Ok, for this game you are stranded on a desert island with a young child, and it is now your job to provide an education for this child. For maximum points you must meaningfully introduce as many subjects as you can to your student.
Here’s the catch – the only book you have to teach with is a First Folio. You are allowed to supplement with visual aids, but only to the extent that you could create them with whatever rudimentary means might be at your disposal, such as scratching in the sand with a stick. Nothing too complicated.
Easy example : You can teach poetry, by showing multiple examples of meter and rhyme scheme.
Harder example : Geography. You could do a pretty good job of plotting where Prospero’s island is, simply by looking at the description of the ship’s return from Claribel’s wedding in Tunisia. (This is where I see no way around having to draw out a globe and start pointing to various places.) There’s actually an island that claims to have been Shakespeare’s inspiration, based entirely on this method (given that there’s no way Shakespeare could have ever been there).
What else can you come up with? How about math? Other than the dividing up of King Lear’s soldiers I’m trying to think of how many math problems Shakespeare may have written out for us.
Science? Given how much science has changed in 400 years this would be a tricky one, and it’s not Shakespeare’s fault.
History? The case of Julius Caesar is probably the most well known. How many kids graduate from high school never truly knowing what facts about Caesar’s assassination are true, and which were created by Shakespeare?
How about spelling, or for that matter reading in the first place? That would be interesting. I bet with some study you could make a good list of words that are spelled in multiple different ways, and then use that to work on a basic phonetics lesson.
You are also welcome to make the case for more advanced classes such as “debating”, “politics”, “psychology” and so on.