Teacher Review For SparkNotes

A good tool for readers struggling with Shakespeare.

Shelly B.
Classroom teacher
Cabell Midland High School
Ona, WV
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I read Shakespeare texts in class to ensure that my students actually encounter the material. However, I have found that guiding students to the "No Fear Shakespeare" section on Spark Notes really helps my struggling readers - both those with low reading skills and those who are simply struggling with the Elizabethan language of Shakespeare.
My Take
I feel that the modern "translation" of Shakespeare helps my students more fully understand the beauty of Shakespeare's work.