Shakespeare Uncovered

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Shakespeare Uncovered explores the complete plays of William Shakespeare—one of the greatest writers to have ever lived. From his comedies to histories to tragedies, the series looks at the stories that have shaped our cultural history: seeking out each play’s inspiration, finding the moments and places that set every scene, as well as examining the words that gave life to Shakespeare’s world both in the past and present.

This thematic collection -- which adheres to national learning standards -- contains video segments from the series, informational texts, discussion questions, and suggestions for extension activities to enhance your students’ reading, viewing, and appreciation of Shakespeare’s works.

O this learning, what a thing it is!

  • Artifacts of Shakespeare’s Time

    In this series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered, learn about artifacts from Shakespeare’s time that many scholars believe Shakespeare himself referenced when researching for his plays.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Gender Roles in Shakespeare

    This series collection from Shakespeare Uncovered examines how gender impacts the characters in Macbeth and The Tempest.

    Grades: 8-12
  • The Globe Theatre

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered reveals the origins, unique characteristics and specific challenges presented by the Globe Theatre.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Hamlet with David Tennant

    David Tennant meets fellow actors who’ve taken on Hamlet and compares notes on how to play a character that's been played, probably, a million different ways in this Shakespeare Uncovered episode.

    Grades: 10-13+
  • Henry IV & V with Jeremy Irons

    Jeremy Irons researches Shakespeare’s history plays as well as the differences between the real history and the father-son drama that Shakespeare creates in Henry IV & V.

    Grades: 10-13+
  • In Shakespeare’s Time

    This media gallery explores the belief systems, behaviors and ideas prevalent in England during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Interpreting Shakespeare

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the ways performers and directors have interpreted Shakespeare’s characters and plays differently, and what those differences tell us about how cultural sensibilities change over time.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Loss in Shakespeare

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the profound theme of loss in Shakespeare’s plays.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Macbeth with Ethan Hawke

    There's daggers in men's smiles. In this episode from Shakespeare Uncovered, Ethan Hawke takes you along as he researches the part of Shakespeare’s murderous Macbeth.

    Grades: 10-13+
  • Parent-Child Relationships in Shakespeare’s Works

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the ways Shakespeare highlights relationships between parents and children through his works--using the father-daughter relationship in The Tempest and father-son relationships in Henry IV.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Richard II with Derek Jacobi

    Derek Jacobi looks at Richard II and returns to the role he played 30 years ago in this episode from Shakespeare Uncovered.

    Grades: 10-13+
  • Royal Leadership in Shakespeare

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores William Shakespeare’s historical subjects, the factual liberties he took in creating plays based on them, and the historical significance those plays themselves have had over the centuries.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Shakespeare and History

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores Shakespeare’s historical subjects, the factual liberties he took in creating plays based on them, and the historical significance those plays themselves have had over the centuries.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Shakespeare and the Evolution of Character

    This media gallery explores the evolution of character in Shakespeare’s plays.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Shakespeare’s Words and Phrases

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the way in which Shakespeare plays with words and word meanings in his works. This gallery includes examples from Hamlet, Henry V, Macbeth, Richard II and The Tempest.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Supernatural Elements in Shakespeare

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the use of supernatural elements in Shakespeare’s plays.

    Grades: 8-12
  • The Tempest with Trevor Nunn

    Trevor Nunn, acclaimed director of 30 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, takes you through the otherworldly and supernatural The Tempest.

    Grades: 10-13+
  • The Comedies with Joely Richardson

    Joely Richardson looks into a pair of cross-dressing comedies: Shakespeare's As You Like It and Twelfth Night.

    Grades: 10-13+
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Side of Shakespeare’s Characters

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores how Shakespeare’s characters struggle with moral and ethical dilemmas and includes examples from The Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth and Henry IV, Part One.

    Grades: 8-12
  • The Use of Soliloquy

    In this series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered, students learn what a soliloquy is and how it is used to reveal character and advance plot in stories.

    Grades: 8-12

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