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 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. Watch your students transform into actors right before your eyes, and simultaneously, build adequate background knowledge to support their understanding of Romeo and Juliet.
Learn all about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre with this site full of pictures and interesting facts. Follow links to downloadable PDF’s that provide information, pictures, and primary resources on each of eleven Shakespearean topics. The first will tell you about William Shakespeare, a family man, author, and actor. The next tells about London during Shakespeare’s life. Other links give information on special effects used in Shakespearean plays, The Globe, the third Globe, a typical playhouse, what audiences were like, indoor theatres, the process of writing plays, typical actors of the time, and costumes and cosmetics that would have been used on a Shakespearean stage.
Use this interactive site to learn to write myths, folktales, and fairy tales with famous authors, and publish them. The myths section provides the opportunity to write a myth with Jane Yolen, to read myths from countries around the world, and to use the Myth Brainstorming Machine to create your own myth. The folktales section includes folktale writing with Alma Flor Ada and Rafe Martin, learning about folklore, and writing your own folktale. For fairy tale and fable writing, join John Sciezka to learn about writing fractured fairy tales, and discover fairy tales from around the world. Then, learn the art of storytelling with Gerald Fierst
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.
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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.