• Supernatural Elements in Shakespeare

    In this media collection, students explore the use of supernatural elements within William Shakespeare’s plays, focusing particularly on Macbeth, Hamlet, and The Tempest. Students examine supernatural beliefs during the 16th and 17th centuries, and they also identify how supernatural elements drive the plot of many of Shakespeare’s plays.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Loss in Shakespeare

    Using this media collection, students explore the theme of loss within Shakespeare's plays, particularly focusing on Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and Richard II. Whether it is loss of a loved one, loss of power, or loss of identity, students examine how Shakespeare’s characters cope with loss. Students also question whether or not Shakespeare’s own life (and loss) influenced his writing.

    Grades: 8-12
  • The Use of Soliloquy

    In this series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered, students explore the use of soliloquy as a device to reveal character and advance plot. They consider how using soliloquy perhaps more truthfully exposes character than other devices like dialogue. In addition, students focus particularly on the famous soliloquy in Hamlet, "To be or not to be," and discuss how and why the topics of his speech are best explored through soliloquy.

    Grades: 8-12
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Side of Shakespeare’s Characters

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered examines the ways Shakespeare’s characters struggle with moral and ethical dilemmas. Including examples from The Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth and Henry IV, Part One, this media gallery highlights how Shakespeare’s works depict the complexity of human nature through characters who are not purely good or purely evil but are capable of both at different times. The collection explores how the dark side of human nature emerges in even the most idyllic settings, examines the concept of honor, and questions where an individual’s evil comes from.

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

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores how Shakespeare uses language in his works. This gallery includes examples from Hamlet, Henry V, Macbeth, Richard II and The Tempest and features actors and scholars discussing and debating the meaning of Shakespeare’s words. The videos highlight the way in which different phrases can have varied meanings, and illustrate how Shakespeare’s words come to life when read aloud. The collection also includes a video segment that shows where Shakespeare gained inspiration for his writing and one that raises questions about what version of Hamlet contains Shakespeare’s original text.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Interpreting Shakespeare

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the ways in which performers and directors have interpreted Shakespeare’s characters and plays differently over time. Students will explore how these differences reflect not only the personalities and techniques of the actors and directors who bring Shakespeare’s words to life on the stage, but their larger historical contexts and cultural sensibilities as well.

    Grades: 8-12
  • In Shakespeare’s Time

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered presents the practices and beliefs held by the Elizabethans during Shakespeare’s time. The gallery explores the ideas and attitudes of both average people and monarchs regarding witchcraft and specifically addresses Queen Elizabeth’s response to attacks on the throne. Two videos delve into the serious beliefs surrounding suicide and ghosts. This gallery also explores Shakespeare’s sources for historical research, the topic of boys and men playing female roles, the role of theater in London, and the idea that Shakespearian Theater was akin to big box office theater today.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Suits of Woe: Grief and Loss in Hamlet | Shakespeare Uncovered

    In this lesson students will explore the themes of grief and loss in William Shakespeare's Hamlet using video from Shakespeare Uncovered. (This lesson is best used during a reading of Hamlet.)

    Grades: 9-13+