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In Search of Shakespeare - PBS - Folger Library

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In Search of Shakespeare is a 4 part video series shown on PBS. Though the series is quite good, you are likely to "lose" lower level students with it. If ...more
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In Search of Shakespeare is a 4 part video series shown on PBS. Though the series is quite good, you are likely to "lose" lower level students with it. If you own it, in conjunction with this site, you can't miss. But you don't have to use the video series to use the site effectively. The site contains a multitude of sources, lesson plans, supplementary materials--almost anything you want to teach in a basic through high academic course on Shakespeare is here. The site is divided into 4 parts: the investigation, for educators, the playwright game, and the show. Clicking on any of those links takes you to a specific site within PBS that digs deeply into the Bard's life, Elizabethan times in both Stratford and London, Folger Library lesson plans, creative writing assignments for students, plus actual summaries and guides for the series itself if you should choose to use it.

tag(s): elizabethan (16), england (57), shakespeare (132)

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Decide what you want your students to know and where you want to begin. Involving them in 16th century politics is fun, especially if you assign them roles to play such as Elizabeth, her sister Mary, the Spanish consul, etc. There are infinite ways to make these times come alive by talking about bear-baiting, cock-fighting, and theatre--the main sources of entertainment among the common people. You might assign different pieces of the site to different students or groups of students and have them report back to the class on what they discovered, using the website itself as a teaching tool. The possibilities of using this site are almost endless.Requires Real Player for video portions

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The Cave of Lascaux - France Ministry of Culture and Communication

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4 to 12
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Take virtual tour of the famous cave paintings of Lascaux in France, read about their discovery, learn to interpret the drawings, and find out fragile environment of the caves. ...more
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Take virtual tour of the famous cave paintings of Lascaux in France, read about their discovery, learn to interpret the drawings, and find out fragile environment of the caves. The site itself is beautiful to explore, letting you experience the caves with a virtual "flashlight" as you enter.

tag(s): archeology (32), painting (66)

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Use a projector to introduce the site, if you must, but allow your students to navigate this one alone or with a partner. The thrill of discovery through the site's design is more than worth any management challenges. Give the students a specific set of questions to answer and things to find, if you are concerned that they may not stay on task. Compare these primitive drawings to those found in other cultures and continents as you discuss common themes in religion and mythology.

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Evolution of the Medieval Book - Cornell University Library

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It may be a weighty title, but this user-friendly site provides a fascinating glimpse of how the development of moveable type during the Middle Ages completely revolutionized human...more
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It may be a weighty title, but this user-friendly site provides a fascinating glimpse of how the development of moveable type during the Middle Ages completely revolutionized human communication, transforming Europe and, eventually, the entire world. From the earliest manuscripts and prayer books, to the very first books printed with Gutenberg's metal type, students can gain an understanding of how the metamorphosis of the written word affected human society. Includes images of manuscripts, bindings, and illustrations, along with descriptive commentary.

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Although this site lends itself to a study of influences that affected European history during the Middle Ages, art students can explore the illuminations and letterforms that appear on the pages of these early manuscripts and books as part of a study of printmaking techniques.

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What Are We Fighting For Over There? - Library of Congress

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This beautifully designed unit examines the twentieth century's first worldwide conflict and emphasizes the rich primary source material that places a human face on the Great War. Audio...more
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This beautifully designed unit examines the twentieth century's first worldwide conflict and emphasizes the rich primary source material that places a human face on the Great War. Audio recordings, vintage newspaper articles, and transcripts of historic speeches provide students with a treasure of resources for use in building a personal understanding of the devastation and effects of World War I. Aligned to standards.

tag(s): foreign policy (16), world war 1 (53)

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Take advantage of this free lesson plan in your classroom during a unit on WWI - the documents are all very revealing and an excellent example for students of reliable primary sources.

