Plays can be purchased individually, or the entire collection (including the sonnets) can be purchased as one collection. For a class studying Shakespeare, teachers can choose to use this app's version of a play rather than printing copies or using a book. No matter what play or sonnet you're studying, check out the study information section, which is full of fun facts, or the quotes section, which include the ever-popular compilation of Shakespearean insults. Students can take notes within the app and share them with teachers or classmates. Since students can highlight selections, the app can be used for reading the play aloud with assigned parts.Continue reading Show less
The compilation of Shakespeare's works include the full text of 41 plays, 151 sonnets, and six poems. Works are organized in alphabetical order with photo images representing each, and every text is searchable. A searchable glossary provides definitions as well as context for unfamiliar terms, and students can take notes in-app and share with others. Portraits of Shakespeare, along with information about them, are included, as are quotes and insults that can be shared via social media.
The app also includes a passport program to register Shakespeare-related events and a BardFind map showing other related apps. Some related supplementary materials are available at playshakespeare.com.
If you're looking for a digital Shakespeare reader with some solid supporting materials, this app might be for you. However, no analysis accompanies the texts, and while there's a glossary, it isn't linked within the text, limiting this resource's utility and appeal for the newest Shakespeare students. Instead, the learning value here comes from easy access to the plays and the supplementary materials about Shakespeare's life, the theaters, and statistical information about Shakespeare. Students will have to be motivated to analyze and understand the plays and works on their own or through collaboration.
While this app may not inspire new affection for Shakespeare, it definitely has tons of information for the enthusiast. If you or your students love Shakespeare, or you're working with advanced students who'll like this format, give this app a try, but know that it'll take a heavier lift to use this in the classroom with kids who are new to the complete works.
Key Standards Supported
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11–CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
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