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* TeachersFirst: Shakespeare’s Plays Grades 7 to 12 TeachersFirst

Here’s our own collection of resources for teaching the Bard’s plays. In addition to the standard lesson and text listings, you’ll find interactive quizzes, sites on Elizabethan England, even a Shakesperian feast. If you’re working with Shakespeare’s plays, start here.

* TeachersFirst: The Hamlet Quizzes Grades 9 to 12 TeachersFirst

This is a collection of interactive quizzes on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Designed for use as a review tool, the collection includes character quizzes and scene-by-scene reviews of key elements of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy. The collection can be used in class or independently.

A Compendium of Common Knowledge Grades 9 to 12

Here’s a site with more information than you’ll ever need on the details and intricacies of Elizabethan life. Some of the content is scholarly; other elements are less so. Highly useful nonetheless.

A Guide to A Midsummer Night’s Dream Grades 9 to 12

from Amy Ulen’s Surfing with the Bard. Text, teaching ideas, and study materials.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Grades 9 to 12 Mass. Instit. Technol.

The complete text, from the archive at M.I.T.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Grades 9 to 12

The word-for-word text of the folio edition, courtesy of the University of Victoria, Canada.

A Walking Tour of Juliet’s Verona Grades 9 to 12

Brief narrative and pictures of the city.

Backstage Betty Grades 6 to 12

This one’s mostly for laughs, but this long, shockwave-enhanced monologue does eventually lead to an interesing quiz on theater terminology, customs, and procedures. Might be a nice stagecraft refresher activity. Do you know what a ghost light is??

Bill’s Allusive Nature Grades 9 to 12 Folger Library

A general lesson on allusion in Shakespeare’s plays.

Christopher Marlowe and Dr. Faustus Grades 9 to 12 TeachersFirst

TeachersFirst introduces Christopher Marlowe and Dr. Faustus in this unit on the Elizabethan playwright’s work about the struggle between good and evil. Includes printable handouts, a Marlowe biography, illustrations, and more.

Try this one in conjunction with a Shakespeare study. (Some scholars argue Marlowe wrote the plays.) In addition, the themes in Faustus resonate particularly with teens making the story extra attractive.

Creative Drama Web Site Grades 3 to 12

Here’s a collection of practical teaching ideas and suggestions for drama teachers. In addition to classroom ideas, there are theater games, plays, and a bibliography. This site was created by a “real teacher,” so the content is particularly direct and helpful.

Dear Regan Grades 9 to 12 Folger Library

A lesson on Lear from the Folger Library’s collection.

Divinity of Hell – Soliloquies, Cutting, and Computers Grades 9 to 12 Folger Library

Students use a word processor to study a soliloquy.

Double Double, Toil and Trouble Grades 9 to 12 Folger Library

A lesson from the Folger Library, released in spring, 1999.

Drama Teacher’s Resource Room Grades 6 to 12

his site is interesting both for its breadth – everything from a stage terms glossary to pointers on how to rehearse a new play – and also its depth. There’s enough here for someone for whom drama is a full-time assignment, but the content is sufficiently approachable that a novice can also find it useful. Did you end up directing the senior play?? Start here.�

Elizabethan Costuming Page Grades 9 to 12

A collection of patterns, resources, and pictures showing who wore what and how.

Elizabethan England Grades 9 to 12

A very well-done site about life and times in Elizabethan England. This site was a class project for senior English students in Springfield, IL. It includes essays, photos, and complete bibliographical information. Topics include daily life, fashion, food and entertainment, and – of course – Shakespeare.

Elizabethan food, banquets, and feasts Grades 9 to 12


Elizabethan speech & accent Grades 9 to 12

A guide for performers, but it provides some interesting detail on how Shakespeare’s words may have sounded in his time.

English Trifle Grades 9 to 12



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