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Shakespeare’s Legacy 400 Years Since His Death

William Shakespeare Research Topic via ProQuest eLibrary

William Shakespeare Research Topic via ProQuest eLibrary

Four hundred years ago on April 23, the man whom many regard as the greatest writer ever to write in the English language died.  On that day, William Shakespeare, aged 52, may have breathed his last, but his impact on world literature and everyday life remains.  In terms of today’s social media culture, Shakespeare has been “a trending topic for more than 400 years.”

The Bard, as Shakespeare is often called, was a playwright and a poet.  His works — approximately 37 plays and 154 sonnets — have been translated into every major language.  His plays are some of the most frequently performed around the world.  Theatergoers continue to flock to his Globe Theatre (at least, its third incarnation opened in 1996) in London.  And, as long as motion pictures have been produced, Shakespeare’s works have appeared on screen.  His themes are not complicated, though his words sometimes may be.  His characters are diverse, covering the demographic landscape from star-crossed teens in love (Romeo and Juliet) to a king descending into madness (King Lear).  He was not only a master of the historic, dramatic and tragic but also of the comedic.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing are among his most acclaimed comedies.  Shakespeare’s longevity rests in the richness of his characters, some real and most imagined.

Shakespeare’s sonnets were considered outdated and underwhelming when they were written 400+ years ago, but their impact on literature has stood the test of time.  Who hasn’t read the words of Sonnet 18 — “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” — and been transported by its romantic notion of eternal beauty.  Read all 154 of his sonnets in Great Works of Literature in eLibrary.

eLibrary contains a vast amount of resources related to Shakespeare and his body of work.  Take a look at Shakespeare Quarterly and Shakespeare Studies, scholarly journals focusing on scholarship and criticism of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.  Search eLibrary’s Research Topics for pages on Shakespeare’s plays (15, with more to come) and other interesting topics like Shakespearean authorship.  Research Topics provide an excellent starting point for inquiry.  Read an entire play in The Complete Works of Shakespeare.  Celebrate William Shakespeare’s legacy by diving into these and many more eLibrary resources.

 

Read-Aloud Plays for Teachers and Students

Many elementary school classes like to perform short plays. It helps the students with their reading skills, memorization, public speaking, and more. My daughter’s third-grade class performed a short play for some of the students this year! They performed a Native American play called “The Strongest One.” It was great to see all of the students working together during the performance and having a great time too. They even asked questions to the audience afterwards about the message behind the play–how all things are connected within our environment.

"The Strongest One" Play Performed by Third-Grade Students

“The Strongest One” Play Performed by Third-Grade Students
Image by Jennifer Oms

A great place for teachers to find read-aloud plays for elementary school students is in SIRS Discoverer! You can find a great collection of plays for many different reading levels. From historical fiction to mysteries to fantasies and more. Here are some examples:

The Ballad of John Henry Storyworks

The Case of the Gooey Chocolate SuperScience

The Spiderwick Chronicles Storyworks

And from SIRS Discoverer WebFind, here is a resource for more children’s plays:

ZOOM Playhouse: Act Up and Put On a Play PBS

SIRS Discoverer also has a great collection of fictional read-aloud stories for children such as:

Hannah and the Birdman Storyworks

The Day That Lasted All Night Click

For all our your researching needs, turn to SIRS Discoverer.