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Posted by Diane Cadogan on April 24, 2014 |

April marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. So, what has carried Shakespeare’s countless plays into the 21st century with as much reverence as when they were introduced?

In As You Like It, William Shakespeare penned, “All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances,
 And one man in his time plays many parts…”  No one would argue the truth of Shakespeare’s observation about humanity today. This and so many other quotes and themes that Shakespeare brought to the forefront centuries ago are echoed in contemporary books, movies, and even today’s news stories.

Use StudySync to engage students in discussions about why Shakespeare is still relevant today with an array of StudySync Units, SyncTV Lessons, and Blasts.

Our three Shakespeare Units truly make Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet come to life by integrating strong supplementary texts with the core work.

For example, the Hamlet Unit includes comparative texts such as:

• For the Love of Spirit: A Medium Memoir
• Of Studies
• Falling for Hamlet
• Hamlet and His Problems
• Ten Days in a Mad-House
• The Ninety-Five Theses
• Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
• Final Letter of Mary, Queen of Scots
• Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Students can also delve deeper into Shakespeare with StudySync Library items such as:

• A Midsummer Night's Dream (SyncTV)
• As You Like It
• Henry V
• Julius Caesar (SyncTV)
• Othello (Act I, Scene III)
• Richard III
• The Merchant of Venice
• Sonnet 73 (SyncTV)
• The Winter's Tale
• Twelfth Night, Or What You Will

Then follow up the readings and discussions with our recent Blast: How is Shakespeare still relevant today?

The literature of Shakespeare, when brought to life by helping students make connections within their modern day lives, is a powerful way to support the continued study of these – and many other - classic texts.


Categories: Blasts, StudySync TV, StudySync TV Lessons, Web-based Learning