York Community High School


Grade 12 / 1 Semester – 1.0 credit

Prerequisite:  Students must have earned credit for English 11 or Advanced Placement Language and Composition


York seniors typically will have read three works by Shakespeare, currently English 9’s Romeo and Juliet, English 10’s Taming of the Shrew, and English 11's Macbeth. Students have had little if any exposure to one of the bard’s great many comedies, histories, or romances. Likewise, seniors probably have not yet encountered any of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets or one of the “mature” tragedies like Hamlet or Othello. This course provides students the opportunity to inquire—through script, film, and performance—into the literature of the reputed greatest writer in the English language.  This class builds on the literacy skills established in required core English classes as well as encouraging students to extend their cultural analysis’ skills to the Elizabethan worldview of Shakespeare, and to contrast it with their own developing understanding of human experience.


Shakespeare Teachers

Bendelow, Andrew (630) 617-2400 ex.7113 English Teacher abendelow@elmhurst205.org