Delphi Classics just sent out a special offer: free e-book downloads of all of Shakespeare’s work, with bonus features and extra content.
The e-books appear to be drawn from their earlier Shakespeare compilation, which you can also buy at a discount, along with several other Renaissance titles. Link here.
Of course, you can get free Shakespeare from a variety of places. Still, it’s always nice to get them nicely formatted. And Shakespeare, even 400 years later, can still be a lot of fun. We’re doing it at school this term, and the kids have been eating it up.
In our first lesson in my classroom, we used a short video from the excellent Brain Pop series to introduce them to the Bard (above image from video), shared some Shakespeare trivia with them, then played a game using a Shakespeare Insult Generator to introduce them to Shakespearian language.
We had our second lesson this past Tuesday and used this excellent BBC website to get them practicing the language right away. We explained what a soliloquy was, then picked two to focus on. The site has both the text and a video; my students enjoyed watching the video and then giving the speech a try themselves. We asked them to focus on the emotion—even if they did not understand every word, they still understood that Titania was angry and Romeo was sad. It was fun seeing these hip, modern kids try their hands at Romeo and Juliet.
We are planning to do some work on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for the reminder our of lessons. Since the kid’s book we have lacks the whole script (it is an adaptation), I will probably download the real book just for reference. So, thanks for the freebie, Delphi Classics.