Shakespeare’s ability to summarize the range of human emotions in eloquent verse is perhaps one of the biggest reasons for his lasting popularity. If you struggle to find words to express how you feel about a given topic, it seems Shakespeare is there to speak for you. No other author in Western literature has been quoted more, and his stories and ideas have provided an inexhaustible source of inspiration, fueling creativity and the imagination.
The reasons for teaching Shakespeare are obvious, but helping your students find interest in his plays can be a difficult task. Part of the solution entails allowing your students to let their own interests guide how they read his plays. For example, a student who is interested in acting may appreciate how great actors tackle a character like Macbeth or Hamlet. A student who is interested in filmmaking may take further interest in Othello by comparing the written work to modern, adapted screenplays. To help further your students’ interests in Shakespeare, IPTV offers several videos, documents, and lesson plans to help enrich your lessons. Here are a few resources available.
King Lear: Full Performance
Arguably the finest Shakespearean actor of his generation, Sir Ian McKellen recreates his recent stage performance of the tragic monarch in a special television adaptation. Directed by Trevor Nunn, the telecast includes nearly all the original cast members of the sold-out Royal Shakespeare production.
Japanese Culture: Shakespeare Meets Kabuki: Scene Introduction
In the segment Shakespeare Meets Kabuki: Scene Introduction, Shozo Sato explains why he created “American Kabuki” to help Americans understand and appreciate this art form and why he chose to use Shakespeare to introduce Western audiences to Kabuki theater.
Shakespeare for Elementary Students
Shakespeare adaptations for children have been around almost as long as Shakespeare's plays. Elementary school students are not yet worried about what they do not know. Interest them in Shakespeare now, before they become convinced that reading him is "hard."
In Search of Shakespeare
Developed in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library, these classroom resources were designed around five thematic strands: Shakespeare's Language, Shakespeare on Film, Performance, Primary Sources, and Teaching Shakespeare with Technology.
Hamlet: Full Performance
Shakespeare's immortal "To be, or not to be" takes on a whole new meaning (and medium) as classical stage and screen actors David Tennant and Sir Patrick Stewart reprise their roles for a modern-dress, film-for-television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2008 stage production of Hamlet.
Macbeth: Full Performance
Director Rupert Goold's gripping stage production of Macbeth, set in a nameless 20th-century militaristic society and starring Sir Patrick Stewart in his Tony-nominated performance as the ambitious general, and Kate Fleetwood as his coldly scheming wife, has been rethought in vivid filmic terms.
Patrick Stewart - What We Learn from the Bard
Emmy- and Grammy-nominated actor Patrick Stewart, of Star Trek and X-Men fame, explains what young people can learn from Shakespeare, his affinity for the stage, and why Shakespeare remains relevant.
How to make a Play
Go behind the scenes of the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet. David Tennant, Patrick Stewart and director Gregory Doran discuss the creative process of transferring the production from the original RSC stage production to the on-location television film adaptation