SuperScholar shows just how relevant Shakespeare is today. Do students want better vocabularies? Read Shakespeare; he added more than 1500 words to our language which have become common in our vocabularies. His characters were so compellingly drawn that their names are now synonymous with character types. And since movies draw the attentions of students more often than plays, just point out through this graphic how many movies are based on Shakespeare plots. Then you might ask students if they can think of any other movies that Shakespeare influenced. Once students see how Shakespeare lives in modern language and thought, they may be quick to point out examples they find as they read his plays.
In this month of April, which often cannot make up its mind weather-wise, you will find a multitude of questions and answers about weather and climate from this interactive site from NASA. Find out the causes of tornadoes and rain, read about weather folklore, or write your own weather adventure. If you love bad jokes, the bad weather joke machine will provide you with plenty of groaners, and you can play a computer game with friends that takes you around the world to find wild weather. For teachers and students there are several ideas for weather science fair projects. One thing you won’t find on this site is how to change the weather if you don’t like it.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.