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
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