Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New co-op: Shakespeare!

Our Beyond co-op (and before that a Volume 4 co-op) of Five in a Row had such a fun time together that we looked for another way to continue meeting.  We decided to continue to focus on using literature to learn as this has been such a successful method for our group.  For this semester, we are going to study one of Shakespeare's plays - The Comedy of Errors.

At the beginning of each of our sessions, the students are learning about the play and discussing the next act or two in the play.  They are also learning about various historical or cultural events that were taking place.  I'm excited about the high interest they all have in our topics!  I never had thought that Shakespeare could be so much fun and I'm enjoying it too!

 In our first session, we looked at some of the Old English sayings and phrases and pronunciations.
 The students were split into groups to look at lines from the play to figure out what was being said.  I thought that some of the phrases weren't all that hard if you were from the south and had heard some heavy accents.  ;-)
 We learned more about the setting of the play and the other locations mentioned in the story.  We watched a video about Ephesus and learned about the history of that city.  (We watched Drive Through  History.  Some of this should be previewed for younger students.)  We also talked about some of the 7 Wonders of the World.
 A lesson on iambic pentameter.  A lively and physical demonstration at that.  All of Shakespeare's plays have 5 acts and all are written in iambic pentameter.  Note from a sweet friend that taught this:  Shakespeare writes in iambic pentameter... the iamb refers to the unstressed-stressed pairs and the pentameter refers to the five meters (or in this case five pairs).
 I'm glad that my children are learning about poetry as that has never been a strong suit of mine.
 We enjoyed a hearty bowl of minestrone soup while listening and learning about DaVinci and his artwork.
We heard specifically about his drawings and how he liked to take things apart to study them so that his drawings were more accurate.
 After listening, it was time to draw.  Isn't this a fun selection of things to choose from?  Each child received a notebook, drawing pencil (to start with) and the selected an object of their choice to draw.

 Some chose electronics.
 Others chose food items.
 All were intent.
 A little cheese, fruit and crackers was nice to have while drawing too.
 Some preferred to be outdoors drawing - in groups...
 Or alone.
 They first drew the object from the outside and then cut or opened it to see and draw the inside.
 This old vhs tape was fun to draw...
 and then even more fun to play with.
 It literally hung in the air when they ran around with it.  Shimmering and shining.  It really was fun if you happen to have an old one laying around and a curious child.
 Oh, and we learned that DaVinci sometimes wrote backwards in his notebooks.  Here is more information on that.
 The students had fun trying it out.
 A mirror was helpful for decoding and reading more easily.
 Love seeing the creations of everyone.  So much talent and creativity.
It was a delightful beginning to our year and our new study!  We are eagerly looking forward to our next gathering.


1 comment:

  1. Awesome.!! I love the drawings inside and out. I was a huge Shakespeare fan when I was a teenager. I really would like to get my kids into his works.
    Blessings, Dawn


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