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This website was created by a future theatre educator because I believe that Shakespeare's works are still relevant in today's classroom. His works help convey timeless themes, lessons, and overall teaches students to become well rounded individuals by allowing them to walk in the shoes of people from different worlds, but ultimately sharing the same experiences that his characters are going through. This website will help students in any classroom better understand why we read Shakespeare, how to understand his text's, a first glance at performing Shakespeare, links to all of his plays, as well as inspiring images and videos from Shakespearean plays to peak their interest in his works. Including theatre in any classroom helps teach students to become more self-aware, confident, empathetic, manage their time efficiently, and will prepare them for any path they take in life. Reading Shakespeare meets many curriculum goals as well as benefiting students on a personal level, and although his works are challenging at first, this website is sure to help unlock the mysteries and wonders of his plays. Start exploring and you are sure to be a Shakespearean expert in no time!
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Shakespeare's Words | Home | William Shakespeare

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Online Version of the Shakespeare Lexicon

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Verona – Italy’s romantic, medieval city

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Think Verona and the first thing that comes to mind is the story of Romeo and Juliet. In fact, Shakespeare based two other plays in the city – “The Taming of the Shrew” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” – but it’s his tale of the doomed lovers that brings many people to Verona. The star attraction here is Juliet’s balcony, [...] Verona has been listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO and rightly so. And it is so much more than this one balcony. Beautiful architecture, ancient Roman ruins, lively piazzas, the river Adige running through the city – and everything clustered in the historical city centre.  [...]


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What to see in Verona:

  • Arena di Verona
  • Piazza Bra’
  • Teatro Romano
  • Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore
  • Duomo di Verona 
  • Basilica of San Lorenzo 
  • Church of Santa Maria Antica with the famous Arche Scaligere
  • Piazza delle Erbe
  • Piazza dei Signori 
  • The Fortress Castelvecchio
  • The Castle Castel San Pietro


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Joss Whedon on Shakespeare, Female Superheroes, and Feminism - Daily Beast

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Daily Beast Joss Whedon on Shakespeare, Female Superheroes, and Feminism Daily Beast On a recent Thursday, a gaggle of teenagers wielding cameras and pens are huddled in front of the Trump SoHo hotel in downtown Manhattan.


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Kids Explain Shakespeare's Hamlet | GRSF - YouTube

Don't know Shakespeare's classic play, "Hamlet?" Don't worry... these kids understand it better than most scholars, and they explain it all to you. For more ...
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How to Study Shakespeare - Five steps to success reading a Shakespeare play

Tips on how to study Shakespeare's plays effectively, from your trusted Shakespeare source.
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This website provides additional tips on how you can better understand Shakesperian texts.

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No Fear Shakespeare: Shakespeare's plays plus a modern translation you can understand

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If you run into a passage that you absolutely cannot understand, and you have already tried looking up the words, you can use this site for help.

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

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Once you have realized how much you love reading Shakespeare, you may want to read some of his other works.  This website provides all of his works for you to view for free!

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daily sun | SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT | Why is Shakespeare still worth reading?

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We are not certain about the date of birth of William Shakespeare, because at that time in England births were not formally registered.
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This article provides wonderful insight as to why Shakespeare's works are so great and some information about the playwright himself.

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Ross Farrelly: Why Study Shakespeare?

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This article addresses the mixed feelings that many students have about reading and performing Shakespeare, but showcases why it is ultimately crucial to do so.

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How to Read Shakespeare Aloud

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Shakespeare made reading his plays aloud as easy as possible. Everything an actor needs is right there in the dialogue – you just need to know what you’re looking for
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Make sure you have read this article before we read some of Shakespeare's plays aloud in class.  If you pay close attention to this text, you will learn some great tips and you will be able to read in front of the class with ease.

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Romeo and Juliet 2013 DTASC Shakespeare Festival

El Camino Real Charter High School's C Division scenes from this year's Shakespeare Festival
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These students perform a whole scene from Romeo and Juliet with only four chairs as their props.  Notice how well they perform and actually understand the text rather than just reciting the text.

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Tempest Storm

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Here is a a quick look at the lighting techniques that were used to create the storm scene in Shakespere's "The Tempest".

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona | LibriPass

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy by William Shakespeare from early in his career. It has the smallest cast of any of Shakespeare’s plays, and is the first of his plays in which a heroine dresses as a boy.


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Shakespeare, Feminism, and Joss Whedon | Apex Publications

AUTHOR'S NOTE: To get the full impact of this blog post, you really ought to have seen the latest iteration of Much Ado About Nothing. Shakespeare is NOT in the forefront of anyone's mind when someone mentions “feminist ...


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The Rhythm of Shakespeare - It's In Us All - YouTube

Each of Shakespeare's plays have a rhythm to them. Whether it be written in Iambic Pentameter or Prose, there is a steady beat that we can get emotionally wr...
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Shakespeare by the numbers

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How to Read Shakespeare for Beginners

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Reading Shakespeare can initially be a confusing and frustrating experience, especially since most of us find little emotional connection with poetry written 400 years ago. But with a little common sense and a few general guidelines,...
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You may be wondering: how do I even start to read Shakespeare? Often his texts seem to be in foriegn languages, but by gaining the right tools and taking advice from this website, you will be able to get the head start that you need.

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Welcome to Shakespeare High: Your Shakespeare Classroom on the Internet!

Shakespeare High: Your Shakespeare Classroom on the Internet!
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This site is another great tool to help you understand Shakesperian texts.  They provide a word glossary that can be very beneficial when you stumble across unfamiliar vocabulary, as well as many other useful tips.

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Reading Shakespeare has dramatic effect on human brain

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Research at the University of Liverpool has found that Shakespearean language excites positive brain activity, adding further drama to the bard's plays and poetry.
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Find out how reading Shakespeare can keep your brain activity at its peak!

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WHY SHAKESPEARE?

http://www.lawrencebridges.com A documentary by the National Endowment for the Arts. Directed produced and edited by Lawrence Bridges. Appearances by Tom Ha...
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This video is very insightful: it features student's and actor's discussing why Shakespeare matters and how it has made a difference in their lives.  Check it out and be inspired!

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Why is Shakespeare Important

The following are our top four reasons why Shakespeare has stood the test of time.
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Have you ever wondered why Shakespeare's works are still so popular?  This article does a great job of explaining why Shakespeare's works are still relevant.

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Performing Shakespeare Monologues:: Spotlight: E-News from Theatrefolk

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In this newsletter, we'll focus on performing the Shakespeare monologue.
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The dreaded Shakesperian Monologue!!  There wll come a time when you must perform a monologue from one of Shakespere's plays, but have no fear, this website will give you the knowledge you need to do it like a well-seasoned actor.

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Romeo & Juliet - Fight Scene between Romeo & Tybalt

The following video is from William Shakespeare's play, "Romeo & Juliet." This is the fight scene between Romeo and Tybalt. It is shown twice, first with no ...
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This video gives a synopsis of Romeo and Juliet and also showcases how music can heighten a fight scene.

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Witch Makeup (Macbeth)

The actual process takes about 45 minutes, so I sped it up a little. =) Audio owned by UMG.
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Watch as this actress applies make-up to play a gruesome witch in Macbeth.

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