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Video resources could be used for whole-class viewing and discussion, as could much of the commentary. Under Resources, kids can access audio for specific scenes performed on the London stage and other locations. Podcasts from the Folger Shakespeare Library, as well as a visual presentation on Watching Shakespeare, can supplement the text.
Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad could be used for one student's independent study, as it is a full resource, but it could work just as well for small groups or whole-class study.Continue reading Show less
Editor's Note: Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad is no longer available for download.
Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad includes the full text of the play, audio performed by actors on the London stage, and tools and resources to promote social reading and discussion of the play. Teens can annotate the play within the app and share their notes with a study or Facebook group if they want to. They can also read commentary from Shakespeare experts. The app includes links to even more resources to help students better understand and appreciate “The Tempest.” Students can also create a customized MyPath selecting specific parts (or roles or themes) within the play to view for essay writing, test preparation, or part rehearsal. Other resources include video clips and presentations to give students context to further their understanding and appreciation of the play.
Students can find many uses for the MyPath feature. The theatre mask icon lets students view one role highlighted, or they can create a custom path that can aid with literary analysis –- perhaps highlighting a certain theme or symbol or literary device throughout the play in preparation for an essay.
This well-developed resource brings a college-course discussion and lecture to the iPad. The commentary, offered by more than 20 professors from institutions such as Bryn Mar, University of Notre Dame, Harvard, and more, actually exceeds what students would encounter in an undergrad course discussion facilitated by one instructor. There’s also commentary from actors who have brought the characters to life onstage. Students can take notes while reading the commentaries or reading the play, or annotate directly within the text.
Key Standards Supported
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
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.