Forms I and II

The student will be introduced to beautiful poetry every class period. They sample the poetry with their senses and do poetry recitation. Poetry study will be focused on a specific poet over a period of time (1 each trimester, for example). Students may begin a Poetry Book, or may start a gentle introduction to the Copybook/Commonplace Book.

Forms III and IV

The student will continue in their daily enjoyment of classic poetry, adding poetic narration* to the list of interactions with the poetry. The student may transcribe beautiful writing from poetry into their Poetry Book/Copybook/Commonplace Book.

Forms V and VI

The student will continue to read poetry daily, transcribing it into their Commonplace book and writing poetic narrations. Students will memorize a minimum of three poems each year.

*Poetic narration is an activity that will most likely begin in Form IV. This technique is described as such: "a narration about a specific passage, but it must be written as a poem. When they become comfortable with this, I add another requirement - copy the style of a recent poet they have studied or are currently studying."

Poetic Narration Demystified

"Poetry is one of the means by which
we hand on the torch of the human spirit."

Monk Gibbon


Forms I and II

Students can listen in on the stories of Shakespeare during read alouds, taken from Lamb and Nesbit. There are a number of picture books and audio samplings worthy of their attention. The goal is to create an appetite!

Form III

Students will either listen to the stories of Shakespeare during read alouds or read these stories independently. Lamb and Nesbit again are the preferred editions. Oral Narration can begin. Now, they can begin to nibble on these little morsels!

Form IV

Students will begin to address the works of Shakespeare within the time period that he wrote, or the time period of the setting of specific plays. They will begin to write narrations and view plays, where appropriate. The students will also have the opportunity to begin participating in the Simply Shakespeare electives, where they will explore his plays in more depth through cross-curricular activities. Sometimes, we get the dessert before the meal - this is one of those times!

Forms V and VI

Students will study Shakespeare's plays (and sonnets) in their original language. These plays will be studied through each history cycle, depending on the setting of the individual plays. The students can expect to dig deeply into at least 6 plays and numerous sonnets in their high school years. This model of study will be followed: prereading a narrative version of the play; watching a high quality production of the play; reading the play in its entirety; memorization and recitation; literary analysis.