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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students honor the Ides of March by learning about Julius Caesar and to plan related projects and classroom activities. Whether you spend one class or an entire unit on Caesar or Shakespeare’s play, the ideas included within the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning.

 

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Shake Sphere - Michael J. Cummings

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6 to 12
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Peruse this Shakespeare Study Guide to find anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Shakespeare, his works, his craft, the Globe Theater, and more. This site is so ...more
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Peruse this Shakespeare Study Guide to find anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Shakespeare, his works, his craft, the Globe Theater, and more. This site is so impressive that it is recommended as a Shakespeare Resource by The New York Times, the British Library, and the BBC. Of course, you will find all the famous sayings (one fell swoop), quotations, and insults.
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tag(s): feudalism (3), hamlet (12), julius caesar (7), literature (217), macbeth (10), midsummer nights dream (5), plays (25), romeo & juliet (7), romeo and juliet (6), shakespeare (130), sonnets (7)

In the Classroom

Make this all inclusive site available to your students on your webpage so they can look up words they do not know, etc. There are so many resources available that you could divide your class into groups and have each group research a different play or sonnet. Along with resources for Shakespeare's writing there are resources for Feudalism, Kings and Queens, castles, stage directions and drama terms, and so much more. Consider introducing your heterogeneous class to Shakespeare by using one of the Animated Shakespeare Videos reviewed here. Also, to help differentiate, look at Shmoop's Shakespeare page, reviewed here.

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Animated Shakespeare - Cambio

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6 to 12
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Cliffs Notes Films brings its study guides of the greatest classics to life in a more entertaining, interactive, and relatable format for today's generation. The first six films are...more
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Cliffs Notes Films brings its study guides of the greatest classics to life in a more entertaining, interactive, and relatable format for today's generation. The first six films are interactive, irreverent pop-cultural mash-ups of the most popular Shakespeare classics like Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Narrated by "Cliff," a bookish super-hero-cum-narrator who guides the audience through each tome. Click on characters to learn more about the basic plots, themes, and characters.
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tag(s): hamlet (12), julius caesar (7), macbeth (10), midsummer nights dream (5), othello (6), romeo and juliet (6), shakespeare (130)

In the Classroom

It is always a challenge to get students to read actual literature texts instead of the "easier" versions. Share Animated Shakespeare on your classroom whiteboard or as a link on your website for student use at home. View these short films before reading the real Shakespeare in class to motivate student interest. Challenge them to find things in the real play that the animated synopsis left out, especially subtleties. View again at the end of reading; stop the video before clicking on characters and places and have students provide important details of the plot or about the characters before moving on. Challenge students to create a talking avatar for a character in the play they are reading. Have them use a photo or other image (legally reproducible). Have students use the avatars to describe another character or event from the play. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here).

Interested in "Flipping" your classroom? Post the URL for the video you want your students to view at home. Show students the page under the film where they can read about the characters and themes and take a little quiz. Ask them to come in the next day with questions they have about the story.

After perusing a video and the accompanying materials on Animated Shakespeare, have your students read and view the same play on Schmoop's Picture This reviewed here. Have a discussion about the differences between the two. Then ask students to write a compare/contrast response to the two different presentations of the same story.
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Shakespeare's Macbeth: Evolution of a Leader - Katie Buskirk

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9 to 12
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While the introduction is missing on this webquest, all the other parts are there and it is enough for students to create the PowerPoint project. There is a simple task, ...more
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While the introduction is missing on this webquest, all the other parts are there and it is enough for students to create the PowerPoint project. There is a simple task, with web sources given, and students have a wide range of persons to choose from. Web sources provided are neither extensive or imaginative. You will want to allow students to add others or provide other web sites yourself. Students working in pairs or small groups will decide what does or does not make an effective leader and will support their choices for defense against the class. Some of the links require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): shakespeare (130)

In the Classroom

One of the interesting things about this site is that you can do this task with real OR fictional leaders. It might be a good way to compare unlike leaders such as Macbeth vs. Mustapha Mond (Brave New World) or Julius Caesar vs. Barack Obama. Opening the door to real vs. fictional characters allows students to weigh qualities off the page as well as on. While doing comparisons, have students write a fictitious wiki between the two leaders they compared.

