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Description - Beginning Shakespeare: 4-11 by Joe Winston

Shakespeare's plays are widely regarded as the greatest inheritance in English literature, and recent years have seen a growing interest in introducing them to children in their primary schools. This accessible and practical textbook shows training and practising teachers how to introduce Shakespeare to a primary aged audience. Children who encounter Shakespeare early have the opportunity to become comfortable with the plays, their stories, characters and settings, well before they get intimidated by their associations with exclusivity and 'high' culture. They also encounter his rich, sensual and complex language at a stage when they are constantly encountering new vocabulary; this extraordinary language can be absorbed with everything else. To do this most effectively demands a pedagogy that is active and dynamic, and which recognises that the plays are best explored and understood in performance. Beginning Drama 4-11 offers a sound rationale for teaching Shakespeare in primary schools and shows how to engage children with Shakespeare through story, through the very best of early years practice, and through his rich and sensual language.
It also illustrates how engagement with the plays and their language can have a dramatic impact on children's literacy and writing skills. And because plays are for performing, there is helpful and practical advice on developing the work to share it with the whole school, parents and the wider community. Joe Winston and Miles Tandy are two of the most respected practitioners and writers on primary drama working today. Their earlier collaboration, Beginning Drama 4-11, is well-known as one of the most accessible, practical and comprehensive guides to primary drama available. In this book, they bring that same blend of clear thinking, playful and inventive practice, and straightforward practical advice to bear on teaching Shakespeare in the primary school.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415618489
ISBN-10: 0415618487
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 159mm x mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 31-May-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Joe Winston

Joe Winston is Professor of Drama and Theatre education at University of Warwick and has served as editor of Research in Drama Education since 2005. Miles Tandy is Adviser with Warwickshire Educational Development Service (EDS).

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