Recommended for Third Grade to Twelfth Grade
Discovering Shakespeare - Meet the Author
On April 12th from 12:00 Noon to 12:30 pm CT Alabama Public Television aired a LIVE broadcast of Dr. Gail Kern Paster, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., discussing all things Shakespeare. This program is part of the “Meet the Author” series produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia school district. The live event is now available on-demand in streaming format at
FREE APTPLUS Learn360 Shakespeare Resources - perfect for exploring all things Shakespeare.
To take advantage of these FREE resources, you must:
Go to www.aptplus.org.
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A sampling of videos is listed below but others can be easily located by using searching the titles and keywords listed below:
- the name of a particular play
- "Just the Facts"
Be sure to check out the "Teacher Resources" tab of each video.
SHAKESPEARE ON APTPLUS
Title: Romeo and Juliet
Grade(s): K – 5
Playing Shakespeare is an enlightening and engaging series that gives 6-9-year-olds an educational jumpstart into the world of classical English literature. Using a fun combination of live action and computer graphics, Playing Shakespeare uses rhyme to provide a synopsis of selected works by William Shakespeare. Each of the four programs introduces one of the following plays: Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. As young viewers learn about the plot and its central characters and themes, they are encouraged to read the featured play and find out how it ends. Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare outlines the romantic story of Romeo & Juliet and encourages the viewers to read the play to find out how it ends.
Run Time: (02:55)
Title: In Search of Shakespeare: Part 1: A Young Shakespeare
Grade(s): 6th – 8th
Explore William Shakespeare's early life. Born on the wrong side of an extreme religious divide during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare grew up during a time of surveillance, militarism, and foreign wars -- events that influenced his writings. (from PBS)
Run Time: (01:55:00)
Title: Shakespeare's GLOBE Theatre Restored: Learning by Performance
200,000 tourists tour the Globe Theatre site every summer. University of California Berkeley and several other theater companies perform Shakespeare's plays on those stages.
Run Time: (35:41)
LINKS TO RELATED WEBSITES
Alabama Public Television's The Art of the Theatre (in partnership with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival)
Fairfax County Public Schools
Folger Shakespeare Library
Folger Shakespeare for Kids
PBS Shakespeare (in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library)
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Shakespeare Resource Center
Are You Shakespearienced?
Emory Shakespeare Illustrated
The Words of the Bard
Mr. William Shakespeare
Lesson Plans for Grades 3-12 (great resources)
More PBS Resources
ALABAMA COURSE OF STUDY
English Language Arts
1.) Compare organizational structure, figurative language, and literary devices, including use of paradox, among predominantly British short stories, drama, poetry, essays, and other nonfiction literature.
Examples: A Christmas Carol, Robin Hood; Gulliver's Travels; Robinson Crusoe; Aesop's Fables; A. Conan Doyle's short stories; William Shakespeare's plays; Robert Burns', William Blake's, and John Keats' poems
• Explaining use of allusions
• Interpreting irony
• Analyzing poetry for rhyme schemes
• Identifying use of parody
• Analyzing major historical developments in language and literature in the British Isles
Examples: relationships to place and time, including specific influences of various cultures and languages, wars and victors in those wars, and world literary trends
3.) Analyze British literature for style, audience appeal, cultural significance, and plot structure.
Examples: style--length and complexity of sentences, diction, Standard English versus dialect
4.) Identify literary elements in British literary selections from various genres.
5.) Determine word meaning in British literature using word structure and context clues.
Examples: prefixes, suffixes, root words
6.) Compare the writing styles of two or more British authors.
Examples: Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde
Last Updated May 9, 2011