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Webhunt Questions for Shakespeare Online: Fun Lesson Idea

written by: Trent Lorcher • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 2/17/2012

Send your students on a webhunt to search for accurate Shakespeare information. Use these sample web research questions and brag to your friends that your students actually know Shakespeare was not born in 1986.

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    Good Online Resources

    Unfortunately, the new Shakespeare Online is rarely updated and contains so many irrelevant links that it's not worth the time. Bardweb.net, although not as extensive, is more reliable. Enotes and absoluteShakespeare.com are pretty good too. Another good resource is Shakespeare's Globe Theater.

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    Website Questions

    These questions can be answered with a simple Google search. The above mentioned sites are a good place to start for noninternet savvy students.

    1. Provide the following biographical information on William Shakespeare: birthdate, birthplace, his first school, Shakespeare's parents?
    2. List five histories, five tragedies, and five comedies Shkespeare wrote.
    3. Write a 3-5 sentence summary for one play from each category.
    4. What is the theme of sonnet 60?
    5. List five Romeo and Juliet essay topics.
    6. Take a Shakespeare Quiz. Record your score.
    7. Write down the web address of five different Shakespeare websites and give a brief summary of what each contains.
    8. How many sonnets did Shakespeare write?
    9. What is the opening line to Sonnet 18?
    10. Why did Shakespeare's theater close in 1592?
    11. What was Shakespeare's first play and when did he write it?
    12. What were the names of Shakespeare's twins?
    13. What was Shakespeare's first published play?
    14. List at least one famous quote from 10 different plays.

Understanding the Bard

In addition to sounding pretentious, using "the Bard" as part of the title of my understanding Shakespeare lesson plans draws attention to the fact that there is more than one understanding Shakespeare lesson plan and that you should click on the one you haven't read.
  1. Strategies for Understanding Shakespeare
  2. Julius Caesar Lesson Plan: Analyzing Speeches
  3. Webhunt Questions for Shakespeare Online: Fun Lesson Idea
  4. Strategies for Teaching Classical Drama
  5. Teaching Summarizing: Strategies in the Classroom