I just finished writing UbD units for Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet at the UbD Educators wiki. As I finished writing the unit for Hamlet and saved the page, I lost half the work I had done, and I am still not sure how it happened, so I had to re-do it. Word to the wise — when working with anything you’re doing online, save and save often. When, oh when will I learn to do that?
In order to successfully steal the Hamlet unit, you’ll need to purchase a copy of Shakespeare Set Free: Teaching Hamlet and Henry IV, Part 1. I have the edition published in 1994, and I haven’t seen the latest edition, so if you know the difference between the two editions and would care to share in the comments for interested parties, I would appreciate it. I think the Shakespeare Set Free series is a great resource for educators, but I don’t do all of the performance activities.
While we’re discussing good resources for teaching Shakespeare, don’t forget the Folger Shakespeare Library’s website, which has a large repository of lesson plans contributed by teachers. If you can get them for your classroom, the Folger Shakespeare editions of the plays have pretty good explanatory notes and glossaries, too. A Way to Teach has a great selection of Macbeth lesson plans and Tempest lesson plans.
If you are looking for Shakespeare video, you might check out Shakespeare and More over at YouTube. They have a large selection of Shakespearean video. Speaking of video, if you were looking at older posts about teaching Romeo and Juliet, you will have noticed the videos don’t work. I’m sorry about that. I’ll need to go back and revise the posts so that the video isn’t necessary, as the videos are no longer available at YouTube.