Yes, I’m still buried in Shakespeare and not likely to dig out until March. I did one post last week with book and script resources. Now, here’s some internet resources for you. After all, they’re all open in my browser anyway.
The Folger Shakespeare Library has some wonderful resources for teaching Shakespeare. We’re planning to get ourselves over there in the near future so we can appreciate the space and the little exhibits as well. This is their page of resources especially for elementary school learners. They have lots more resources for older students if you browse the sidebar.
The PBS program In Search of Shakespeare has an amazing set of resources on a page about introducing Shakespeare to elementary school kids. You can find it here. I especially liked some the ideas in this article, though all of them were well done and more in depth than you might expect.
In Search of Shakespeare is also on Netflix Instant here, if you, like half the world these days, happen to subscribe.
Speaking of videos, you can find the BBC’s Shakespeare: The Animated Tales here on Youtube.
Squidoo has a great, long list of resources of all sorts here. A few of the links are out of date and it’s more resources than activity ideas, but it’s a pretty comprehensive list, including a number of good printables. I especially liked the detailed coloring pages they linked to here, but alas, The Tempest wasn’t among the plays with illustrations there.
However, using this educational clipart site, I was able to put together a little coloring book for the kids to get with their scripts. I used the images I found here. I may be making them memorize iambic pentameter, but since they’re little, I thought a coloring book wasn’t out of order.
Speak the Speech is a site with free audio versions of the plays. There are mini versions available for download as well. Because the files are mp3’s, they could easily be loaded onto a player.
Shakespeare Kids is a program at the University of Texas at Austin. The site mostly promotes the program, but there are links to resources and a bunch of short texts where they’ve already excerpted specific scenes for kids to perform. The site is very flashy so I had hoped it would have more cool stuff. Alas! But if you wanted to do a short scene study with kids, this would be a good resource.
For kids, there’s a virtual tour of the Globe Theatre in Shakespeare’s time, complete with lots of clickables to explore the lives of the people watching the plays, the bouncers, the performers and so forth. I couldn’t make the sound work on this like it should have, but it was pretty well done nonetheless. You can see a very different virtual tour here, at the site for the recreation of the Globe. This one is a series of visual images you can look at and manipulate.
I’m still looking for a good website about Shakespeare’s life and works that’s aimed toward kids. I’ve found a variety of webquests and other very bland websites with just some bare bones information. Honestly, a short text and a couple of pictures just isn’t that great. I’d much rather the kids read a book. A website should provide an interactive element, especially one aimed toward kids. I haven’t found anything like that for Shakespeare, unfortunately.