Performers at the Globe Theater in London

“Shakespeare Uncovered” in the Classroom

“Shakespeare Uncovered” is a six-part PBS series featuring celebrated actors and directors exploring the back stories behind his most famous plays. This guide helps teachers navigate the series website and offers ideas to integrate the series into a high school classroom setting. The guide links to full videos of each episode as well as lesson plans, play maps, character quiz and other educational resources.

Martin Scorsese, American film director, born

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EDSITEment and Common Core: A Raisin in the Sun

Drawing on the EDSITEment’s lesson plan on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, this presentation will demonstrate how teachers can use EDSITEment resources to satisfy the expectations of the Common Core while meeting the diverse needs of students in the classroom.

  • EDSITEment and Common Core: A Raisin in the Sun

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    Political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau born

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    Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear” first performed

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    Charles Dickens’s classic story “A Christmas Carol” published

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    Rickett's and Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez sardine boat, The Western Flyer, at dock

    Tracking John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath"

    Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw teams with Bill Gilly, professor of Marine Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station to discuss the influence of Steinbeck’s best friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts, on Steinbeck and his work— in particular, "The Grapes of Wrath."

    Mural depicting Tradition in the Literature series by George R. Barse

    Fiction and Nonfiction for AP English Literature and Composition

    The selections within this listing represent frequently taught authors and texts in AP English Literature and Composition.

    Detail of an Ancient Greek Kylix

    Sophocles, Socrates, and the Greek Polis

    This feature guides students through Ancient Greek civics as told by philosopher Socrates and playwright Sophocles.