5/18/11

Which Shakespeare Plays Do Students Read in High School?

I surveyed the students in my upper-division college Shakespeare course to find out which plays they had read in high school.

Most had read Romeo and Juliet (70%) and Hamlet (68%); fewer than half had read Macbeth (39%) or Julius Caesar (36%). Three plays brought up the rear: Othello (31%), A Midsummer Night's Dream (24%), and—surprisingly—The Taming of the Shrew (21%).

The other thirty canonical plays were untouched or had been read by one or two students.

4 comments:

RLC said...

At Chico Senior High School I read the Shakespeare plays Macbeth and Hamlet. I enjoyed both; however, I found Macbeth to be more interesting.

Zoey Wilson said...

in highschool i read julius ceasar, a midsummer nights dream, and taming of the shrew. i found a midsummer nights dream the most enjoyable at that age, but now i find shakespeares war plays to be the best.

DW said...

I ready Romeo and Juliet when I attended Windsor High School. I also studied Romeo and Juliet when I was in middle school. However, I feel that middle school wasn't the right age to learn Shakespearean language or understand the true meaning of Shakespeare's stories.

Anonymous said...

I did Macbeth, Merchant of Venice and Antony and Cleopatra, my teachers liked to be a little different.