Book #62: Romeo and Juliet

This year, I’m teaching Shakespeare at our homeschool group with the kids ages 12-17.  It’s my third year teaching and it still hasn’t gotten boring.  There’s so much to Shakespeare, it’s far more likely I’ll get tired of directing the spring play before I get tired of talking about the plays.

The first play we studied was Romeo and Juliet.  I love this play and I’ve read it several times.  Surprisingly, this was my least favorite reading of it.  We decided that instead of spreading the play over 10-11 weeks of discussion, we’d do it in five and then spend the other five reading and discussing a history play, which we’ve never done as a class before.  Only spending five weeks on it, for less than an hour at a time, barely scratched the surface.  It was a letdown to have this amazing play be skimmed through.  It showed in the kids as well.  Few of them connected to it or even liked it.  Some of the kids went on to read and discuss it again in their book discussion group (the one I don’t mentor) and that helped.

Anyway, I’ll give it another try when my younger kids are ready for it.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars



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