English 218: Shakespeare His Plays & Theatre

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1ENGLISH 218: Shakespeare - His Plays & Theatre

Fall 2006 - MW 1900-2150 - Room 528

The players are the abstract and brief chronicles

of their time”

(Hamlet 2. 2. 524).
Instructor: TONY DING

Office: 559A - Hours: 1700 -1850 MW

Telephone: 644-7492

E-mail: tony.ding@gcccd.edu

REQUIRED TEXTS: Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night

Shakespeare, William. Henry IV part 1.

Shakespeare, William. Othello

Shakespeare, William. Macbeth.

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet


Completion of English 101 or assessment for English 110, English 122, or English120


A study of selected Shakespeare plays .


Although it is not necessary that students have had a previous literature, course, they must have good reading skills, open minds, a love of language, and a strong work ethic.


Attendance at two plays performed at the Old Globe. Short tests – identification, one sentence, and paragraphs to precede the showing of the videos. Contract grading, which means that students choose what grade they want and complete the appropriate assignments necessary to earn that grade. For an “A,” Four take home essay assignments; two in class essays, and a “hot seat” presentation. For a “B,” 3 take home essays, two in class essays, and a “hot seat” presentation. For a “C,” one take home essay, two in class essays, and a “hot seat” presentation. Each writing assignment will be worth 100 points, and the tests and “hot seat” will be worth a total of 100 points. All essays must be of acceptable college standard. Total points = 700

Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) early in the semester so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact DSP&S in person in room 110 or by phone at 619-644-7112 (voice) or 619-644-7119 (TTY for deaf).

Course Calendar
*** Information in this calendar may be subject to change.
8/21 Introductions, Syllabus, Quizzes, film, and Assignments

8/28 Shakespeare’s Language and the sonnets

9/1 Last day to drop without a “W” appearing on your record.

9/4 Labor Day

9/11 Characteristics of Shakespearean comedy

9/18 Quiz A Midsummer Night’s Dream

9/21 Mandatory attendance at the Old Globe for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

9/25 In class essay on A Midsummer Night’s Dream

9/28 Mandatory attendance at the Old Globe for Othello

10/2 In class essay on Othello

10/9 Video Twelfth Night

10/16 Discuss Twelfth Night

10/23 Video Henry IV.

10/30 Discuss Henry IV

11/6 Video Macbeth

11/9 Last day to drop with a “W” appearing on your record.

11/10 Veterans’ Day

11/13 Discuss Macbeth

11/20 Video Hamlet

11/23, 24, 25 Thanksgiving Holiday

11/27 Discuss Hamlet

12/4 Final film

12/12 Final Exam 8 - 10
When writing the take home essay assignments, students should demonstrate the ability to write clear, coherent paragraphs controlled by topic sentences, developed with adequate supporting material, and closed with appropriate conclusions. Furthermore, the paragraphs should include a variety of sentence patterns substantially free of major spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage errors, IE., errors which interfere with communication.

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