A Teacher’s Resource Guide to Teaching Shakespeare

This blog shares educational resources and classroom activities that facilitate the teaching of Shakespeare. The use of film, YouTube clips, and student-produced media can help build a curriculum that is engaging, instructional, and culturally-relevant. Feel free to make comments and post your own ideas!



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  1. Hamlet for ELL Learners

    One idea for engaging ELL students in Hamlet would be to create two iMovies that depict their interpretation of the soliloquy, “to be or not to be.” The first iMovie would be in the student’s native language and the second in English. After completing these movie trailers, students will write a reflection in English that asks them to discuss their aesthetic choices. Teachers should provide adaquete prompts and guidelines to assist students in this process.

  2. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Kinesthetic Learners

    Students choose a scene, between two characters, from Romeo and Juliet to remake. Focusing on Shakespeare’s manipulation of language and poetic structure, students will rewrite the scene using their own poetry. They will film the scene (singing, rapping, or reciting) and put it to music/beats and images iMovie. Execution of this project will require groups of 3-5 students.

  3. Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
    Lesson Plan-Visual and Kinesthetic Learners

    Tittle: Gendered Representations of Women in Shakespearean Productions

    Students will research the type of clothing women had to wear around the time frame of Shakespeare’s plays. After students have fully ascertained the world of women’s clothing during that particular time period, students will look at the various ways women characters were portrayed in movies and theaters. Students will analyze whether or not their portrayal is specific to their characters by getting their “characters” to shop online for clothing that their “character” would most likely choose to wear. This process will be filmed and students will be given the opportunity to observe other finished filmed products of various interpretations of Shakespearean woman character would wear.

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