How can we teach them all they need to learn?

I am currently struggling as I plan my lessons for a Yr 9 Shakespeare unit. I feel as though there is no possible way to cram all that the students need to know (and would want to know) into 5 weeks. I could spend a year on this unit alone!

This has made me realise that one of the skills I personally need to work on in my teaching is selecting the most important material and most important skills and accept that they may not get the whole picture. Not ideal, but when you see a class only 4 times a week, there just isn’t enough time to analyse every sonnet, to profile every character and to understand every dramatic technique. Now that I’ve accepted that, all I have to do is agonise over WHICH sonnet, WHICH character, WHICH technique…. Sigh!