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How to incorporate Shakespeare into an engaging English classroom
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Shakespeare in Love

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Looking for a way to involve Shakespeare in your Valentine's Day classroom plans? Shakespeare in Love has just been released in blu-ray. A great idea for this February 14th!

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Signet Classic Teaching Guide for A Midsummer Night's Dream

Signet Classic Teaching Guide for A Midsummer Night's Dream | Shakespeare in the Classroom | Scoop.it
I feel that it's important to utilize resources that already exist on the web. While there are so many out there, it's also important to put use these resources as starting points and make them their own to fit your style of teaching and learning objectives. This teaching guide is published by the Penguin Group and includes beneficial components like themes, study questions, activities, and more references to look at. I would highly recommend looking at it and thinking about using it as part of A Midsummer Night's Dream unit.
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A Study Guide for A Midsummer Night's Dream

This is a great resource for teaching A Midsummer Night's Dream. It includes information on Shakespeare, introducing the play, activities, worksheets, and graphic organizers that the students can use. I would recommend creating your own activities and worksheets based on this PDF to ensure that you are focusing on your own teaching objectives.
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Shakespeare Readings at Michigan Tech

For all of you in the Houghton, MI area, here is a great opportunity to experience Shakespeare Readings:

About a third of the students in HU 3513, Shakespeare, will perform interpretive readings of Shakespeare's work in the Rozsa Center this Wednesday, April 20, from 2-3. They'd love to have an audience (there are some Visual and Performing Arts majors in this group).
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Digging Deeper: Multiple Readings of Hamlet Lesson Plan-Folger Shakespeare Library

Digging Deeper: Multiple Readings of Hamlet Lesson Plan-Folger Shakespeare Library | Shakespeare in the Classroom | Scoop.it
From the always fantastic Folger website, I have pulled yet another beneficial resource. This lesson plan allows for a more in-depth look into the questions that aren't answered in the play, such as: "Is Hamlet truly mad or just feigning madness? Does Ophelia commit suicide or drown by accident?" There are many interpretations, and students will be able to explore them through this lesson.
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Katelyn Schultz's curator insight, May 27, 2017 12:08 AM
This scop links to an online resource that creates lesson plans based on a central theme about Hamlet.

The pre-reading exercise which maps characters of the play is quite effective, however there lacks a link to technology or using digital tools to enhance the learning experience.


*Perhaps using a Popplet as a mapping tool, rather than using student's books.
*Another way to innovate the task would be to film the character descriptions in a vlog-esque format. Upload the videos onto the class wiki and have students create a fake 'about me' section for the character's own wiki that the fake video may have come from. Perhaps from here, students could submit their answers through Socrative or a live Google Slides presentation so they can be reviewed by the class and combined to create the most accurate and comprehensive 'about me' to be added to the wiki under the fake vlog.
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McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Hamlet Facebook News Feed

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Hamlet Facebook News Feed | Shakespeare in the Classroom | Scoop.it
How would a Facebook page look like in the times of Shakespeare? McSweeney's provides comical examples of what it might be. Using this with a class would not only be engaging, but also insightful because students will be given the chance to connect to the acts of the play.
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Hamlet: Novel Guide

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This Novel Guide at classzone.com is helpful in creating an general layout for a unit. It includes theme openers, cross-curricular activities, and research assignments. All of these can make up the skeleton of the unit, so the lessons can be the meat built around it.
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Play of the Week: Hamlet-Folger Shakespeare Library

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The Folger Shakespeare Library is always a great first place to start looking at information on any one of Shakespeare's plays. At this link, the website doesn't just discuss the plot of Hamlet, but also the themes in the play and questions that it raises.
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Modern Versions of Romeo and Juliet

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Although, I haven't found one website that has a great list of all of the modern movie versions of Romeo and Juliet, I have accumulated a short list:

Tristan + Isolde (2006)
Pocahontas (1995)
Romeo & Juliet (1968)
The Love Letter (1998)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
The Notebook (2005)

Although not all of these movies follow the exact story of Romeo and Juliet, they all have a similar story line about two people who fall in love from two families in conflict. These would be great additions to a unit on Romeo and Juliet because they provide the opportunity to discuss the translation of literature across centuries.
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Erin Smith's comment, April 17, 2011 8:26 AM
Westside Story is also a classic reinterpretation.
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Class Performances: Performing Time, Status, and Genre in Romeo and Juliet-Folger Shakespeare Library

