#CelebrateWithDE – Shakespeare

Discovery Education celebrates the life and legacy of the greatest writer of English language and literature. April 23, 2016, marks 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, yet his works and the author himself remain as relevant and closely studied as ever.

Virtual Field Trip: Shakespeare 400

Join Diane-Louise Jordan for an exclusive broadcast, direct from Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall at King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon. Providing fascinating insights for students, the program focuses on Shakespeare’s childhood, his life as a playwright, and how we can make the most of his legacy. Register today to watch live or be notified when the archive is available, and share using #ShakespeareVFT.

SOSSpotlight On Strategies: Shakespearean Fakebook

Fakebook is a teaching strategy that uses a well-known social media platform to encourage students to investigate and develop an understanding of a person of historical significance. Students create a profile page, requiring them to make connections to important events and individuals of a particular time and place. Have students create a profile for Shakespeare, one of his contemporaries, or for characters in one of his plays. (CDN subscribers)

c_London_in_1620__with_the_original_London_Bridge. Famous Authors: William Shakespeare: 1564-1616

Video, Grades 9-12

Shakespeare was born in the country town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. He went to London in 1588 to begin a life in the theatre. He was immensely successful and is now recognized as the greatest dramatist of all time. This resource explores Shakespeare’s early life, his contemporary reception, Elizabethan England, and the bard’s legacy. (CDN subscribers)


c_A_Performance_of_One_of_Shakespeare_s_PlaysStuff You Missed in History Class Podcast: Why Did a Riot Start over Shakespeare?

Audio, Grades 6-12

As one of the most influential writers in the English language, Shakespeare is typically associated with cultural sophistication rather than violent bouts of near-anarchy. But this wasn’t the case during the Astor Place Riot. Tune in to learn more. (CDN subscribers)


c_19th_Century_Print_of_Bottom_from_Midsummer_Night_s_DreamShakespeare: The Animated Tales

Video, Grades 9-12

Animated adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare introduce students to some Shakespeare’s most popular works, including Othello, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and Macbeth. These abbreviated versions of plays maintain original Shakespearean dialogue and convey complex narrative and plot in an appealing format.


Sc_Illustration_of_Juliet_on_Her_Balcony_by_Oreste_Cortazzohmoop Learning Guides

Learning Guide, Grades 9-12

Shmoop’s learning guides are fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials that use current events and pop culture to help students see how topics, authors, and literary works are relevant today. Available guides include

Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, King Lear, and a guide on the bard himself, William Shakespeare. (CDN subscribers)


c_Portrait_of_William_Shakespeare_by_Martin_DroeshoutWordPlay Shakespeare

Video, Grades 9-12

The WordPlay series features three Shakespeare plays – MacBeth, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – each presented in its entirety, but in a unique way: all of the text appears on the left side of the screen while actors perform the lines on the right side of the screen. Students can read along and also watch the actors for enhanced comprehension. (CDN subscribers)


c_Illustration_from_Shakespeare_ComedyBBC Shakespeare Collection

Video, Grades 9-12

These classic adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare were originally broadcast by BBC Television.

The performances, staged as naturalistically as possible, brought non-theatergoers realistic portrayals of the plays, using leading actors of stage and screen and also big directing names.


c_English_Dramatist_William_Shakespeare(1)Readings of William Shakespeare

Audio, Grades 6-12

This collection of readings of some of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays explore themes of morality, revenge, identity, possession, and fate. (CDN subscribers)



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