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Internet and Other Resources

  • A Note to Teachers

  • Pre-Viewing Lesson Plans
  • Pre-Viewing Discussion Questions
  • Preparation for Viewing

  • Post-Viewing Lesson Plans
  • Debriefing Discussion
  • Help with Reading Poetry
  • Which Text Should We Read?
  • Parodies of Shakespeare
  • Further Activities with Language

  • Internet Resources

    Student Assignment Sheets
  • Shakespeare's Language (with answers)
  • Viewing Worksheet
  • How to Read a Poem
  • Some Sonnets by Shakespeare
  • To Be or Not To Be -- Three Versions
  • FRONTLINE: The Shakespeare Mystery
    The website for FRONTLINE's documentary, which originally aired in 1989. The film investigates the controversial theory that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, a poet and intimate of Queen Elizabeth I, was, in fact, the real author of the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare. The site includes three mock debates about Shakespeare's authorship from November 1993 (with RealAudio excerpts)

    "The Man Who Shakespeare Was Not (and Who He Was)"
    By Charlton Ogburn, from the November 1974 issue of Harvard Magazine, as posted on FRONTLINE's website for The Shakespeare Mystery. "Orthodox scholars and critics," states the blurb for this article, "tell us flatly that Shakespeare was a Stratford man of humble beginnings. But the accumulated evidence seems to bear out Henry James's suspicion that this notion is 'the biggest and most successful fraud ever practised on a patient world.'" This page includes links to rebuttals to Ogburn's 1974 article, along with other readings on the authorship debate.

    About.com: Shakespeare Authorship Debate
    From About.com, this site leans heavily on the anti-Stratfordian camp in the authorship debate, though it does include the 1964 article by William Murphy, "36 Plays in Search of An Author," which argues persuasively for the pro-Stratfordian view.

    Shakespeare Resource Center: The Great Debate
    As its name, "bardweb," implies, this site favors the Stratfordian view.

    University of Basel: Shakespeare in Europe project
    This site contains descriptions of the differences between a quarto and a folio; links to three entire versions of Hamlet; and links to accessible scholarly discussions of what it means to have three unauthorized and no authorized texts.

    Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 film; the screenplay was written by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman. Though the character of Christopher Marlowe appears in this entertaining film, the underlying assumption is that Shakespeare wrote the plays. The film touches on class and education issues in the authorship debate. The DVD includes interesting extras.

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