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Shakespeare in the Classroom

William Shakespeare's influence exceeds that of many historical figures. Four hundred years after his death, contemporary writers, actors and filmmakers continue to find inspiration in his work. Yet, for many educators, motivating student interest in Shakespeare remains a challenge. The education materials provided here will make teaching Shakespeare an engaging and exciting learning adventure.

Developed in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library, these classroom resources were designed around six thematic strands: Shakespeare's Language, Shakespeare on Film, Performance, Primary Sources, Teaching Shakespeare to Elementary Students, and Teaching Shakespeare with Technology. Under each theme you will find professional development strategies and lesson plans, a multimedia library of curriculum resources, and much more. Each component integrates the study of Shakespeare's greatest works with his life and the times that defined him.

Professional Development

Case studies, articles, and quick tips on how to bring Shakespeare alive in your classroom. Swap strategies with fellow educators on teaching Shakespeare.

Lesson Plans

Interdisciplinary lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students.


Print and online resources to continue your study of Shakespeare.

Multimedia Digital Library

Search for video, images and documents from the In Search of Shakespeare web site to use in your classroom.

In Your State

Use this database to find Shakespeare-related educational opportunities nearest you.

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