This five-week course provides an introduction to the great themes of Shakespeare’s ever-popular play about the tragic passion of two young lovers. We will explore the remarkable transformation of Juliet from a submissive daughter to an independent young woman, the headstrong passion of Romeo that hastens his demise, the debate about how much the two tragic heroes were victims of fate, and much more.
Students will have plenty of opportunities to discuss these ideas orally and to practice applying them in writing activities, which will always be closely guided to ensure success. Students will also learn the prologue to the play, using a straightforward method that enables anyone to master poetry by heart.
This ongoing class will address the grammar, punctuation, capitalization and sentence construction concepts that can still trip up high school students, giving them a regular chance to practice them to fluency.
Every week, this ongoing class will focus on a different poem. We will enjoy listening to it, discussing it and reflecting on it. We will draw out the great ideas expressed in classic poetry and the amazing techniques used by poets. Whilst each lesson stands alone, ongoing attendance will mean that students will develop a wide-ranging knowledge and appreciation of poetry.
C. S. Lewis’ friend and fellow writer, Roger Lancelyn Green, asked him how a lamppost ended up in the middle of a wood in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. This was the starting point for ‘The Magician’s Nephew’, which gives a fascinating insight into how the travels between Narnia and our world began, and even how Narnia itself came into existence.
In this eight-week course, we will enjoy and appreciate Lewis’ exciting and inspiring storytelling skills through a mixture of class discussion and writing activities, as well as plenty of quick quizzes to help the knowledge stick and build confidence.
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A reader got in touch to ask whether I would be able to offer my online literature courses to adults. I thought that was a great idea! I’ve now added this to my website. You can find details about my first offering, on Macbeth, here: