YMB #21 Why Shakespeare? A Conversation with Ken Ludwig
Shakespeare. Whatever feelings you have about the Bard, we can all agree that he was the most influential English writer in history. But why should I bother with Shakespearean language for my littles in Morning Time? Won’t there be plenty of time for that when they are older?
More importantly how would I introduce such a daunting mass of literature? What if I don’t know much Shakespeare myself? What if I don’t even think I like Shakespeare?
Ken Ludwig is a playwright and father who has an infectious love of Shakespeare. He began sharing his love with his children at a very young age. Recently he published How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, a book detailing this surprisingly simple way to teach the Bard’s great works to our children.
Come and enjoy as Ken tells us why and how we should teach Shakespeare, as well as how we can handle the harder concepts. Most importantly, Ken encourages us to push past our fear and enjoy Shakespeare in our Morning Times.
Links and resources from today’s show:
- How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare
- How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare website
- Ken Ludwig’s site
- Twitter @Ken_Ludwig
- A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream
- Twelfth Night
- King Lear
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Shakespeare’s Globe in London
- Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.
- Royal Shakespeare Company
- The Complete Archangel Shakespeare
- A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream: Shakespeare Graphics
How to Teach Your Children ShakespeareA Midsummer Night’s Dream with Illustrations by W. Heath RobinsonTwelfth Night (Folger Shakespeare Library)Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library)Hamlet (Signet Classic Shakespeare)King LearA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Graphics)The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare: 38 Fully-Dramatized PlaysMuch Ado About Nothing (Folger Shakespeare Library)
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