• Shakespeare's Macbeth: Fear and the "Dagger of the Mind"

    Created October 12, 2010
    Shakespeare's Macbeth: Dagger

    Shakespeare's preeminence as a dramatist rests in part on his capacity to create vivid metaphors and images that embody simple and powerful human emotions. This lesson is designed to help students understand how Shakespeare's language dramatizes one such emotion: fear.

  • Shakespeare's Macbeth: Fear and the Motives of Evil

    Created October 12, 2010
    Shakespeare's Macbeth: Fiend

    Students search an online version of Shakespeare's Macbeth for clues to the motives behind Macbeth's precipitous descent into evil.

  • Listening to Poetry: Sounds of the Sonnet

    Created October 8, 2010
    Listening to Poetry

    While teaching some of the formal terms used to describe sonnets will be one of the aims of this lesson, our starting point and central focus throughout will be learning to appreciate the sounds of poetry.

  • Childhood Through the Looking-Glass

    Created October 7, 2010
    Childhood Through the Looking-Glass

    Students explore Lewis Carroll’s imaginative visions of childhood, captured in his photography and in the words and art of his Alice in Wonderland stories. Students also compare and contrast Carroll’s Victorian view of childhood to that of Romantic poet and printer William Blake.

  • Childhood Through the Looking-Glass: Activity 2

    Created October 7, 2010
  • A Trip to Wonderland: Sizing Up Alice

    Created September 30, 2010
  • Practical Criticism

    Created September 24, 2010
    Practical Criticism

    Conduct an experiment in literary interpretation with little-known specimens of Victorian verse.

  • A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery 'Alice'

    Created September 24, 2010
    A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery 'Alice'

    This lesson explores elements of wonder, distortion, fantasy, and whimsy in Lewis Carroll's adaptation for younger readers of his beloved classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

  • Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: 'You Kiss by the Book'

    Created September 23, 2010
    Kiss by the Book: Romeo and Juliet

    Learn how Shakespeare used the sonnet tradition to enhance his stagecraft by performing a scene from this timeless tragedy.

  • Launchpad: 'You Kiss by the Book'

    Created September 23, 2010