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Nuremberg Trials - WGBH

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8 to 12
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This companion site to a PBS special is filled with riveting details and historical photographs that capture the significance of the Nuremberg trials, the people and events that defined...more
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This companion site to a PBS special is filled with riveting details and historical photographs that capture the significance of the Nuremberg trials, the people and events that defined this era, and the devastation experienced by citizens of Berlin after World War II. Includes an illustrated timeline with links to related sites, a photo gallery, and transcripts of interviews with a prison guard and an army photographer.

tag(s): courts (15), world war 2 (141)

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Challenge students to think about the similarities and differences between the trial of Saddam Hussein and the Nuremberg trials.
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A Concrete Curtain - Deutsches Historisches Museum

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This site examines the "Cold War" events that led to the construction of the Berlin Wall, life behind the Iron Curtain, stories of escapes, the political changes that brought about...more
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This site examines the "Cold War" events that led to the construction of the Berlin Wall, life behind the Iron Curtain, stories of escapes, the political changes that brought about the wall's demise, and what life is now like for those who no longer live behind the Curtain. Includes period photographs and a gallery of art work from the East side. Also available in German and French.

tag(s): cold war (29), communism (4), german (65), germany (28)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the cold war in a history or government class. To show what they have learned, have students pick one of the topics and create a digital map summarizing what happened. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place.

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Create a Timeline - Ourtimelines.com

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1 to 12
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This online tool lets you create a timeline of an individual's life using dates from 1000 AD to the present year. Enter the person's name and dates, add events (historic ...more
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This online tool lets you create a timeline of an individual's life using dates from 1000 AD to the present year. Enter the person's name and dates, add events (historic or personal) and their beginning/ending dates, and click the "generate" button.

tag(s): timelines (64)

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A Personal Holocaust Remembrance - MSNBC

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A Michigan teen has produced his own documentary based on first-person interviews with his grandparents about their experiences as holocaust victims. The interviews were the first time...more
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A Michigan teen has produced his own documentary based on first-person interviews with his grandparents about their experiences as holocaust victims. The interviews were the first time they had spoken with a family member about those events. Includes video clips.

tag(s): holocaust (39), nazis (10), world war 2 (141)

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Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a unit on the Holocaust during a World or US history class. Have students read aloud the information, or summarize the main points yourself before previewing the video in class. This is a great way to make the events of the Holocaust more real and personal.

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Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State - Community Television of Southern California

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9 to 12
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This is much more than a site about Auschwitz. In addition to presenting a portrait of one of Europe's most infamous concentration camps, the site explores the historical context in...more
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This is much more than a site about Auschwitz. In addition to presenting a portrait of one of Europe's most infamous concentration camps, the site explores the historical context in which Hitler and the Nazis rose to power and follows the chain of events that led to the development of mass extermination camps. There is much riveting and chilling information to be found in this resource - from interactive, captioned maps to reflections from victims and perpetrators.

tag(s): hitler (10), holocaust (39), jews (26), nazis (10), world war 2 (141)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources located on this site! A very interesting resource for a US or World History classroom.
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Berlin Wall Online

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This comprehensive site covers all aspects of the Berlin Wall, from its construction in 1961 to its symbolic presence today. History students can find outstanding information in the...more
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This comprehensive site covers all aspects of the Berlin Wall, from its construction in 1961 to its symbolic presence today. History students can find outstanding information in the form of a timeline, facts and FAQs, a collection of memories from Berliners, and vintage photos.

tag(s): cold war (29), german (65), germany (28)

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This site has a lot of resources that could be used in a class discussing the Cold War and how it specifically impacted what was East and West Berlin. For one, teachers can use the images to supplement a lecture or to prompt discussion. There are also eye-witness accounts in which people reflect on their experiences with either side of Berlin's wall. Open one of the transcripts on the interactive whiteboard or projector to share with the class. Have students respond in a reflection piece how a wall in the middle of their school, home or town would affect them and what their own reaction would be. This is a great way to tie the concept of the wall to something more personal and help them connect it.

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Scrooge for Mayor

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This Web Quest engages students in examining the complexities of Victorian society through the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge. Having developed a new attitude after visitations from the three...more
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This Web Quest engages students in examining the complexities of Victorian society through the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge. Having developed a new attitude after visitations from the three spirits, Scrooge is ready to change the world by running for mayor of London. Students - working as campaign managers - must help Ebenezer develop campaign points and outline strategies to woo the public into accepting his ideas for social reform. Aspects of Victorian life described in A Christmas Carol, form the basis for this activity, although it could easily be adapted to any of his other novels.

tag(s): christmas (66), dickens (13), england (57), holidays (153), victorian (21)

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This would actually be a great resource for a government class working right before the holidays! During a unit on campaigns, use this activity as a way for students to think outside of the box in applying their lessons. This could even be used alongside a language arts classroom studying "A Christmas Carol," to ensure all students are up to snuff on Scrooge's character. This is a fun way to look at political campaigns with an interdisciplinary focus.

