Ivy Bound – Shakespeare, for Teens and Adults
This is the class to accentuate a student’s love for the English language. Each month we choose one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays to read and discuss in class. Students who are unfamiliar with the chosen work either read a synopsis or view a film version, before delving into the full work. We then meet to discuss literary aspects, such as:
- How characters are built
- Character conflict and resolution
- Rhythmic stanzas and their effect on human emotion
- How language from 400 years ago affects us today
All students are encouraged to purchase the same version of the play in order to make sure all students are learning from the same material. Our eight sessions typically follow this format:
Session 1: Intro to Characters, Intro to Plots.
Session 2: Act I discussion
Session 3: Act II discussion
Session 4: Historical Context – England and the play itself.
Session 5: Act III discussion
Session 6: Act IV discussion
Session 7: What would Shakespeare have done today?
Session 8: Act V discussion and wrap-up.
We offer Shakespeare every day of the week! The class is broken into 3 sections of plays, Tragedies, Histories, and Comedies. Each of these meets two times a week and covers a full play in a month. A final class, meeting once a week, reviews sonnets and invokes other authors from Shakespeare’s time. In this Saturday class, we discuss the very provocative question, “Who was the real Shakespeare?” The candidates include two Elizabethan lords, a common performer of plays, and an Anglo-Italian woman.
Students sign up for one (or more) of three classes:
Tragedies: Sundays and Wednesdays
Histories: Mondays and Thursdays
Comedies: Tuesdays and Fridays
Sonnets & Other Authors: Saturdays
Students wanting a “Shakespeare Summer” can have 75 minutes a day (a full 8 hours a week) with this historical great!
Ivy Bound’s Group Leaders / Coaches
Ivy Bound’s leaders are skilled teachers. Our coaches who are especially passionate about leading Shakespeare groups are the ones selected for our Shakespeare classes. Join them for enrichment in the coming months!
Form Your Own Class with Shakespeare
The form your own class is ideal for three groups:
- A regular adult book club
- A group of college students
- High schoolers whose English teacher is starting to review Shakespeare.
The form your own option lets you set the times of meetings and lets you choose the play. For the high school group, meetings can occur during weeks when Shakespeare is on the school agenda. Our Ivy Bound coach can also offer assistance to the group with any school assignment based on the reading.
Ivy Bound Private Tutoring
Private tutoring is Ivy Bound’s most requested service. Students everywhere love private tutoring because it offers four benefits to your learning:
1) a tutor can meet you on a flexible schedule
2) session length is also flexible, 1-3 hours is standard, but we work with your needs
3) a tutor can tailor the work to your abilities and interests
4) a tutor can pace the learning at the pace YOU want.
In addition to the confidentiality, private tutoring allows the student to learn in her or his own style. The tutor is there to lead the student along a unique path to academic greatness. Try one of our private tutors today and see results in the classroom and on exams!
Ivy Bound Classes
Do you work better with having a class agenda? Would you prefer a set time every week for an additional class? Then try out an Ivy Bound class! Our classes meet on different schedules, but choosing one that works for you is very simple. Classes meet with a teacher and complete a full agenda to help you with whatever subject you need.
Our classes are advantageous for three types of students:
1) those who want a lower price for great academic results
2) one who is more comfortable with dynamic group work
3) those who like a “classroom” setting.
Our online classes are conducted formally with strict starting times and break times. The structure keeps our staff and students consistent. Is your student shy when asking questions in the classroom? Fear no more! The online classroom experience allows for questions to be asked anonymously, so there is no pressure if a student is having a difficult time learning a specific topic. In the online classroom setting, all students have the ability to be active and learn effectively.
Ivy Bound Groups
Can’t make our class times? Do you learn better with a group dynamic? Then try out one of our group sessions! Groups meet every week at a designated time. Pay a monthly fee to drop in for any of our group meeting times and receive help from an Ivy Bound tutor! Our groups span four consistent dates each month. Students are able to attend for 90 minutes on each group date.
Can’t make a predetermined group meeting time? Then start your own group! Ivy Bound allows students to form their own group and choose what time they would like to meet. Simply tell us how many students you have, when you would like to meet, and Ivy Bound takes care of the rest.
Let Ivy Bound tutors help assist you in achieving academic success!