Acting out a Shakespeare play in class is a lot of fun, and much more fun than just reading it. Please, remember: this is a play you're teaching, not an essay! It's not meant to be boring, in any way shape or form.
So, let's make it exciting! And if you think I sound too excited, or hyper, that's because I am showing you how I am with a class. As a teacher, I have to get excited. Otherwise, how can I expect my students to get excited? So, enough babble, let's go!
Use the following procedures for each scene.
1. Write out all the characters from the scene on the board. 2. Assign each character an actor, and write his or her name on the board. 3. Give a brief summary, and some background. 4. Act out the scene together at the front of the class. 5. Give some explanation throughout scene, and debrief at end of the scene.