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    Good evening, Schole’ Families.
    Today in our Fine Arts/ Shakespeare class, we covered a lot of ground. Our Bible verse was Eph 6:1 from the KJV. We are utilizing the KJV, as it is in line with the language style of the Elizabethan period, into which we are delving. We completed a casual exercise, ‘Who was William ( Will/Bill ) Shakespeare?’ The students wrote the answers they all had contributed, on a piece of paper, sharing their own artistic expression. That exercise should be in their folder ( which they are welcome to decorate any way they like). We practiced a vocal, warmup exercise taken from Hamlet, Act 3: Sc 2.We also used it later in the class, when we adjourned to the main deck, which will also serve as our ‘Theatre’. Ask your student if they can recite it for you. I was impressed at how quickly they picked it up and were able to repeat it on cue. We even used it in an ‘acting game, where the students would perform a physical activity/action, which I would randomly call out, and they would incorporate the action with the vocal piece. We laughed, a lot. The students were introduced to the rhythm of iambic pentameter, which is utilized when reciting a Sonnet. The pattern is da Dum x5. You may ask them about that, as well, and see if they can relay the pattern. We read throughSonnet 18, utilizing the i.p. Their assignment is to read through the Sonnet 2-3 times this week. They also were sent home with a Shakespeare word search, for fun and review. Thank you for the blessing of sharing the Art and History of W. Shakespeare and performance with your bright and talented children. God is the Master Teacher and He is guiding our course, because I am not too proud to tell you, the only classes I have taught are swim lessons.
    Blessings to all.
    Annie Graves


    Good evening Scholé, Fine Arts/ Shakespeare parents! Today, in class, our verse was Proverbs 22:6. We continued our investigation and discovery of ‘facts about Shakespeare’ and some terminology. was excited to learn that many of the students have done their own research &/or additional reading of Shakespeare and his works. We again worked on Sonnet 18. We read it using the iambic pentameter. I gave the students a handout which included Sonnet 18 and a contemporary interpretation. As we progress to learning lines from Shakespeare’s plays, it will be necessary for the students to understand what they are saying, when they are performing the works. We adjourned to the main deck (our theatre), to play an acting game. We played telephone operator, which made us laugh, a lot. The theatre games are a tool to introduce the students to working as a troupe/ a team, listening and reacting to one another, which will be invaluable when they start doing scenes together. I ask that they continue to read and comprehend Sonnet 18 this week. Thank you for allowing me to share a bit of history and art with your littles! They are amazing!!
    I wish for you all, a good night!
    Annie Graves


    Greetings Shakespeare Student Parents. We started our class making our Shakespeare class booklets using parchment paper and burlap string. Each student received their own ‘modern’ quill pen, as well. We read the story of ‘As You Like It’, in prose. It is a complicated story, as are all of Will’s plays, with a lot of twists and turns. We would stop and discuss along the way and I was impressed with how well the students followed the story. Sure, they had questions, but ultimately, they comprehended the theme and outcome of the play.( story). We played a theatre game, called Zip, Zap, Zop, which required the students to connect and react to one another. Again, we laughed a lot. Please have your students read through Sonnet XVIII this week. Thank you so much for sharing your bright and beautiful children. Blessings to all of you.
    Annie Grave


    Good afternoon Shakespeare parents.
    Today’s verse was I John 4:8 ; God is Love! We introduced ‘stage direction’ to our class today. We learned about the stage design in Shakespeare’s day and that the directions are the same in modern day theatre. I will send a diagram for review, in case your student is interested. We will be performing Sonnet 18 for Symposium. They will be reciting it as a troupe. If your student wishes to memorize the Sonnet, they may, but not required. We rehearsed today and they did a wonderful job of using the iambic pentameter while reciting. Please encourage them to go over the Sonnet, at least 2 times, this week. We played a game to test their ability to keep a straight face in the midst of something funny. Sir Lawrence Olivier was challenged in this area. He was known to giggle during rehearsals, probably a nervous reaction. We tried not to, but we ended up laughing a lot. We will continue to work on that. ( smile). Thank you for sharing your blessings and let me know if you have any questions.

