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Teaching Shakespeare to High Schoolers

New educators often shy away from teaching a Shakespearean play due to the nature of the content that would be taught. Often times, even the most seasoned teachers back away from attempting to teach a Shakespearean unit in fears that students would not engage with the material. This small collection provides a series of educational, visual, and musical resources that acquaint teachers of all backgrounds with effective teaching strategies in the Shakespearean class.
A Collection By Ambar Paulino
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Teaching Shakespeare to High Schoolers
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    A series of writing prompts for teachers teaching writing under a unit on Shakespeare. These writing prompts are designed to help students bring characters in Shakespearean texts to life. The prompts/questions encourage creative writing/critical thinking and can be adapted to the following texts: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I ‘Hamlet,’ and ‘King Henry V.’ This is an excellent resource for teachers looking to adapt these texts in a writing class.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    This resource lists eight different ways to get “students hooked on Shakespeare.” The eight bulleted points include: context, visual representation, using games/activities to hook students, printing texts, reading texts out loud first, using theatre to engage them, give students time to create their own understanding of the text, integrating film into curriculum. Excellent for educators that seek how to captivate students’ interest in Shakespeare by using various forms of instruction.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    Another excellent resource for Shakespearean scholars interested in captivating their student’s interest in Shakespearean texts using modern-day resources. This Huffington Post article lists 6 top 40 pop songs, rewritten as Shakespeare sonnets. These sonnets can be used as a great introduction to Shakespearean language and literature composition.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    Sometimes the most innovative teacher can’t find ways to effectively teach Shakespeare. This article offers ten strategies educators can use to teach his texts to the “reluctant learner.” This guide provides a mixture of activities, tips, and resources for new and experienced Shakespearean educators. Excellent for those seeking a variety of resources (written, visual, musical) to teach the material.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    Much Ado About Something, is a detailed guide for high school English/Social Studies teachers who seek to integrate his works into their curriculum. This guide includes a note for interested teachers, pre-viewing discussion questions, a guide to prepare students for view, debriefing discussion questions, reading poetry, activities for deciphering the language, and a number of student assignment sheets. This guide is perhaps most comprehensive (and free) resource for Shakespearean educators!
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    A free lesson plan for educators looking to introduce/implement Shakespearean works into their curriculum. This workshop (or first lesson plan) intends to introduce students to the rhythm of the Shakespearean language. This lesson plan is accessible and physically engaging, and provides educators with a series of resources and other lesson free lesson plans that follow this introductory outline.
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BloomBoard Asks:What Shakespearean works do you recommend using in your classroom? Which teaching methodologies do you recommend English educators using to engage students? In the literature?