A Shakespeare Summer Club: Project Based Learning


I mentioned in my last post that the children will be doing some Shakespeare based PBL.  PBL works very well in our household, not maybe as our main way to home school, but definitely as an important extra.  I thought I would give a bit more detail as to what I will be expecting over the next term.

Mixed Media Project

The children will be creating a  mixed media play of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This could be a disaster as it is something I have cooked up in this hair brained head of mine.  Basically the play has five Acts and we will be acting out the whole play using a different media for each act.  For example, one act will be traditional; another might be put to music or rapped; another might be a readers theater.  The children will be able to choose five different methods from a variety I have come up with (see below) or use ideas of their own.  These will be combined using narration or some other linking method until the five acts are seamlessly put together to create one play of mixed media.  They will organise the whole thing themselves from the writing of scripts, to the sets and costumes, to the final performance.  They will have zero budget and will have to raise the funds themselves.  Oh, and they only have four weeks.

Mixed Media Choices

These are the choices from which the children must choose five, one for each act of Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  • Traditional play form
  • Mime
  • Rap
  • In modern day Rhyme
  • Make an audio of the act with sound effects and music to create mood
  • Futuristic performance with new linked names so we still know who each person is but set in future Puckoid….etc
  • Rewrite act for readers theater for audience participation
  • Rewrite as readers theater for themselves to do
  • Do one set to music ie west side story or glee style using modern songs which are fairly/ loosely appropriate for the story line
  • Video of a modern day take on the scene
  • Rewriting one of the acts as a diary entry
  • Improvisation activity – choose one of the ones you will use over next five weeks
  • Text/ face book status it
  • unrehearsed ad lib – act without script but with prompts – must know act back to front to pull this off
  • Puppet theater

Lorna, B13 and K12 will be coming by every afternoon in order to put a couple of hours into their project.  This means there will be five children and five acts, enough for one child to take full charge and responsibility for one act each.  We definitely have more leaders than followers between us and I am hoping being in charge of one act each will give each child the opportunity to finely tune both their leading and their following skills!


  1. Hellooooo! Just popping in to say I am here and surviving the weather in Scotland and I am sorry I am scarce 🙂 Hope you are well Claire?


    1. Hi Liezel! How are you doing? I was thinking about you this weekend as my mum was in Scotland for the weekend for a wedding and she said it was freezing! How are you settling? Does it feel like home yet?

      I see you have a new blog! I can’t keep up!!
      Don’t be a stranger any more 😀

      1. Hello you! Aaah man… you know me. I struggle to keep going with blogs. My little business is so busy and I tend to focus so much ‘social media time’ on Facebook and Instagram so I can grow it more. Yes – loving it here. Freezing is how I would describe it as well! Gosh… our summer is broken. It keeps leaking 😉

      2. I’m so glad your business is going well. Your items are beautiful and you present them in a very special way. You deserve your success!

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