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.
Take your students on a virtual field trip to the Folger Shakespeare Library as they embark on their first exposure to Shakespearean works. Students can engage in a deeper understanding of the play Romeo and Juliet by spending a few days reading, re-reading, and dramatizing the prologue itself. Students will learn about the play's meaning, get to know the style and language of the text, and make inferences about the play's central questions. They will also` learn more about the concepts of tragedy, quatrain, sonnet, soliloquy, historical context. and more.
The statement, “It’s Greek to me!” usually means it’s confusing and hard to understand. This site will make the Olympian gods of Greek mythology much easier to remember and understand. Click on the statue-like pictures of each of 13 gods and goddesses to read their bios, listen to both the Greek and English pronunciations of their names by clicking on the corresponding flag, and see a gallery of pictures, drawings, and images of each of them. Use the interactive words in the introduction to learn about the Olympian ancestors, the Titans, and their home on Mount Olympus, which was built by the Cyclopes.
Help students understand the art of writing with humor. Students will engage in reading of the following works: "A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It"; "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses"; "The Story of Grandfather's Old Ram" from Roughing It; "Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog"; "Seventieth Birthday Speech"; "Talking with Spirits" from Life on the Mississippi; "The House Beautiful" from Life on the Mississippi; "The Royal Nonesuch" from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; and "Tom Sawyer Whitewashing the Fence" from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Students will analyze Twain's wit and observations. Then students will attempt to replicate his literary style and humor as they make their own observations about people they know and then incorporate these humorous details into a fictional work.
Are you looking for ways to connect abstract ideas and writing? Do the terms “tone” and “voice” need a boost in your students’ writing pieces? Help your students translate the writing styles of Markus Zusak’s in the Book Thief and John Donne’s poem entitled “Death Be Not Proud” into the authoring of their own poems. During this lesson, each student will write a poem with poetic devices such as personification, tone, and metaphorical language. Each student will analyze his/her topic, an abstract idea or object that is personally important. Students will also delve deeply into themselves to search for deeper ways to clearly convey a message that the reader of the poem will understand.
Read Edgar Alan Poe’s poem “The Raven” in a whole new way. Color-coded words aid in comprehension in several ways. Place the cursor on yellow words to see the definitions of these difficult vocabulary words. Words in red demonstrate internal rhyme; blue words show examples of alliteration, and words in purple are examples of assonance. Highlighting the literary devices relating to sound can bring readers to a new understanding of the complexity of one of Poe’s most famous works of art. Check out this site and interact with Edgar Alan Poe in a whole new way!
This site provides a detailed analysis of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130. It begins with a side-by-side overview of the text, one side in the original language, the other providing a paraphrase of each line. The next section provides more an exhaustive explanation of each portion of the poem, focusing on the various literary devices, particularly allusion, parody, symbolism and comparison. The final section includes a possible explanation to the meaning of the sonnet, including why and how it was written. Because this particular sonnet differs from the traditional Petrarchan sonnet, both its differences and similarities are expounded upon here. A description of how to cite the article is also offered.
Need an end of the year novel enrichment study for
To Kill a Mockingbird? This Common Core-aligned unit
will engage students in a comparative study of the 1930's Scottsboro Boys to Harper Lee's fictional masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Students will participate in a deep character study, mock trial, analysis of the real-life court case, analysis of the To Kill a Mockingbird case and essay writing. Best of all it is all packaged neatly under the mandates of The Common Core Standards.
Here's a great site to learn about theater in Japan, China, Bali, and the United States. You'll also find out about different aspects of theater such as costumes and scenery. There’s even a little history of the theater itself. There is a lot of information packed into this video presentation so feel free to play it twice.
Here’s a story that blends fact and fiction with the magic of Robin Hood. You can listen to the story of Matilda’s Bracelet and its fatal results or take the long route and read the text. Learn about King John and the Magna Carta in two sections that tell the origin of the story. In addition there are photographs of an English church mentioned in the story, medieval jewelry, and a drawing of Matilda. The handy glossary defines some unfamiliar words, and there’s even a teacher’s section to show how to use this story in the history curriculum.
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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.