Lesson Plans


  • Does Art Imitate Life? | Shakespeare Uncovered

    Writers are often told to "write what they know." This lesson will ask students to explore this idea using examples of great writers, with a particular focus on William Shakespeare. (It can be used during a study of Shakespeare's The Tempest or in a unit focused on writers and their lives. The lesson is best used after students have examined the lives and works of several authors.)

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Suits of Woe: Grief and Loss in Hamlet | Shakespeare Uncovered

    In this lesson students will explore the themes of grief and loss in William Shakespeare's Hamlet using video from Shakespeare Uncovered. (This lesson is best used during a reading of Hamlet.)

    Grades: 9-13+
  • War and Leadership in Shakespeare's Henry V | Shakespeare Uncovered

    This lesson uses video segments from Shakespeare Uncovered to explore the nature of war and its impact on those who fight it, particularly the title character of William Shakespeare's "history play" Henry V. (This lesson is best used before, during, or after a unit on Henry V or a unit on history in literature.)

    Grades: 9-12
  • Talking to Myself | Shakespeare Uncovered

    In this lesson from Shakespeare Uncovered, students will examine William Shakespeare's use of soliloquies in Hamlet, focusing on the famous "To be or not to be" speech. (This lesson is best used during or after a reading of Hamlet.)

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Henry IV, Part I: Does Father Know Best? | Shakespeare Uncovered

    In this lesson from Shakespeare Uncovered, students will examine the relationships between parents and children in Henry IV, Part I. (This lesson is best used after reading act 3, scene 2, of Henry IV, Part I or after reading the entire play.)

    Grades: 9-13+
  • All the Globe's a Stage: Shakespeare's Theater | Shakespeare Uncovered

    In this lesson from Shakespeare Uncovered, students will develop their understanding of how William Shakespeare's plays were influenced by the physical space in which they were originally produced, the Globe Theatre. (This lesson is best used as an introduction to, or during the reading of, any play by Shakespeare.)

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Supernatural Shakespeare and Macbeth | Shakespeare Uncovered

    In this lesson from Shakespeare Uncovered, students will explore how William Shakespeare uses supernatural elements in Macbeth. (This lesson is best used during a reading of Macbeth.)

    Grades: 9-13+
  • "Speak, I Charge You": Macbeth on Your Feet, Not in Your Seat | Shakespeare Uncovered

    This lesson explores the validity of a statement that Oscar-nominated actor Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Training Day) makes in the Macbeth episode of Shakespeare Uncovered: "There's always a certain magic that happens when you start to say the lines [from a Shakespeare play] out loud that you can't anticipate. It feels like a spell." (This lesson is designed to be used as part of a unit on Macbeth. The Introductory Activity could be used as a prereading exercise to introduce performance at the beginning of the unit.)

    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Role of Women in As You Like It | Shakespeare Uncovered

    In this lesson from Shakespeare Uncovered, students will explore the role of women in William Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It. (This lesson is best used during a reading of the play.)

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Merely Players | Shakespeare Uncovered

    In this lesson, students will view and discuss several video segments from Shakespeare Uncovered to explore one of the playwright's signature dramatic elements, the use of role-playing and disguise. (This lesson has been designed as a prereading activity for a unit on one of Shakespeare's comedies or on Henry IV, Part I. It can also be used as a stand-alone lesson allowing students to explore Shakespeare's art and craft.)

    Grades: 9-13+

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