Shakespeare & Elizabethan England, Page 2

This page lists general resources related to teaching about Shakespeare and the Elizabethans. For resources for specific plays, try the Shakespeare page .

Open Source Shakespeare
Search the plays, poems, and sonnets by keyword or by character.

Play Shakespeare
Links to information about specific plays with emphasis on performance, podcasts of interviews with actors, text of the poems, information about scansion, monologues, Elizabethan theater in general, more.

The Play's the Thing
Students learn about Shakespeare's life. They read newspaper articles about a conflict and use the conflict as the basis for a play.

Proper Elizabethan Accents
Pronunciation guide and drills, vocabulary, grammar, forms of address, even insults and cursing and songs of the times, with words of advice from a Renaissance Fair participant.

The "Punny" Language of Shakespeare
This page offers several strategies for helping students become comfortable with Shakespeare's language. Adobe Reader or compatible application is required for access to the handouts.

This music video, an overview of Shakespeare's life, can serve as an introduction to a unit.

Shakespeare Art Museum
Art inspired by Shakespeare, from oil paintings to stamp designs.

The Shakespeare Authorship Page
Extensive links "dedicated to the proposition that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare."

Shakespeare for the Developmental Reader
Focuses on Macbeth, but adaptable for other plays as well.

Shakespeare Illustrated
Art inspired by the Bard.

Shakespeare: Subject to Change
This outstanding site from Cable in the Classroom offers a multimedia look at background information about Shakespeare in general and Hamlet specifically. Requires broadband access.

Shakespeare Resource Center
Easy to navigate and full of resources: biography, synopses, historical background, language, FAQ's. A treasure!

Shakespearean Actors and Experts Discuss the Bard
In this interview from 1997, Shakespeare experts and actors who have performed in his plays discuss what's special about the bard and how interpretations of his work have varied. Those interviewed include actor Charlton Heston. This video runs 13:49.

Shakespearean Dating Tips
This TED-ED video (2:25) uses lines from Romeo and Juliet to explore words and phrases credited to Shakespeare and his romantic use of language. Captioned, includes follow-up questions.

Shakespeare's Dentist from Outta Ray's Head
Information and activities about the state of dentistry in the Elizabethan Era. Enough to make even the most dental phobic appreciate toothpaste and Novocaine.

Shakespeare's Words
Search the plays or the poems with a digital glossary readily available!

This extensive site includes summaries and analysis of the plays, summaries and analysis of the sonnets, and a great deal of background information, including a list of productions available on DVD. Links are described clearly.

Songs from the plays, including "The Canakin Clink" ( Othello ), "Romeo and Juliet Duet," and "Ophelia's Song." A treat!

Students and Shakespeare
This YouTube channel from the Folger Shakespeare Library offers tips on teaching Shakespeare.

A Tale Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying . . . Everything?
Students learn about the enduring use of phrases that come from Shakespeare's work, apply quotations from his plays to life today, and determine the meaning of "Shakespearean" as a contemporary label. Includes handout and article from New York Times.

The Three Little Pigs, John Branyan
This YouTube video is a nice enrichment piece: the tale of Three Little Pigs told in Shakespearean English (mostly). Preview for appropriateness before using.

To Freeze or Not to Freeze: Staging Frozen Tableaux Inspired by Shakespeare
Students "collaborate in groups to stage frozen tableaux based on lines from Shakespeare's works." This page includes a link to a relevant article from the New York Times.

Urban Shakespeare
This story about a job-training project at Shakespeare Festival/LA was first reported on NPR.

A Way With Words or Say What?
Student teams compete through drawing and pantomime to identify and analyze some of Shakespeare's words and phrases. Individual students then write a story using the Bard’s words, lines, and phrases. Truly creative classes can take the challenge to add a new word to our language.

What Shakespeare play should I read?
Clever infographic that would make a good handout or classroom poster.

What Shakespeare Plays Originally Sounded Like
This video (10:07) uses examples from the sonnets, the prologues to Henry V and Romeo and Juliet , and lines from As You Like It to explore the impact of Original Pronunciation on understanding Shakespeare's language.

What's in a Name? Considering the Shakespeare Authorship Question
Students investigate arguments and evidence regarding questions over Shakespearean authorship, which is the topic of the movie Anonymous ,and hold a roundtable discussion about the controversy and about Shakespeare's relevance today. Finally, they create Shakespearean adaptations in the medium and context of their choice.

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