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Walking Around Europe - Learningtogether.net

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6 to 12
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Choose your language - English, French, German, or Italian - and participate in interactive games that teach European culture and geography. Includes many click and drag activities....more
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Choose your language - English, French, German, or Italian - and participate in interactive games that teach European culture and geography. Includes many click and drag activities.

tag(s): cultures (107), french (89), german (65), italian (34)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on culture within a foreign language class. Have students try out the site in the other language to allow them to practice their language immersion-style.

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World City - Museum of London

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9 to 12
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If Victorian literature or history is part of your curriculum, don't miss this site that features a rather impressive virtual stroll through a gallery of recreated Victorian businesses....more
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If Victorian literature or history is part of your curriculum, don't miss this site that features a rather impressive virtual stroll through a gallery of recreated Victorian businesses. You can browse through the shops and offices, peek through windows, and explore back street craftsmen's workshops. Read More links provide visitors with additional background and social context. Add this site to a study of Dickens and 19th century England.

tag(s): britain (35), england (57), victorian (21)

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Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. There is a ton of information here that can be used for research projects or papers! You can also use the Victorian Virtual Walk on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show students what the typical Victorian street was like. This would be a great resource for a World or European history class.

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Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga - Smithsonian Natural History Museum

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5 to 12
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Climb aboard your own longship and take an amazing journey across the stormy Atlantic! The Viking Voyage, a narrated multi-media journey, is an amazing feature in this impressive online...more
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Climb aboard your own longship and take an amazing journey across the stormy Atlantic! The Viking Voyage, a narrated multi-media journey, is an amazing feature in this impressive online exhibition that documents the arrival of the Norsemen in the New World more than 1000 years ago. As the fascinating saga unfolds, students can learn how archaeology, saga studies, environmental studies, and human genetics have changed our understanding of the Vikings. This is a site to be explored in the computer lab with stereo headphones.

tag(s): ireland (12), vikings (10)

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Use the exhibit portion of this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the Vikings. For help creating a graphic organizer to accompany the center, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).In the learning center there are also guides for both parents and teachers on how to use the site, so be sure to look for free lesson plans or classroom activities. This would be a helpful site for a world history classroom.
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English Renaissance - University of Pennsylvania Library

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9 to 12
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This high level resource would be an excellent addition to an honors English class. Major texts from the English Renaissance are provided in their original form, and outstanding multi-media...more
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This high level resource would be an excellent addition to an honors English class. Major texts from the English Renaissance are provided in their original form, and outstanding multi-media tutorials provide serious students with in-depth background information on Shakespearean plays (King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, and the Merchant of Venice) and Renaissance book production (folios, quartos, and editing). The pace is fast! Use of the "pause" feature when viewing the tutorials is recommended to avoid whiplash. This is truly an outstanding tool for your best and brightest literature students.

tag(s): renaissance (35), shakespeare (132)

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Use the tutorials as a learning center or station where students can review 1 of the 4 Shakespeare plays. Save this site on your class wiki or web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.
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The Holocaust: A Learning Site for Students - Holocaust Memorial Museum

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8 to 12
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This well-organized site presents an authentic and factual view of the Holocaust in a format appropriate for middle and high school students. Text, historical photographs, maps, images...more
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This well-organized site presents an authentic and factual view of the Holocaust in a format appropriate for middle and high school students. Text, historical photographs, maps, images of artifacts, and audio clips provide a riveting experience for visitors. This resource is organized by themes which include Nazi Rule, Jews in Germany, the "Final Solution," Nazi Camps, and Rescue and Resistance. Each theme is supported by in-depth information, a helpful glossary and timeline, and a list of key dates and events.

tag(s): holocaust (39), jews (26), nazis (10), world war 2 (141)