Class Performances: Performing Time, Status, and Genre in Romeo and Juliet-Folger Shakespeare Library | Shakespeare in the Classroom | Scoop.it
This is a great way to bring Romeo and Juliet to life in the classroom. Although it may seem that performances in the classroom take too much time, this lesson plan from Folger Shakespeare Library makes it an easy task.
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Tragic Love: Introducing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet - ReadWriteThink

Tragic Love: Introducing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet - ReadWriteThink | Shakespeare in the Classroom | Scoop.it
This four session lesson is great for helping students find a connection to Romeo and Juliet before reading. It gives students a background of the play and examples of modern tragedies that students are more aware of.
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Happy 447th Birthday, Shakespeare!

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It's Shakespeare's 447th Birthday today! A fun fact of the day is that the Bard actual was born and died on the same date: April 23. (Although, his true birthdate is not actually known, it was for sure around April 23).
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Shakespeare Set Free

I have highlighted The Folger Shakespeare Library website many times on this curation page because of the many valuable resources they have. Recently I found out that The Folger Shakespeare Library resources include more than just the website. Shakespeare Set Free is a book published by The Folger Shakespeare Library. It has ideas on how to teach A Midsummer Night's Dream, MacBeth, and Romeo and Juliet. It includes many ways on how to teach with a performance based approach, which would be a great asset for a teacher to use in the classroom.
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C Alford's curator insight, July 14, 2013 6:58 PM

This is a great online book to help guide teachers in their teaching of some of Shakespeare's plays

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Play of the Week: A Midsummer Night's Dream-Folger Shakespeare Library

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The play of the week is A Midsummer Night's Dream. At the Folger Shakespeare Library website, as with the introduction of every other play of the week, there is information not only about the plot of the play, but also the background. One interesting fact is that Shakespeare may have written this play for an important wedding.
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Importance of Shakespeare: How Shakespeare Helped Make English a World Language

Importance of Shakespeare: How Shakespeare Helped Make English a World Language | Shakespeare in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Many students complain relentlessly about having to read Shakespeare in the classroom. As an English teacher, it is important to help students see the importance of studying the pieces of this timeless author. This article shows how Shakespeare impacted the spread of English, and can help start a discussion on where we might be without Shakespeare.
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A Tabloid Version of Hamlet

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This tabloid mock-up put together by the BBC takes the characters and plot of Hamlet and presents it in a new format. This could be a great idea for a final assignment for students, with room for creativity and a way for them to show their knowledge.
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Class Performances: Hamlet's "to be or not to be"

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"To be or not to be" is one of the most recognized lines written by Shakespeare. Although it is so widely recognized, many times, students don't understand what it really means. This website provides a plan for having students present this section of the play and then interpret it with modern language and present it again for full understanding.
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Introducing Hamlet: 74 Lesson Plans Reviewed by Teachers

Introducing Hamlet: 74 Lesson Plans Reviewed by Teachers | Shakespeare in the Classroom | Scoop.it
LessonPlanet is a website that has an abundant supply of lesson plans for teachers. In this section of the website, it provides multiple lesson plans to introduce Hamlet to a class.
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Much Ado About Shakespeare: Dig Site Video at the Bard's Home

Much Ado About Shakespeare: Dig Site Video at the Bard's Home | Shakespeare in the Classroom | Scoop.it
William Shakespeare's last home is now the site of an archaeological dig to find out more about life 400 years ago. This insight about Shakespeare and his life helps a class to understand more about the Bard and his works.
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Class Performances: "You are a saucy boy": Unscripted Scenes in Romeo and Juliet

Class Performances: "You are a saucy boy": Unscripted Scenes in Romeo and Juliet | Shakespeare in the Classroom | Scoop.it
This lesson plan gets students to think creatively and critically about Romeo and Juliet. The assignment is for students to create the scenes between the scenes and act them out in front of the class. Although this doesn't use Shakespeare's original language, it does allow students to have fun with the play and look at the deeper themes.
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Play of the Week: Romeo and Juliet-Folger Shakespeare Library

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The Folger Shakespeare Library provides a synopsis of Romeo and Juliet, as well as information about when it was first written. This page is a great place to start when introducing the play to a class.
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