In the month of December, 2013, while out doing sub teaching I found that many high school English classes were studying the works of William Shakespeare. The standard plays that have been in the curriculum guides are still being used. These plays include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One of my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays, King Lear is not in the standard list.
I have found that adjusting to Shakespeare’s language can be quite a challenge. Fortunately, there are some strategies that I have found useful in addressing this problem. I have discovered that listening to the audio book versions of the plays is quite useful. Also, watching the video versions helps in gaining an understanding of Shakespeare’s works. My favorites include Roman Polanski’s interpretation of Macbeth and Kenneth Brannagh’s version of Hamlet.
When the going gets really rough there are Shakespeare in modern language editions available on the internet.