Lesson Plan

Things We Say Today And Owe To Shakespeare

Students will learn how to research the origin of expressions and etymologies of words.
Ron M.
Classroom teacher
Fort Lauderdale High School
Fort Lauderdale, United States
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies

Students will be able to...stop and research facts behind beliefs and opinions—to really THINK about the written and spoken word.

Students will be introduced to specialized ELA tools such as:


English Language Arts
Grades 8 – 12
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Select a commonly used saying (referenced to Shakespeare).

Teacher provides the URL in the LMS assignment, plus rewritten instructions from the Student Instructions provided here. Teacher rewrites to personalize for a specific class population.

Student Instructions

Student reads the NPR article, then chooses a phrase that interests him/her.

Perform a restrictive internet search query to discover the accuracy of the source to Shakespeare.

Locate the exact source of the quote, cite the references (Shakespeare, digital source, URL)

Comment on the accuracy of the expression (does it retain original meaning, or was it modified to the common understand we have today?).

Repeat this process for 3-5 quotes.