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Photo: Twelfth Night at the Chichester Festival Theatre, with Paul Shelley as Sir Toby Belch, Patrick Stewart as Malvolio, and Michael Feast as Feste. Credit: Geraint Lewis

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Three Excerpts from How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare

Originally posted on Breaking Character

As you may know from reading his plays, Ken Ludwig is a bit of a Shakespeare fanatic. He began teaching his own children how to read and memorize passages from Shakespeare from the time they were six years old. The purpose of his book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare is to pass on the torch and create a whole new generation of Shakespeare lovers.

In total, the book presents 25 passages that Ken taught his kids over the course of several years, ordered into a specific sequence to make learning them as easy as possible. And as each passage is discussed, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to The Tempest (with a lot more plays in between), he explains the stories, the characters and the meanings of the works, giving readers the kind of knowledge of Shakespeare they’ll need to become great students, great thinkers, and great teachers.

In addition to the book’s success as a means of teaching Shakespeare to children, adults may also find it useful as a stealth method of brushing up on their own knowledge. From Shakespeare novices to experts, readers of all ages will find something wonderfully irresistible in these pages.

Samuel French is delighted give you a taste of this indispensable guide to Shakespeare in three excerpts, published weekly.

To learn more and to download extra content relating to the book, including an excerpt and audio from actors Derek Jacobi, Richard Clifford, and Frances Barber, visit HowToTeachYourChildrenShakespeare.com.

Read Excerpt 1: Orsino's Heart

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Photo: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare,directed by Michael Grandage. With Mark Bonnar as Orsino, Victoria Hamilton as Viola. Opened at The Donmar West End at Wyndham’s Theatre on 10/12/08. Credit: Geraint Lewis.

Read Excerpt 2: Cakes and Ale
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Photo: Twelfth Night at the Chichester Festival Theatre, with Paul Shelley as Sir Toby Belch, Patrick Stewart as Malvolio, and Michael Feast as Feste. Credit: Geraint Lewis.

Read Excerpt 3: Carpe Diem
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Photo: Twelfth Night at the Chichester Festival Theatre, with Paul Shelley as Sir Toby Belch, Patrick Stewart as Malvolio, and Michael Feast as Feste. Credit: Geraint Lewis.

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