William Shakespeare was a famous English playwright and poet. His most famous plays include: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Midsummer's Night Dream, and Macbeth. His plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare's sonnets are considered to be the most romantic ever written.
Born - April 23, 1564
Died - April 23,1616
7 Types of Female Characters in Shakespeare's Plays
Certain types of female characters often resurface in Shakespeare's plays, telling us a great deal about his view of women and their status in Shakespeare's time. This article from Thoughtco gives insight and ideas for further study on Shakespeare's works.
The Influence of the Renaissance in Shakespeare's Work
This article from Thoughtco helps readers obtain insight into Shakespeare's life and world.
A Collection of Shakespeare Lesson Plans
From Thoughtco, this webpage offers lesson plan ideas to help students understand the Bard's verse, themes, and more.
List of Phrases Shakespeare Invented
Four centuries after his death, we are still using Shakespeare's phrases in our everyday speech. This list of phrases Shakespeare invented is a testament that the Bard has had a huge influence on the English language.
TeachersFirst Quizzes for Hamlet
Teachers First has created a set of interactive quizzes for selected portions of Hamlet. These include general introductory quizzes, as well as quizzes on important quotations and selected scenes. Each quiz offers immediate feedback - and occasional hints - to help students better understand Shakespeare's text.
Test your knowledge of the Great Bard by trying this grueling Shakespeare Quiz from Absolute Shakespeare.
SHAKESPEARE 101: A Student Guide
Shakespeare 101 is a brief guide to help students get started on their study of Shakespeare's plays from Shakespeare High.com.
The English Renaissance in Context (ERIC)
ERIC offers a set of tutorials on some of Shakespeare's plays to make learning Shakespeare more approachable.
Shakespeare Theme Page
Shakespeare sonnets and other sound recordings from LibriVox that are listed as Public Domain in the USA
Tales from Shakespeare
These retellings of Shakespeare's works by Charles and Mary Lamb were meant to introduce the youngest learners to Shakespeare, but these audio files provide a gentle introduction to Shakespeare for any age.
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare
Beloved children's author E Nesbit wrote Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare as a way for children and adults alike to understand the works of Shakespeare. Find audio files of her book here.
Speak The Speech - Universal Shakespearean Broadcasting
Find audio recordings of full-cast productions of some of the most popular Shakespeare plays.
What better way to venerate the Bard than to throw a party in his honor!
This fun insult generator from Pangloss.com comes up with actual insults from Shakespeare's work, including the name of the work from which each is taken.
The Last Will and Testament of William Shakspere
Complete with original spelling, this is a transcript of Shakespeare's will.
What's So Great About Shakespeare?
A homeschooling mom talks about many important reasons she teaches Shakespeare to her children.
Absolute Shakespeare, the essential resource for William Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, biography and the legendary Globe Theatre.
William Shakespeare from enotes.com
Explore the life and works of William Shakespeare through study guides, homework help, lesson plans, critical essays, and a concise biography.
American Shakespeare Center Study Guides
American Shakespeare Center Study Guides are a valuable resource for educators at the Advanced Placement and collegiate level, providing a start-to-finish outline for exploring a play through the ASC's methods of performance-based learning. This is a digital PDF download.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays and over 150 short and long poems, many of which are considered to be the finest ever written in English. His works have been translated into every major living language, and some others besides (the Folger's holdings include translations in Esperanto and Klingon), and nearly 400 years after his death, they continue to be performed around the world.
Shakespeare for Kids
It's never too early to discover Shakespeare! Check out these fun and informative resources for kids and for Shakespeare beginners.
In Shakespeare's time, a stage wasn't just one type of space; plays had to be versatile. The same play might be produced in an outdoor playhouse, an indoor theater, a royal palace, or the courtyard of an inn. In all of these settings, men and boys played all the characters, male and female.
Open Source Shakespeare
OSS is used regularly by scholars, educators, and Shakespeare lovers around the world. OSS offers complete plays as well as a concordance and search tools for character and history elements of Shakespeare's works.
The Oxford Shakespeare
The 1914 Oxford edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare ranks among the most authoritative published in the twentieth century. The 37 plays, 154 sonnets and miscellaneous verse constitute the literary cornerstone of Western civilization.
Everything Shakespeare Summaries
Summaries of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, historical works, and plays.
Don John in Much Ado About Nothing Study Guide
A free literature study guide from Shmoop.com.
Shakespeare Resource Center
Collected links from all over the World Wide Web to help students discover William Shakespeare. There are millions of pages that reference Shakespeare on the Internet. This site aims to make it a little easier to find the most useful ones.
Men's and women's monologues from Shakespeare's works.
William Shakespeare with the Literature Network
The Literature Network offers searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast. The website has short stories, poems, plays, a quotations database, and literature quizzes.
William Shakespeare Background Information & Teaching Ideas
This free resource from Varsity Tutors provides teaching tips, study guides, and more to make learning Shakespeare more approachable.
Shakespeare Study Guide
This free resource includes summaries and analyses of the Shakespeare's complete works.
Shakespeare Online provides free, original, and accurate information on Shakespeare to students, teachers, and Shakespeare enthusiasts.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
A complete list of Shakespeare's works. The Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. This site has offered Shakespeare's plays and poetry to the Internet community since 1993.
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: Conflict Resolution and Happy Endings
Lesson plans from edsitement.neh.gov. The activities in this lesson invite students to focus on the characters from Athens in particular to describe and analyze their conflicts, and then to watch how those conflicts get resolved. Grade: 6-12
Since William Shakespeare lived more than 400 years ago, and many records from that time are lost or never existed in the first place, we don't know everything about his life. What do we know about Shakespeare's life? When and how did biographers learn certain details?
Shakespeare Theme Page
This General Shakespeare Resources has links to two types of resources related to the study of Shakespeare. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
Many lesson plans on William Shakespeare. Original and reviewed resources most commonly encountered in a K-12 curriculum using materials geared to high school and introductory college level students. In addition, there links to related sources dealing with the English monarchy and life and customs in Elizabethan England.
Lesson plans, Background Information & Teaching Ideas
Teaching Shakespeare Through Exercises on Acting and on the Basic Emotions
Plays mentioned: Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and The Winter's Tale.
William Shakespeare, the world's most performed playwright, was born in April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, about 100 miles northwest of London. As with most sixteenth-century births, the actual day is not recorded, but according to the records of Stratford's Holy Trinity Church, he was baptized on April 26. Since it was customary to baptize infants within days of their birth, and because Shakespeare died 52 years later on April 23, it has become traditional to call April 23 his birthday. Happy Birthday to the Bard of Avon!