High School
English Language Arts

Why Shakespeare?

This is a collection that will convince your students to appreciate and enjoy Shakespeare! My students liked hearing from celebrities and kids their age about how Shakespeare has influenced their learning and life experiences.
A Collection By Melissa Mirabello
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Why Shakespeare?
  • brainpickings.org
    brainpickings.org

    How Shakespeare Changed Everything

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    Melissa Mirabello says:
    This is a book review; however if you cannot get the book, there is enough information on this page to pay homage to Shakespeare. Your students will like the connections to pop culture and the graph about Shakespeare's influence on people's lives.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    My students LOVED reading the Shakespearean insults. I also let them use the insults in class to add levity to the difficulty of studying a Shakespearean play. I remind students that Shakespeare had a vocabulary of over 30,000 words, which is twice as many words as the average adult.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    This is an entertaining video to show students once they have finished reading the play. The students loved listening to a "gangsta" run-down of Romeo and Juliet. There is also a Hamlet summary and analysis. One year, I had students imitate this video and they wrote and produced their own "gangsta" review of a book. They loved the project.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    I printed this list, cut out each fact and gave one fact to every student. Students were encouraged to bring the fact to life either through a drawing, video, or performance. It was a fun way to learn about Shakespeare.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    Great video! Students really liked listening to actors reciting lines from Shakespeare. They became more aware of Shakespeare's influence on life outside of the text. This video brings Shakespeare's works to life.