Instead of PowerPoint, consider having students create their presentations on Google Docs. Similar, but this will allow for easier feedback and sharing between students and teacher. Plus, students with busy schedules can work on the project without needing to physically be together!
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The Romans - BBC

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3 to 6
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If your curriculum calls for study of other cultures and times or even archaeology, this site makes Roman culture understandable to upper elementary and beginning middle school students....more
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If your curriculum calls for study of other cultures and times or even archaeology, this site makes Roman culture understandable to upper elementary and beginning middle school students. This website, created by the BBC, introduces students to the Romans, the Forum, Caesar, and more. Links and activities include City of Rome and the Roman Empire, Invasion, Rebellion, Religion, The Roman Army, and several others. There are printable pages, online activities, lesson ideas, a glossary, a link for teachers, and an illustrated timeline. Although most of this website isn't interactive, the information and printable pages are very useful in the quest to learn about the Romans.

tag(s): forum (11), romans (25)

In the Classroom

Start your exploration at the Teachers Page to learn more about this website and the numerous activities available. Use this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Print off some of the worksheets for additional extension activities. Teachers of gifted will appreciate this site for students to explore on their own as part of a study of ancient cultures or mythology.

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Penguin Classics Teachers' Guides - Penguin Books Ltd.

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8 to 12
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From the UK, this site offers valuable teacher resources and ideas for teaching some classic literature. Penguin and Signet Classics Teaching Guides comprise a variety of activities...more
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From the UK, this site offers valuable teacher resources and ideas for teaching some classic literature. Penguin and Signet Classics Teaching Guides comprise a variety of activities and discussion questions to stimulate your students' reactions and responses to the classic literature they are studying. Some of the approaches offered are different than past book company offers, so this is really worth a look. All of the guides feature before-during-after reading ideas and vocabulary lists that mesh well with current research on effective reading strategies. The list of books/lessons available includes: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
Persuasion by Jane Austen
A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Frederick Douglass
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Odyssey by Homer
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Othello by William Shakespeare
Richard III by William Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

tag(s): literature (217), shakespeare (130)

In the Classroom

As you prepare to teach one of these classics, don't miss this helpful resource, even if you use a different publisher's edition of the works! If you have highly-able students preparing on their own for the AP tests, these guides could help a motivated student recap works they read in the past or guide themselves through independent reading of the works.

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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar - McDougall Littel, Incl

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9 to 11
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A simple Julius Caesar site that offers some discussion and activity suggestions for teaching Shakespeare's play of politics and honor (or lack thereof!).One of the nicest things about...more
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A simple Julius Caesar site that offers some discussion and activity suggestions for teaching Shakespeare's play of politics and honor (or lack thereof!).One of the nicest things about this site is the extension into the real world connections that will make this play come alive and be meaningful for students.

tag(s): julius caesar (7), shakespeare (130)

In the Classroom

Use the real world connection ideas as related activities as you read the play, perhaps alternating days on the two.

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Julius Caesar - Sparknotes

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9 to 12
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Literature summaries and resources created by enterprising Harvard alumni. ...more
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Literature summaries and resources created by enterprising Harvard alumni.

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Julius Caesar - Study questions

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Study questions from Penguin Putnam Publishing

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Julius Caesar - Full text - Mass. Instit. Technol.

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Full text - from M.I.T.'s Shakespeare archive. ...more
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Full text - from M.I.T.'s Shakespeare archive.

tag(s): julius caesar (7), shakespeare (130)

In the Classroom

In a class where textbooks may be short this is an excellent site to insure everyone has access to Julius Caesar. This would also be useful for a class reading of the play. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and click on the link that allows you to display the full play on one fluid page. From this point, assign students parts and let them read aloud. Just make sure to keep up with the scrolling as students read!

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