• Beatrix Potter's Naughty Animal Tales

    Created September 10, 2010
    Beatrix Potter's Naughty Animal Tales

    Through studying Beatrix Potter's stories and illustrations from the early 1900s and learning about her childhood in Victorian England, students can compare/contrast these with their own world to understand why Potter wrote such simple stories and why she wrote about animals rather than people.

  • Hamlet Meets Chushingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy

    Created September 7, 2010
    Hamlet Meets Chushingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy

    This lesson sensitizes students to the similarities and differences between cultures by comparing Shakespearean and Bunraku/Kabuki dramas. The focus of this comparison is the complex nature of revenge explored in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Chushingura, or the Treasury of the Loyal Retainers.

  • Hamlet and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film

    Created September 7, 2010
    Hamlet and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film

    Study Shakespeare's Hamlet in the context of Elizabethan attitudes toward revenge. The lesson includes activities in which students compare the text of Hamlet to the interpretations of several modern filmmakers.

  • Shakespeare's Othello and the Power of Language

    Created September 7, 2010
    Shakespeare's Othello and the Power of Language

    By means of group performances, writing exercises, and online search activities, students learn about the sometimes dangerous and destructive powers of language, particularly when wielded by such an eloquent and unscrupulous character as Shakespeare's Iago.

  • The Beauty of Anglo-Saxon Poetry: A Prelude to Beowulf

    Created September 7, 2010
    The Beauty of Anglo-Saxon Poetry: A Prelude to Beowulf

    After encountering visually stunning examples of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and engaging with the literary conventions of Anglo-Saxon poetry, students will be prepared to study Beowulf. Dispelling stereotypes about the so-called “dark ages,” this lesson helps students learn about the production of early manuscripts and the conventions of Anglo-Saxon poetry, solve online riddles, and write riddles of their own.

  • Launchpad: Death in Poetry

    Created August 31, 2010
  • Launchpad: Pride & Prejudice

    Created August 30, 2010
  • Launchpad: Introducing Jane Eyre

    Created August 27, 2010
  • Preparing for Poetry

    Created August 19, 2010