I thought more about the goals, more about the class, and more about stuff last night, and realized that I hadn't put in some of the stuff I think is really important.
So here's some more brainstorming for Shakespeare:
1. I want students to get better at reading and writing about difficult texts. (Reading in terms of strategies for reading: looking up words, thinking about sentences, reading aloud, and so forth; writing in terms of putting the reading skills into words on paper.)
2. Develop understanding of Shakespeare's work in relationship to standard literary genres, techniques, and style (Thanks, Sapience!)
3. I want students to get a sense of the historic, cultural, and social
contexts of early modern theater.
4. I want students to begin to learn research (asking questions, finding information, reading critical articles for the argument).
One of the problems I have with these sorts of exercises is that over the course of 15 weeks, I want students to learn a lot, and to think hard, and to begin to put things together, but I know different things will stick with different students, and that I can't do everything, but that there are probably 20 things I want to stick with someone in some way.