read through the entire play?
 


If you used this lesson, we would like to hear how it went and about any adaptations you made to suit the needs of YOUR students.

Login or register to post comments.

23 CommentsOldest | Newest

PRX.im is a free web proxy that allows you to access certain websites that have been blocked for you due to restrictions by your internet connection, work, school or government..online proxy
peter January 20, 2015 6:30 AM

If you used this lesson, we would like to hear how it went and about ...cenaless
david January 18, 2015 2:35 AM

Great info Happy Valentines day 2015 | Happy Valentines day quotes | valentines day whatsapp status
Prakash January 17, 2015 2:07 AM

Great info about Bad Bard/Good Bard: Coming to Character through Preconceptions of Shakespearean Acting. mrhomestay | brotiket
Arduan January 16, 2015 1:03 AM

Obat Kutil Kelamin Untuk Wanita Obat Kutil Kelamin Untuk Pria Cara Menyembuhkan Kutil Kelamin Cara Mengatasi Kutil Kelamin
tina January 1, 2015 10:40 PM

Obat Kencing Nanah Gejala Penyakit Sipilis Penyakit Kutil Kelamin Obat Kutil Kelamin Alami Obat Kutil Kelamin Herbal Pengobatan Kutil Kelamin Cara Mengobati Kutil Kelamin Obat Kencing Nanah Obat Gonore Obat Raja Singa Ampuh
tina January 1, 2015 10:38 PM

Obat Kutil Kelamin Untuk Pria Cara Menyembuhkan Kutil Kelamin Cara Mengatasi Kutil Kelamin Obat Kutil Kelamin Wanita Cara Mengobati Kutil Kelamin Penyebab Sipilis Cara Mengobati Sipilis Obat Kutil Kelamin Obat Wasir Ampuh Obat Wasir Herbal Obat Sipilis Tradisional Obat Sipilis Pada Pria Obat Kanker Payudara Obat Sipilis Raja Singa Obat Wasir Luar Obat Penyakit Kutil Kelamin Obat Sipilis Ciri Penyakit Sipilis Tanda - Tanda Penyakit Sipilis Obat Kutil Kelamin Pria Obat Kutil Kelamin Wanita Jual Obat Wasir atau Ambeien Pada Pria Dan Wanita
tina January 1, 2015 10:32 PM

Cara Mengobati Kutil Kelamin Wanita Cara Mengobati Kutil Di Kelamin Wanita Cara Mengobati Kutil Kelamin Wanita Paling Ampuh obat kutil kelamin wanita diapotik obat kutil kelamin wanita diapotik Cara Mengobati Kutil Kelamin Di Memek Obat Kutil Kelamin Obat Kutil Kelamin Cara Menghilangkan Penyakit Kutil Kelamin Obat Kutil Kelamin Tanpa Operasi Obat Kutil Kelamin Obat Kutil Kelamin Obat Kutil Kelamin Ampuh Obat Kutil Kelamin Tanpa Operasi Obat Kutil Kelamin Untuk Wanita Obat Kutil Kelamin Untuk Pria Cara Menyembuhkan Kutil Kelamin Cara Mengatasi Kutil Kelamin Obat Kutil Kelamin Obat Kutil Kelamin Ampuh Obat Kutil Kelamin Tanpa Operasi Cara Mengobati Kutil Kelamin
tina January 1, 2015 10:26 PM

Thanks for amazing post, is really impressive and informative post Bali Driver and Best Bali Tour
Bali December 27, 2014 11:39 PM

Cara Mengobati Kutil Kelamin Obat Kutil Kelamin Untuk Wanita Obat Kutil Kelamin Untuk Pria
warta December 15, 2014 5:01 PM


View More
  Common Core State Standards

There are no standards associated with this Lesson Plan.
 
 
How To

Note to Mozilla Firefox Users:

If the PDF documents are freezing, please try the following fix:
Go to Tools. Under Options click the Applications icon. Under Content Type, find Adobe Acrobat Document. Select Use Adobe Reader. If the option already says Use Adobe Reader, try changing the option to Use Adobe Acrobat.





Bookmark and Share   
 
     Copyright & Policies   |   Sitemap   |   Contact Us   |   About This Site
RSS   
 
  Address:
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Get directions »

Federal Tax ID #04-2103542
    Hours:
PublicReading Room
10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday8:45am to 4:45pm, Monday through Friday
12pm to 5pm, Sunday9am to noon and 1pm to 4:30pm, Saturday
    Phone:
Main: 202 544 4600
Box Office: 202 544 7077
Fax: 202 544 4623