Believe it or not, Shakespeare did not intend for his plays to be read in classrooms (or online!) without any vocal or dramatic interpretation. These great works are meant to be seen and heard, and it is often much easier to understand what is happening if you can see the characters, listen to their words and watch their actions, reactions and interactions.
We are presenting you with an opportunity to interpret Shakespeare individually or in groups, depending on your circumstances and preferece. How will we do this? Behold – Sixty Second Shakespeare!
Sixty Second Shakespeare is a teaching tool that allows students to have a little fun with the text and also demonstrate their comprehension and creative expression. You are required to choose one act or one scene from the play and come up with an original script, in your own words, that captures the essence of it in 60 seconds. Once you’ve got your script, you can decide how you want to produce it. We are giving you the chance to show us your acting chops so let your imagination get to work!
Exemplar: Please click on the link below for a video submitted from a previous ELA 30-1 student who chose Act I, Scene 1 from King Lear.
Please follow these 10 steps in order to complete this assignment:
You will need to spend several hours writing, directing and producing your piece so please make sure you schedule your time accordingly.
You have TWO decisions to make for this project.
- Decide if you are working alone, with a partner, or with a group. You can use the Discussion Board under “Sixty Second Shakespeare Groups” to post if you are looking for a group or need group members. It is not mandatory to work with others but it can be a lot of fun.
- Decide if you are producing a video or an audio file. Instructions for creating each one are given below.
You may produce a video or an audio file. Please submit the assignment in one of the following formats:
Video: QuickTime (.mov), or .wmv. If you work on a Windows computer, you will likely use MovieMaker to produce your video. Please export the file from MovieMaker in a compressed format (around 340 kbps). If you work on a Mac, you will likely use iMovie. Please use the “web” export setting.
Audio: Please submit your audio file as a .wav or .mp3. Use the same process as for the Poetry Assignment #9. Please email your instructor if you have questions.
Submit Your Assignment
Please submit your completed presentation, including your original script, to the Sixty Second Shakespeare Presentations folder in the Assignments tool. Include the first and last names of all members of your group.