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Use the images on this site to design a picture walk in your classroom about the holocaust. Select 10-15 of the more powerful images, choosing a variety of subjects. Assign students to begin at specific numbers, before allowing the class to rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds. At each image, students should quickly write down what they observe, infer and predict about each image. At the end of the picture walk, have a class discussion based on the notes students took during the walk. This would be a very interesting way to introduce the topic in a non-lecture format. For help creating the graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Witness to the Holocaust

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9 to 12
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Primary source material including photographs and personal interviews form the basis for this revealing look at the Holocaust. Visitors can explore three separate paths: a history section...more
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Primary source material including photographs and personal interviews form the basis for this revealing look at the Holocaust. Visitors can explore three separate paths: a history section that provides a brief overview of the Holocaust and the experiences of the victims; a liberators section that offers 10 transcriptions of interviews with those involved in the liberation of concentration camps; and a camps section that profiles four of the most notorious concentration camps. The images and recollections are troubling, so use carefully in the classroom. Developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center.

tag(s): holocaust (39), jews (26), nazis (10), world war 2 (141)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. The information is very dark and graphic, but if your students are mature enough it provides amazing insight into the camps and havoc they wreaked. Have students explore the site and challenge them to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.
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Camelot Village: the Tower of London - Knight International

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Take a virtual field trip to one of the most famous and intriguing historic structures in the world. The Tower of London's crucial role in English history is provided along ...more
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Take a virtual field trip to one of the most famous and intriguing historic structures in the world. The Tower of London's crucial role in English history is provided along with an interactive map of the entire complex that permits independent investigation of every nook and cranny. Students can meet the prisoners who met their fate within the tower and those who succeeded in escaping. Read some spine-tingling ghost stories and discover the legend behind those ever-present ravens. Consider spicing up a study of the history of Great Britain with this entertaining and educational site.

tag(s): britain (35), england (57)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a guide for a group activity researching the Tower of London. Seperate students in groups, randomly assigning each one of the many subject headings within the site. Have the groups read and interpret the contents of their section, to be presented to the class as a whole. Have students narrate and add text to an image using UtellStory, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here. Something like this will take up a whole class period, so only use it if you have the flexibility schedule-wise.
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National Portrait Gallery

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9 to 12
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This virtual gallery highlights personalities that have had a profound impact upon Great Britain and the world. Click on "Search the Collection" to take a tour of the gallery rooms,...more
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This virtual gallery highlights personalities that have had a profound impact upon Great Britain and the world. Click on "Search the Collection" to take a tour of the gallery rooms, and browse through portraits of famous British men and women from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century. Project this Web site in the classroom to illustrate authors, political figures and personalities from British history and literature. Samuel Johnson, Henry VIII, Queen Victoria, The Bront? Sisters, Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill are among the thousands of Britons represented.

tag(s): britain (35), england (57), painting (66)

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Take advantage of the free images on this site! Search the site for images or portraits of individuals being studies to supplement a lecture. This site would be particularly useful in studying Early American history - giving students a face to connect with the names they have heard about so much.

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Shakespeare for Kids - Folger Library

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Make the Bard more approachable for younger students with this clever, interactive resource. Kids of all ages can enjoy delving into the life of Queen Elizabeth and the works of ...more
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Make the Bard more approachable for younger students with this clever, interactive resource. Kids of all ages can enjoy delving into the life of Queen Elizabeth and the works of William Shakespeare. Explore full texts of plays in PDF format, word games and puzzles, historical lessons (some are interactive), and fun facts about Shakespeare and his theater. A word of caution: many of the activities on this site require prior knowledge of Shakespearean plays and characters. Choose wisely based on the level and language skills of your students, and the depth of your study of Shakespeare. Use to introduce the Elizabethan era, review important concepts, or extend a literature unit with a bit of history. Created by the Folger Shakespeare Library. Requires Adobe Acrobat.

tag(s): elizabethan (16), england (57), plays (36), shakespeare (132)

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Share some Shakespearean insults and vocabulary by way of introduction to students on a projector or interactive whiteboard before allowing students to use it individually or with a partner. Access the section entitled "games, coloring and puzzles," and save it as a favorite on classroom computers for use as a learning center or station. Have students complete some of the puzzles or crosswords as a way to review a unit on the Playwright or courtship, courtly love and of course - Queen Elizabeth. Challenge students explore the site and create a quick presentation of what they learned. Students can create brief online posters using a tool such as Padlet, reviewed here.
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