Teaching Shakespeare

Heather Imrie
22nd January 2016
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Creative routes into Shakespeare from some of the UK's major cultural institutions

Have you heard the news? Yesterday marked the launch of Teaching Shakespeare, a brand new online collection of classroom materials designed to help educators worldwide teach all things Shakespeare. From theatre and language to history and design, these digitised and adaptable materials show off the very best the UK's leading arts and cultural organisations have to offer.

About the project

The Teaching Shakespeare hub is a result of a cultural partnership with the BFI, the British Museum, Into Film, the RSC and the V&A. Together, we worked to produce an easy-to-navigate library of resources that are organised in a way that makes sense to teachers and helps them to teach impactful lessons in the classroom.

With the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's birthday arriving in April, we couldn't think of a better time to launch a such a vast collection of teaching materials to support teachers and engage students.

What's covered

The content is split into five different areas or approaches to teaching Shakespeare:

  1. Cultural approaches - Find out how Shakespeare comes to life on stage and in film by exploring art, design, costumes and other historical objects
  2. Themes - Engage with some of the Bard's universal themes, including conflict and the supernatural, and discover how they can still be relevant today
  3. Context - Learn about life in Elizabethan times in order to consider how it might have shaped Shakespeare's work
  4. Genre - Discover how conventions, stock characters and themes developed across the broad genres of Shakespeare's plays
  5. Plays - Explore Shakespeare's most widely-taught plays with this selection of creative materials and practical approaches

So why not take a look at the Teaching Shakespeare collection and find out how it could help you in the classroom? Alternatively, read more about the project and partners here

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