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Team Teaching Shakespeare

Synopsis
Educational television. English KS3 students work together in an introductory lesson on analysing Shakespeare. English teacher, Karen McWilliam, and lead teacher in English Carol Weale, joined their Year 9 classes together to provide fresh ideas about teaching Shakespeare. Building on the classes’ knowledge of iambic pentameter, Karen asks the students to look at two speeches by contrasting characters: Macbeth and Puck.

By looking at the rhythm of the verses and the number of syllables in each line of the verses, the students build up an understanding of the emotional state of each character, without looking at the language. Karen leads the lesson with Carol’s supporting her, assisting with discipline and adding an extra dimension to the teaching.

Although team-teaching has potential risks, their similar teaching styles help ensure the lessons run smoothly.
Series
Great Secondary Lesson Ideas
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2011
Year of production
2011
Notes
The programme schedule is designed to fit into teachers’ working days, broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week on digital satellite and cable, and overnight on digital terrestrial TV. Programmes are also available on the supporting website (www.teachers.tv), allowing viewers to watch or download programmes. 
Subjects
Drama; Education; Shakespeare
Keywords
drama teaching; poetry; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); teacher training; team teaching; Verse speaking

Online availability

URI
http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Secondary-English-Team-Teaching-Shakespeare-6084632/
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Production Company

Name

Teachers’ TV

Email
info@teachers.tv
Web
http://www.teachers.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7182 7430
Address
6-18 Berners Street
London
W1T 3LN
Notes
Funded by the Department for Education, Teachers’ TV was a producer and supplier of over 3,600 free videos and lesson resources to support the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field. Previously broadcast on digital television, the service became exclusively online from 31 August 2010, with programmes being available for free online viewing or download. Thge DfE terminated the contract with Teachers TV and delivery via the website ceased on 29 April 2011, with the programmes being offered to educational distributors free online delivery. Further details from the DfE website Until 29 April 2011 programmes from Teachers Television were streamed on the website and available for download to registered users (free registration). Programmes are aimed at primary and secondary school teachers in all subject areas, as well as headteachers and governors, and include observation of teaching sessions, materials for use in the classroom and discussion of issues relevant to education. Teachers TV was funded by the Department for Education but the contract ended in April 2011 and the programmes are being offered to educational distributors to deliver free at the point of use from their websites. Details of which titles are available in this way are on the DfE website http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/toolsandinitiatives/teacherstv

Distributor

Name

TES Resources

Web
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