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North Face of Shakespeare

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ISBN-10: 0521756367

ISBN-13: 9780521756365

Edition: 2009

Authors: Stredder James

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The North Face of Shakespeare argues that successful active work arises directly from the extraordinary dramatic power of Shakespeare's writing - from its language and poetry and its use of narrative and character. The book invites teachers and drama practitioners to think of their classroom as a stage, with their students as both actors and audience. It proposes that the text can be presented as drama - whether in quite simple ways sitting at desks or in open space in the classroom or workshop, the text can be spoken and performed by every learner in the room. The aim is for students to take away an engaged and secure understanding of that text to use in their own reading and study.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 306
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.94" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface to the new edition
Using this book
The organisation and content of the eight chapters
Developing the use of drama to teach Shakespeare
The teacher's autonomy
Active teaching
Why use active methods to teach the plays?
The North Face of Shakespeare
The problem of monumentalism
The teacher repositioned: 'Shakespeare shared'
Starting active work
Drama workshops
The learner and the text at the centre
Active Shakespeare and independent learning
Back to the art of teaching - and student achievement
Practical work and drama workshops
The classroom as stage: activities in conventional teaching sessions
Safety: physical and emotional
Different needs and abilities
Workshop practices
Workshop objectives and the use of warm-ups and preparation exercises
Workshop planning: an example of a language workshop - 'Macbeth's soliloquies'
The origins of the workshop activities in the following chapters
Activities for teaching Shakespeare's plays
Group formation activities
Group formation
Getting started
Moving together
Working together
Mixing and meeting
Drama games
Using games in the Shakespeare workshop
Games testing authority
Straight-face games
Hunting, chasing and catching games
Tricking games
Victim games
Guarding games
Racing games
Mime games
Improvisation games
Drama exercises
Using drama exercises in the Shakespeare workshop
Stage fighting
Shakespeare's language
The aims of language work
Shakespeare's language gives 'the motive and the cue' for action
Discourse and rhetoric as sources of dramatic energy and action
Language ownership and familiarity through workshops
Teaching Approaches
Listen and speak
Active reading
Learn and act
Narrative in Shakespeare
Harnessing the power of narrative's theatricality
The nature of Shakespeare's narratives
Teaching Approaches
Structural approaches
Dynamic approaches
Investigative approaches
Character in Shakespeare
Changing ideas about character in drama
Characters and their speech utterances
Role differentiated from character
Character and setting
Mise en sc�ne
Teaching Approaches
Personal encounters with roles
Roles in social settings
Roles in action in the narrative
Every student 'on stage'