Instructor: Christy Knockleby
5-10 students, 10+ years and older
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:15 am Pacific (C1)
Cultivate a love of Shakespeare with this blend of Shakespeare and Minecraft!
Students will be expected to:
- Participate in dramatic readings in class.
- Develop Minecraft NPCs based on Shakespeare’s characters, that both quote Shakespeare and paraphrase the Shakespearean text in modern English.
- Practice writing their own passages in a pseudo-Shakespearean style using images and allusions both from their own life and Minecraft.
- Gain an appreciation for Shakespeare’s wit and poetics.
- Memorize short passages from Shakespeare.
We will be discussing the following plays.
Weeks 1 – 3: Midsummer’s Night Dream
Weeks 4 – 6: Much Ado About Nothing
Weeks 7 – 8: The Tempest
Weeks 9 – 10: Merchant of Venice
Weeks 11 – 12: Richard III
Weeks 13 – 15: Romeo and Juliet
All students will require:
a headset with microphone. Students will be required to participate in dramatic readings.
Minecraft for PC/MAC
Betonquest Editor for Minecraft
Optional Additional Resources:
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher. This rewriting of Star Wars in mock imitation of Shakespeare is a great introduction to the seriousness with which this class will approach Shakespeare. I will probably share a few excerpts of this book in class but students may enjoy reading the whole thing.
Brick Shakespeare by John McCann. This set contains excerpts of Shakespeare’s plays illustrated with lego pictures.
The following are my favorite movie versions of the plays we will be discussing. However, as you can see they contain varying levels of nudity and sexual content. They are not required viewing. When we start on discussing a new play I will summarize the plot of the play, and we will read through selected passages. I may show clips of the following in class, but clips shown in class would not contain nudity.
Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
(PG-13 for momentary sensuality)
The Tempest. (2010) Directed by Julie Taymor.
(PG-13 for some nudity, suggestive content and scary images)
Merchant of Venice (2004) Directed by Michael Radford
(Rated R for some nudity. There are topless prostitutes in the background.)
Mid Summer’s Night Dream (1999) Directed by Michael Hoffman
(PG-13 for some sexual content. Lots of nudity)
Romeo and Juliet (1968) Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Note: Shakespeare’s plays do cover mature topics. While the passages chosen for detailed discussions avoid most of Shakespeare’s dirty-jokes, we may briefly infidelity in the context of discussing Much Ado About Nothing and Mid Summer’s Night Dream. The Tempest includes brief mention of sexual violence.