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.