Create a Shakespearean Timeline

Create a Shakespearean Timeline

Every writer, artist, musician, or other cultural visionary is at least partly a product of their time. What might the history of Shakespeare's era have contributed to the poems and plays he wrote that we enjoy today?
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Make a Culture Collage

Make a Culture Collage

From The Renaissance Thinkers

We use the term Renaissance to define the years in Europe from the 1300s through the 1600s. Is there one word or phrase that defines the era we live in right now? Let’s make a Culture Collage and see if we can find one.

Try Styrofoam Printing

Try Styrofoam Printing

From The Renaissance Inventors

Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press during the Renaissance. Before this invention, books were made by hand. The text was copied word by word. The printing press made the creation and distribution of books much easier, so more people could have access to books and read them. In this activity, you’ll try your own method of printing.

The Human Body in Art

The Human Body in Art

From The Renaissance Artists

Leonardo was one of several Renaissance artists who dissected human corpses. Why did they do that? To better understand the form and function of the human body, which they believed was created in the image of God. To them, the human body—inside and out—was a work of wonder.

Can You Guess the Scent?

Can You Guess the Scent?

From The Renaissance Explorers

Many of the world’s most popular spices are grown in India. Can you guess what they are without peeking?



The Old School House Magazine
“This book does an excellent job of making Shakespeare come alive for young people and successfully conveys the timelessness of Shakespeare's plays.” Read the complete review online. 

“Continually connects Shakespeare's themes, plots, and characters to the present day, demonstrating the relevance of Shakespeare with subtlety and flair.” Read the complete review online.

Detailed Book Description

Shakespeare didn't write zombie flicks, but without the play Romeo and Juliet, the movie Warm Bodies would never have been made! In Shakespeare: Investigate the Bard's Influence on Today's World, readers explore the language and themes of five Shakespeare plays and discover their reach in today's books, music, and movies.

  • Equips readers with critical reading skills that extend beyond the boundaries of Shakespeare's work.
  • Shows a pattern of literature being built on a foundation of historical texts.
  • Activities encourage the development of comparing and contrasting, looking for detailed evidence, making deductions, and applying critical analysis to a wide variety of media.
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Language Arts
Content Focus: Language Arts | Reading & Writing



Shakespeare Past and Present

Chapter 1
Romeo and Juliet

Chapter 2
The Romeos and Juliets of Today

Chapter 3
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Chapter 4
The Hamlets of Today

Chapter 5
Twelfth Night

Chapter 6
Twelfth Night Today

Chapter 7
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chapter 8
The Midsummer Night Magic of Today