The ten week quarter is divided into five two week
periods, each focussed on one play.
To promote reading on time, the second class of
each period begins with a multiple-choice quiz
requiring identification of ten speakers of crucial lines, questions
quiz in pdf format]
Students are encouraged to view one of two performances--usually
the BBC full text video--to help them prepare for this quiz.
Discussion of quiz questions and answers frames
an overview of plot, character, theme and language, informed by
a paradigm of critical topics.
At the end of each two-week period, students write
a one page paper--between 250
and 1000 words depending on fontsize and format--on
a topic of their own choice. At the end of the quarter each student
submits a clean copy of their favorite paper for inclusion in a
class anthology, Shakespeare Boiled Down,
distributed at the final exam.
fellow students' in-class performances and discussing them with
the actors illuminates what's new, what works, what doesnt work,
To assure their attendance at each
week's out-of-class viewing of two performances, students submit
a one-page ungraded comparison/contrast of a single element in both
appended to their papers.
comparison reviews of The Winter's Tale --BBC vs. English
510 Players productions]
Each student participates in
one of five in-class scenes performed during the ten-week quarter.
scenes are videotaped
and go on reserve in the library, so the players can see themselves,
and also for comparison with the two filmed versions of complete
productions viewed and discussed during the two weeks devoted to
At the London
Program, English 339 Players perform pub
scenes from Henry IV Part I in the George Inn, Southwark, where
Shakespeare likely went after shows at the Globe.