If you homeschool (or plan to homeschool), the high school years may seem like what you would imagine nightmares to be made of.
What with Algebra (or dare I say, Calculus), Chemistry, and Shakespeare being added to the lineup, many parents fear these years the most.
Well, what if I told you that you didn’t have to be afraid? That one of these subjects is now easier to learn (and teach) than ever?
Enter WordPlay Shakespeare!
A revolutionary new eBook series that presents Shakespeare’s plays as they were meant to be experienced.
Each of his plays were meant to be seen, be experienced, but seeing and reading the text is also an important part of understanding the true meaning.
With WordPlay Shakespeare, your child gets the chance to experience both!
I was recently contacted to review one of their eBooks and I have to say that I could not be more impressed.
Throughout my high school years, I loved reading Shakespeare’s plays. (I was probably the minority in that as most of my classmates dreaded the days on which new Shakespeare plays were introduced.)
So, when I was initially contacted to review, I was a little skeptical. A Midsummer Night’s Dream has always been my favorite and I was a little worried that this would turn out to be one of those cheesy film versions that my high school English teacher made us watch.
I could not have been more wrong! With WordPlay Shakespeare, both the text and an acted version are on the same page.
As you can see from the screenshot above, the text of the play is on the left side of the screen. The beauty of WordPlay Shakespeare is the on the opposite side of the screen, the play is presented as it should be. Acted out!
As you flip through the play, each page has a short video that plays only the text currently on the screen.
This not only allows your child (aka student) to read the play but to see it as well. Let’s face it, old English is difficult to understand at best and, although the actors are reciting the play as it is written, you and your child have the chance to witness their actions, observe their body language and pair the words with the story behind them!
After viewing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in this format, I’m happy to say that it is still my favorite and that there really is nothing cheesy about these eBooks. The actors all know their parts very well and they make it so engaging that you’ll enjoy the play even if you’re not a Shakespeare fan.
Want to learn more about these innovative new eBooks? Of course you do! Well there are versions for both the iPad and the Mac and current titles, including Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream can be found in the iTunes store.
Prefer Romeo and Juliet? You won’t have to wait long! It will be available for purchase through iTunes on July 1, 2014!
So, now that you know just how amazing these eBooks are and how easy they can make learning Shakespeare, you want to try one out for yourself right? Well, one of my lucky readers is going to get that chance!!
The New Book Press, the makers of WordPlay Shakespeare has graciously offered to give one of you one of their amazing eBooks! Currently you can choose between Macbeth or A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (More titles are coming soon!)
So go ahead, grab your entries! You won’t be sorry!