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Reading Shakespeare can be a daunting task for many learners. Grappling with the many unfamiliar words, unraveling the Yoda-speak of inverted sentences, recognizing the meaning and purpose of figurative language. Fortunately, there are free resources to help with understanding.

myShakespeareAvailable here are full-text digital versions of the plays with a bunch of media features that help learners decipher the language for better understanding. For example, there are pop-up notes to explain figurative language in highlighted portions of the text. You can click icons to hear certain lines or watch videos of people performing some lines. Sign up for a free account to access useful study tools, such as multiple choice comprehension questions. 

Folger Shakespeare LibraryHas a variety of teaching modules and lesson plans. Also visit their Shakespeare for Kids page.

Shakespeare UncoveredPBS LearningMedia site with videos and lesson plans.

Shakespeare in the RuinsFree study guides.

Phrases from Shakespeare:  List of Shakespearian sayings, what they mean, and the plays from which they are derived.

Virtual Tour of the Globe Theater

Online Graphic NovelsA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, and Macbeth.

Shakespeare Reading TipsGeneral tips on the writing devices Shakespeare used as well as a short list of common words of his day.

A Mid-Summer Night's Dream Unit StudyWith comprehension questions/answers;  vocabulary, quotes, and dramatic devices activities, and other activities.

Romeo & Juliet Folder ProjectUse a file folder, note cards, and some glue for this hands-on literary analysis.

Creative Romeo & Juliet ProjectsIdeas here for projects employing acting, art, music, photography, and writing poetry.

Shakespeare Fun and GamesHere, you'll find infographics, quiz games, and Shakespeare charades videos.

For a laugh, try the Shakespeare Insulter.

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