Leon Garfield's Shakespeare Stories

Leon Garfield • Allusion

The Arrow is the monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (you purchase or obtain the novels yourself). It’s geared toward children ages 11–12 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

This guide contains the following features:

  • 4 Passages (one per week) for copywork/dictation
  • Notes about punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and literary devices
  • 3 Grammar or Punctuation Spotlights 
  • Literary Device: Allusion
  • Writing Activity: Announce an Allusion!
  • 9 discussion questions
  • Book Club Party Ideas
  • 52 pages
  • Publication Date: September 2021

Four of the twenty-one stories in the book are covered in this Arrow: Romeo and Juliet (pages 205–222), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (pages 253–270), Much Ado About Nothing  (pages 289–316), and Julius Caesar (pages 317–346). These stories showcase well many of the most common recurring literary devices that show up in Shakespeare’s works.

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About the book 

How to introduce children to Shakespeare, not just to the stories behind the plays but to the richness of Shakespeare’s language and the depth of his characters: That’s the challenge that Leon Garfield, no slouch as a wordsmith himself, sets out to meet in his monumental and utterly absorbing Shakespeare Stories. Here twenty-one of the Bard’s plays are refashioned into stories that are true to the wit, the humor, the wisdom, the sublime heights, the terrifying depths, and above all the poetry of their great originals. Throughout, Garfield skillfully weaves in Shakespeare’s own words, accustoming young readers to language and lines that might at first seem forbiddingly unfamiliar. Leon Garfield’s Shakespeare Stories is an essential distillation—a truly Shakespearean tribute to Shakespeare’s genius and a delight for children and parents alike.--Amazon

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This month’s book selection from the year-long Arrow program.



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