What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shakespeare in Bits: Julius Caesar is a comprehensive guide that lets kids read the play, watch an animated version alongside text, view scene summaries and analyses, and take their own notes all in one place. Not only does this make it convenient, it helps reluctant readers and those with special needs engage deeper with the play. As with most Shakespearean plays, there are some violent scenes and some mild language issues, which means kids can see some violence, blood, and gore in the animations, but it's not over the top.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- text analysis
- historical figures
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
This version of Julius Caesar is one of the most engaging you'll find. Animations and other textual supports help readers experience the backstabbing, politics, and excitement of this tragedy firsthand.
Through features such as text highlighting, plot summaries, and character-relationship maps, one of Shakespeare's tragic plays becomes accessible to teens, including reluctant readers and those with learning difficulties.
Although subtitles and definitions help make the text more accessible, there aren't any tutorials or other instructions to help teens discover these features.
What's it about?
In SHAKESPEARE IN BITS: JULIUS CAESAR, the play isn't performed on a stage but rather through animated characters who read the text of the play line by line. As the characters speak, readers see lines of dialogue highlighted. Kids also can tap on confusing words that are highlighted to reveal a definition. The play is organized by scene, with the animation and text sitting side by side. Separate tabs contain plot summaries and analyses for each scene, as well as a place to take notes. Those looking for an overview of the play as a whole can find a general summary, themes, and character overviews to help them understand the Bard's classic work.
Is it any good?
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar becomes exceptionally engaging in SHAKESPEARE IN BITS: JULIUS CAESAR. Animated characters do more than simply speak the text; they bring to life the backstabbing, jealousy, and other themes explored in the play. The read-aloud aspect shows kids the importance of words and rhetoric, especially during the oft-quoted "Friends, Romans, countrymen" speech and the "Et tu, Brute?" uttered by Caesar during his assassination. Character maps give readers insight into the complex relationships among Cassius, Brutus, Caesar, Antony, and other major characters in the play. Detailed analyses also connect these characters' actions with the actions of their historical counterparts.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the web of troubled relationships explored in Julius Caesar. Ask your kids if they can name any parallels in real life or current entertainment where ambition or bad decisions create big problems.
Ask your kids if they think politics have changed since Julius Caesar's time. What's different? What's the same?