    Blessings to all,
    Annie Graves


    Greetings parents of Shakespeare students!
    Today was a day if learning new terms, reviewing facts, creating practical application and rehearsing for Symposium. Our verse for contemplation and reflection was Matthew 6:15, which reinforced one of the sentiments in The Lord’ Prayer; simply that, we must forgive, if we want to be forgiven. I will include the link to the short video we watched, which encompassed many facts we had previously learned, however the video tied it all together from Shakespeare’s beginning to his death. The class will present Sonnet 18 as a group for Symposium. If your student has time to read through it, aloud 2-3 x this week, that will be most advantageous. Memorization is not required, however welcomed. Familiarization is most appreciated. Thank you for the time I am able to spend with your bright and beautiful children.
    Annie Graves


    Greetings Parents!
    Our contemplation verse today, was Proverbs 10:12 KJV and it opened a dialogue about grammar and language. LeeAnn asked about the colon and Abby asked about the word covereth. It’s always nice when one class ties into another. We also touched on feudalism which deals with the class system. We talked about the Amphitheater, which was the theatre of the period. We learned that the flag that would be placed in view of the public, was placed to them whether the play to be performed would be Comedy, Tragedy or History . Ask your students if they remember which color goes with which style play. It’s wonderful when the students share their interest in Shakespeare’s works, outside the classroom. Isaac recited some of Juliet’s lines from R&J. He promised to recite Romeo’s lines next week. We adjourned to the theatre, where we reclined on pillows to watch a short video; a synopsis of As You Like It. We played a game called One Word Ball Toss. It was silly. I think we could do better, but it was fine for a first time. We returned to the classroom and recited our warmup verse with vampire fangs. Now that was silly!!! I asked the students to please not put their fangs in during choir (smile). All in all, it was a good class. Thank you for the gift of your littles.
    Annie Graves

    Speech: “All the world’s a stage”

    (from As You Like It, spoken by Jaques)

    All the world’s a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players;
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts,
    His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
    Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
    And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
    And shining morning face, creeping like snail
    Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
    Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
    Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
    Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
    Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
    Seeking the bubble reputation
    Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
    In fair round belly with good capon lin’d,
    With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
    Full of wise saws and modern instances;
    And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
    Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
    With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
    His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide
    For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
    Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
    And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness and mere oblivion;

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    Greetings Shakespeare Student Parents!
    Our verse for contemplation today was II Thessalonians 3:16. ‘This block is dedicated to the play, ‘As You Like It’, and today we read the entire speech/ monologue entitled All the world’s a stage. This speech is from Act I ScVII and is merely a monologue, spoken by the character, Jaques, but has become renowned, in it’s own right. We listened to 3 different deliveries, to compare and contrast the ease of understanding the text. This speech is written in prose and so the delivery should honor the punctuation. We then adjourned to the Theatre/ main deck to play a game of ‘Concentration, where the recipient of a delivered line is required to maintain a straight face ( no smile, no laughing), or they are out, until the next round. They did a great job, as I consider this an advanced, however necessary, acting technique. I will send the link to the more animated of the ATWAS deliveries. You may allow your student to view it, if you like. Please have them read through it a few times, as their assignment, in preparation for presentation, later in the block. Have a happy and safe Veteran’s Dsy.
    Thank you and Blessings to all.
    Annie Graves


    Good evening Parents!
    Today, in our Shakespeare class, we began by writing a verse in our parchment booklets; Psalm 118:4. We had a wonderful and relaxed class, after s Blessed Turkey Feast. Each student was given a stanza, chosen for them, from the speech “All the world’s a stage”. We adjourned to the ‘Theatre’, to relax and reflect on our individual lines and ask questions, if they had any. We read through the speech, with each student reciting their lines. In preparation for our next symposium, their assignment is to memorize, if possible, their lines and to add emotion or animation to their delivery, as they feel appropriate. The students also need to review the stanza, especially the last 3-4 words, prior to theirs, as this is their cue. They should have their lines in their backpacks. If your student has lost or misplaced the speech and/or their specific lines, please let me know and I will send it to you. Thank you, as always, for sharing your bright and talented students.
    May you all have a Blessed, relaxing and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.
    Annie Graves


    Good evening Shakespeare student parents.
    In class today, we copied the verse Matthew 5:9 KJV, which references Peacemaking. We should all strive to be makers of peace. We worked on our presentation for the upcoming symposium. I have asked the students to work on making their stanza, their own. Some suggestions for this is by using a small prop, a clothing piece, a voice, a posture, or any combination there of . We will rehearse and set our presentation, next week. They are all doing a fabulous job. That is our main focus right now. Thank you, for your beautiful students.
    Annie Graves

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