In this elective course, we study several plays and sonnets by William Shakespeare.  The focus of this class is on enriching the experience of reading Shakespeare through classroom discussions, lectures, and the viewing of performances. Students become familiar with common devices in the Bard’s plays as well as historic and social background of the works.  Language use is studied in depth.  Demonstration of the student’s understanding of Shakespeare’s work is demonstrated through compositions, class discussions, short writing assignments, tests, quizzes, and presentations.