Did Shakespeare Write His Plays?

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Can we test whether lines ascribed to William Shakespeare were actually written by someone else? Science and linguistics join forces in this fantastic TED-Ed video to help us investigate the theory of whether history's greatest writer composed his own plays.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners conduct additional research on the field of linguistics and practice of stylometry to supplement what they learn from this video
  • Refer to this video when discussing an author's unique voice and writing style, as well as the inherent structure that exists within poetry and other various forms of writing

  • Animation engages learners and helps to illustrate content
  • Customize the discussion prompts and additional resources provided on the TED-Ed website

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