The Tempest 1: Bigger Than Me

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William Shakespeare's work speaks to everyone, regardless of race, gender, or social class. A short video discusses key aspects of the Bard and his craft, including his use of iambic pentameter. Activities accompany the video to help check for understanding.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners make connections between the characters in the play and people they know
  • Read an alternate version of Shakespeare's plays, such as a graphic novel version, and discuss how that helps make the text more accessible
Classroom Considerations
  • Activities are embedded on the site and as part of a PDF download
  • Part of a longer series on the early life of Shakespeare
Pros
  • Voice in the video speaks slowly, helping English learners follow the discussion
  • Includes discussion questions to extend the conversation related to the video
Cons

Common Core