Literature Class!

by Brenda on June 12, 2013


Looking for a fun and lively literature class?  Sarah Aldrich will be offering an Introduction to Shakespeare literature class for the 2013-2014 academic year.


This one-credit English course, utilizing curriculum developed by Thelma English, is designed to introduce the student to the life, poetry, and plays of William Shakespeare in an interactive, fun way.  Major works will be studied to represent Comedy, History, Tragedy, and the Late Romances.  Plays include Much Ado About NothingThe Merchant of VeniceMacbethAs You Like ItAntony and CleopatraA Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Twelfth Night.  Folger Edition plays will be read for plot, character, and historical context familiarity.  The 200-page Syllabus compliments weekly readings with additional insight from magazine articles, book excerpts, outlines, and cartoons!  As with all of Thelma English’s curriculum, there is attention to utilizing a Biblical world view.


This is a dramatic, fun class!  Most of the class time is filled with dramatic readings, interspersed with commentary.


This class can be taken as a graded high school credit.  Assignments are divided based on grade level.  Younger, mature students may take the classes as an audit if preferred, rather than for a grade, if parents do not feel the student is ready for the writing assignments, but would enjoy the literature and play reading.


In addition to taking Thelma English’s classes and serving as a Teacher’s Assistant, Sarah will be bringing three years of experience teaching speech classes and Shakespearean Theater experience through three years of acting with Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits and participation this summer in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Summer Seminar.  In 2012, her biographical narrative speech on the Life of William Shakespeare won first place at the National Christian Forensics and Communication Association National Championship. You can see that speech here –


This class will be held on Tuesday afternoons at the Aldrich home in Mulino. Those participating in Fall Soccer in Molalla or Spring Baseball are welcome to bring a sack dinner to eat here after class.  In Fall and Spring, the class will meet from 2:30 – 4:30.  In Winter, to accommodate participants in the Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits program in Woodburn, class time will shift to 12:45 – 2:45.


The cost of this class is substantially discounted from most literature classes in consideration of this being Sarah’s introduction to teaching this course.  Sarah is offering this course and material with the encouragement and blessing of Mrs. English. Class fees are $20 per month (for a total of $180 for the year), with a $30 material copying fee.  Tuition will be discounted to $150 for the year for those registering and paying in full by July 15.  Siblings may share the materials and pay one material fee.  Students must purchase the required plays in the edition specified.  Reasonably priced book bundles are available at Exodus Books or you can receive a list of required books.


To register for this class, please contact Kristine Aldrich – or you may contact Sarah with questions or to receive a detailed class description.


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