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National Shakespeare Competition

Curriculum Standards

The Competition satisfies nationally adopted standards in English Language Arts and THEATER Education.

According to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, by the end of Grade 12 students are expected to:

  • proficiently read and comprehend increasingly complex texts (including dramas and poems) both in and outside the classroom;
  • develop effective speaking and listening skills;
  • acquire a use of language and vocabulary knowledge that serves them both in and beyond the classroom at the college and career levels.

Our program allows students of all levels and abilities to meet these expected goals.  In the Competition, students: 

  • Engage in an interactive, performance-based study of literature.
  • Participate in the close reading of Shakespeare's text through intellectual, physical and vocal engagement.
  • Develop essential skills (such as critical thinking and close reading) needed for the classroom and beyond.
  • Increase their self-confidence (especially with public-speaking)
  • Discover and explore the beauty and complexity of Shakespeare's poetic language and classic themes.
  • Learn to express Shakespeare's words with understanding, feeling and clarity.

Learn more about how the Competition meets curriculum standards in classrooms nationwide: