A. Instruction - 6.3
B. Design - 8.5
C. Engagement - 5.3
Shakespeare Words: An All-Inclusive Shakespearean Resource
Summary : Supporting Student Engagement of Shakespeare
Shakespeare Words is a comprehensive website for everything Shakespeare. After launching the website, users can navigate it using the buttons at the top of the screen.
To begin, users can click the “Works” tab, and a dropdown menu will appear. Users can then select a play or poem from the menu and access its full text. This tab also offers a “Characters” option that lists the characters who appear in Shakespeare’s play, and the “Circles” option shows the relationships between characters in reference to specific plays. Users can also click the “Synopsis” option from this menu to access summaries of the plays.
Next, the “Glossary” option includes an all-inclusive list of terms that appear in Shakespeare’s works. Users can click a term from the alphabetized glossary to view its definition, and the website documents where the term appears in one of Shakespeare’s works. Users can click that reference, and the website will load the work where the term appears.
Finally, the “Language Companion” option includes multiple subcategories, such as Frequently Encountered Words (FEW), Topics, Themes, and Special Features. Users can access these subcategories from the dropdown menu for this option and click them to access their content. For example, the FEW includes a list of words that appear often in Shakespeare’s works; whereas, the Topics and Themes options provides detailed analysis of his plays and poems.
Please Note: Shakespeare Words is updating their website during 2018 and new content is supposed to appear later in the year!
Instructional Ideas for Shakespeare Word
- When teaching a Shakespearean work, teachers can have students access the complete text from this website. That way, students can access the play on a tablet or smartphone, which makes it easier to “act out” the play as part of a readers’ theatre activity.
- While reading a play, teachers can have students use the Genius It tool to annotate the text for key ideas, characterization, vocabulary words, and other literary elements.
- As students read a play or locate information from this website, teachers can have them cross-reference it with information found on Sparknotes and The Shakespeare Resource Center. Teachers can then have students choose which resource they think is the most credible and useful and explain their logic as part of a class discussion. Teachers can then have students use those resources to support them when completing future assignments.
- When students come across an unfamiliar word, teachers can have them use this website’s glossary feature to support them in learning the word.
- To support students while completing a literary analysis assignment related to a Shakespearean work, teachers can refer them to the “Language Companion” section of this website to access detailed information about topics and themes.
|A2. 21st Century Skills
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning
|A4. Value of Errors
|A5. Feedback to Teacher
|A6. Level of Material
|A7. Cooperative Learning
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
|B1. Ability to Save Progress
|B2. Platform Integration
|B3. Screen Design
|B4. Ease of Use
|B6. Goal Orientation
|B7. Information Presentation
|B8. Media Integration
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity
|C1. Learner Control
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