William Shakespeare

Is this an interactive resource I see before me? Fret not. Here's a resource filled with sound, and a bit of fury, sure to engage learners in a study of Shakespeare's Scottish play. User can view an interview with Shakespeare, examine the original text side-by-side with a modern translation of two soliloquies, watch a rap video of the play, and drag words from the Shakespeare's plays and sonnets onto a screen to craft their own tale that signifies.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals or groups create a rap prologue for the play
  • Provide class members with the link to resource after completing a study of the play
  • Have groups research, view, and report on different films of the play including Kurosawa's Throne of Blood, Vishal Bhardwaj's Maqpool, and William Reilly's Men of Respect

 

 

Classroom Considerations

  • Users can click red text to access background information 
  • Both the Start Over and Back buttons return users to the home page
  • The Shakespeare interview and rap videos can not be paused, only replayed from the beginning
  • Although the walk through the timeline may be reversed, it may not be paused
Pros

  • The site is easy to navigate site and the segments may be viewed in any order
  • The interview with Shakespeare features Shakespeare responding to questions by speaking lines from his plays
  • The soliloquies include the original text side-by-side with a modern translation 
Cons

  • The interview with Shakespeare is merely talking heads
  • The videos do not include time stamps