Todd Espeland has the experience to know that having more tools in your toolbox makes you a better actor. This is especially important when teaching students how to approach Shakespeare. They need help breaking through the language barrier and into the character’s needs and into the character’s thoughts.

The tools that you’ll receive in this course will do just that. The course looks at scansion as a tool for breaking down Shakespeare’s verse, the importance of end of lines, and caesura. Caesura is an inner-line pause which is a lot of fun to play with and really, helps us provide insight to the character’s thoughts and into their needs.

The course provides numerous examples and handouts, and culminates in a performance assignment to use with your students.

Course Summary

Standards Addressed

9 Modules
3 hours, 3 minutes
6 Credit Hours

shakespeare

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction 7:20
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Lesson 2: Warm-Up 9:02
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Lesson 3: Scansion 41:47
Lesson 4: Scansion with a Sonnet 31:17
Lesson 5: Ends of Lines 21:15
Lesson 6: Ends of Lines with the Sonnet 10:58
Lesson 7: Caesura 31:02
Lesson 8: Performing Everything 11:58
Lesson 9: Non-Shakespeare Work and Recap 18:31

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Standards Addressed

Alberta, Canada


Theatre Studies Drama 10 (Greek, Medieval or Elizabethan, and Canadian)

1 - recognize theatre has evolved as a traditional art form

2 - recognize innovations in the theatre

Theatre Studies Drama 30 (Early or Middle or Late drama)

4 - recognize dramatic structure of a play

British Columbia, Canada


California VAPA Standards (2001)


California VAPA Standards (2019)


6.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

6.TH:Cn11.2.b - Investigate the time period and place of a drama/theatre work to better understand performance and design choices.

Prof.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

Prof.TH:Pr6 - Perform a rehearsed, scripted short drama/theatre work for a specific audience.

8.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

8.TH:Pr6 - Perform a rehearsed, scripted scene from a drama/theatre work for an audience.

7.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

67TH:Pr6 - Create through improvisation a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.

Common Core


Florida Sunshine State Standards


Georgia Performance Standards 2010 - Theatre Arts


Grade 9-12 - ADVANCED DRAMA IV

TAHSADIV.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Examines various theories of dramatic structure from Aristotle to present
b. Uses standards of literary dramatic analysis to study theatrical production
c. Constructs arguments that relate the theme/s of a theatre production to the enhancement of the human experience

TAHSADIV.6 - Researching cultural and historical information to support artistic choices
a. Explores the relationship between research and theatrical production
b. Engages in meaningful cultural and historical research to support formal or informal theatrical performance
c. Develops and executes a presentation or lobby display that summarizes the impact of cultural and historical research on a theatrical production

TAHSADIV.8 - Examining the roles of theatre as a reflection of past and present civilizations
a. Explores the historical impact of theatre on the political process
b. Examines the impact of theatre on the quality of life in society
c. Investigates and defends the role of theatre as an influence on culture and values

TAHSADIV.11 - Engaging actively and appropriately as an audience member in theatre or other media experiences
a. Examines the historical relationship between actor, script, and audience as basic elements of the theatrical experience
b. Explains and demonstrates proper decorum as an audience member
c. Explores and analyzes the chemistry between actor and audience

Grade 9-12 - ACTING III

TAHSAIII.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Engages in script analysis and study as a means of actor preparation
b. Utilizes evidence provided by the script to support decisions in characterization
c. Uses script analysis in the development of presentation of formal and informal theatre performances

TAHSAIII.6 - Researching cultural and historical information to support artistic choices
a. Explores the use of cultural and historical information in character development
b. Examines research methods used by professional actors and actresses
c. Implements meaningful research efforts in developing formal and informal theatre performances

TAHSAIII.8 - Examining the roles of theatre as a reflection of past and present civilizations
a. Examines theatrical performance conventions from a variety of historical periods
b. Explores cultural influences on acting, theatre, and human interaction
c. Applies appropriate historic and cultural data during the performance of a character in formal and informal theatrical pieces
d. Researches and applies the knowledge of historical movement and acting technique to character development
e. Assesses the application of historic and contemporary acting theories to a variety of classical and contemporary theatre literature

TAHSAIII.11 - Engaging actively and appropriately as an audience member in theatre or other media experiences.
a. Examines the relationship between actor and audience in history
b. Explores the impact of various acting styles (e.g., historical and contemporary) on the actor/audience relationship
c. Analyzes and discusses the "chemistry" between actors and audience

Grade 9-12 - FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE II

TAHSFTII.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Critiques and analyzes elements of theatrical conventions
b. Generates and uses terminology and outline for critiquing theatre presentation
c. Cites evidence of how theatre reflects life through universal themes
d. Interprets text and subtext
e. Illustrates the process of script analysis in a variety of scripts

TAHSFTII.6 - Researching cultural and historical information to support artistic choices
a. Defines the role of the dramaturge
b. Applies the skills of the dramaturge to various scenes
c. Interprets cultural and historical data for use in production
d. Communicates data to theatrical personnel
e. Distinguishes between important and unimportant data for use in performance
f. Evaluates artistic choices of the production team based on data.

TAHSFTII.8 - Examining the roles of theatre as a reflection of past and present civilizations
a. Analyzes plays and dramas that are representative of various historical periods
b. Identifies and analyzes plays and dramas that are culturally diverse
c. Recognizes historical events that have influenced the role of theatre
d. Recognizes theatrical events that have impacted cultural development
e. Analyzes and explains theatre conventions and traditions for different cultures and time periods
f. Analyzes and explains how universal themes in theatre transcend time and space
g. Explores the works of milestone playwrights
h. Analyzes milestone plays for dramatic elements that contribute to their lasting influence
i. Predicts which contemporary plays may endure

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts


National Core Arts Standards


TH:Cn11.2: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade 6

TH:Cn11.2.6.b - Investigate the time period and place of a drama/theatre work to better understand performance and design choices.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Cr3.1.HSIII.b - Synthesize ideas from research, script analysis, and context to create a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 7

TH:Cr3.1.7.a - Demonstrate focus and concentration in the rehearsal process to analyze and refine choices in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr4.1: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr4.1.6.a - Identify the essential events in a story or script that make up the dramatic structure in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - High School Proficient

TH:Cr1.1.HSI.c - Use script analysis to generate ideas about a character that is believable and authentic in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr6.1.HSI.a - Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 8

TH:Pr6.1.8.a - Perform a rehearsed drama/theatre work for an audience.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 7

TH:Pr6.1.7.a - Participate in rehearsals for a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts


HS 117.316 LII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.D - analyze dramatic structure and genre.

HS 117.316 LII - Historical and cultural relevance

C.4.A - analyze historical and cultural influences on theatre.

HS 117.317 LIII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.D - analyze and evaluate dramatic structure and genre.