Posts Tagged ‘literature’

pPBS3-16671508regSir Derek Jacobi leads an impressive cast featuring actress Vanessa Redgrave and actor Mark Rylance on a quest to uncover the truth behind the world’s most elusive author, William Shakespeare, and discovers a forgotten nobleman whose story could solve the mystery and rewrite history.  The video is titled Last Will & Testament.  Borrow this fascinating DVD for a month by clicking here.  You’ll also find scores of teaching and learning resources on the bard at PBS LearningMedia.

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Shakespeare Uncovered explores the complete plays of William Shakespeare. The PBS series looks at the stories that have shaped our cultural history: seeking out each play’s inspiration, finding the moments and places that set every scene, as well as  examining the words that gave life to Shakespeare’s world both past and present.

shakespeare-uncovered-8This PBS LearningMedia thematic collection — which adheres to national learning standards — contains video segments from the series, informational texts, discussion questions, and suggestions for extension activities to enhance your students’ reading, viewing, and appreciation of Shakespeare’s works.

Here’s a sampling of the series of videos available for grades 8-12:

The Use of Soliloquy helps students learn what a soliloquy is and how it is used to reveal character and advance plot in stories.

The Globe Theater reveals the origins, unique characteristics and specific challenges of the famous theater.

Gender Roles in Shakespeare examines how gender impacts the characters in Macbeth and The Tempest.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Side of Shakespeare’s Characters explores how characters struggle with moral and ethical dilemmas and includes examples from The Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth and Henry IV, Part One.

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literatureA recent addition to our Video Lending Library is sure to be of interest to English teachers. The Classic English Literature collection (volume 1) contains four memorable stories: Great Expectations, by Dickens; Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte; Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, and Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austin. The album also contains a collection of memorabilia about the authors, including documents and photographs. Borrow this Masterpiece Classic album, I.D. 2365, by clicking here. 

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Attention Shakespeare fans!  Ethan Hawke invites viewers on his quest to play Shakespeare’s murderous Thane of Cawdor by researching the true story and real-life events that served as the play’s inspiration. Shakespeare Uncovered: Macbeth with Ethan Hawke airs Friday, January 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET on WGBY.  Check out a preview of the program below:

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Due to the recent success of Downton Abbey, Masterpiece has been in the news quite a bit.  But for 40 years, PBS’ Masterpiece has been known for high-quality adaptations of classics, mysteries, and contemporary literature. Browse more than 30 Teacher’s Guides that can help you enhance your teaching by using Masterpiece films in the classroom.  Here are just a few of their featured guides:

  • Film in the Classroom, Revised
    This completely updated guide, created for Masterpiece’s 40th anniversary, offers fresh ideas and innovative activities for teaching film in today’s digital environment. Drawing on a treasure trove of 25 outstanding Masterpiece films, the guide will help you use film not just as an adjunct to literature, but as a tool that can improve students’ understanding of media literacy as well as literary elements.
  • A Tale of Two Cities
    One of the most frequently-taught Dickens novels, A Tale of Two Cities explores issues also associated with other works of Charles Dickens: poverty, oppression, cruelty, social disruption, justice, personal redemption, and class struggle. Use this in-depth guide, along with the Masterpiece film, to help make this timeless tale come alive.


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