The Tempest

  • 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
  • Parent-Child Relationships in Shakespeare’s Works

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores parent-child relationships in Henry IV and The Tempest. The videos explore the relationship between King Henry IV and his son Hal, highlighting how the King is at first disappointed with Hal and how their relationship evolves and strengthens. The segments from The Tempest highlight Miranda's "moment of disobedience," Prospero’s efforts to protect her, and how the parent-child dynamic changes when the lead role is played by a woman.

    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
  • The Globe Theatre

    This media collection from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the origins, unique characteristics and challenges presented by the 17th century Globe Theatre. Students will take a glimpse into the world of Elizabethan theater by watching actors perform scenes from Shakespeare’s plays on the stage of Shakespeare’s Globe, a modern-day replica of the Globe Theatre located one hundred feet from the original. The videos will show how the Globe Theatre, with its rounded structure and open-air space, was perfectly made for Shakespeare’s style of storytelling and highly spirited Elizabethan audiences.

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

    This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the many ways Shakespeare showed the dramatic evolution of a character. This aspect of Shakespeare’s plays is specifically examined in Macbeth, The Tempest, and three history plays, Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V, which chronicle the lives and journeys of successive kings of England beginning with Richard II. The videos show characters in inescapable positions forced to make decisions under mounting pressures. Several videos delve into the concept of the Divine Right of Kings and how it informs the actions and choices of both Richard II and Henry IV. In Henry V, Shakespeare creates a coming-of-age story in the character evolution of Prince Hal who began as a reckless young prince in Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and who now emerges as a very successful king of England.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Artifacts of Shakespeare’s Time

    This media gallery contains a series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered that explore artifacts from Shakespeare’s time that many scholars believe Shakespeare himself may have referenced when researching for his plays. As you view the videos and complete the activities in this collection, examine the evidence presented to support this claim.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Gender Roles in Shakespeare

    This media gallery contains a series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered that highlight commonly held beliefs regarding gender roles and identity in society. As you view the videos and complete the activities, examine the ways in which women and men are presented in the plays and think about what motivates their actions--is it their individualism or their gender?

    Grades: 8-12
  • Does Art Imitate Life? | Shakespeare Uncovered

    Writers are often told to "write what they know." This lesson will ask students to explore this idea using examples of great writers, with a particular focus on William Shakespeare. (It can be used during a study of Shakespeare's The Tempest or in a unit focused on writers and their lives. The lesson is best used after students have examined the lives and works of several authors.)

    Grades: 9-13+