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Teaching Romeo and Juliet?

For teachers introducing the play "Romeo and Juliet".

This link offers a version that you can read online, as well as downloadable versions for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch or Kobo (epub),  a Kindle format, as well as a version you can download and read on your laptop or desktop machine (html)

Below is a link to a playlist of a movie version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1954)
Some of the text of the play has been chopped up, but it gives a feel for the action of the piece.

Here's an audio version, in parts (Librivox)


In the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare for Students) Ed. Anne Marie Hacht. Vol. 3. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2007. p764-787.(Work overview, Character overview, Plot summary) Students will need ID and password for home access.


Romeo and Juliet's Excellent Working Relationship. By: Wiggins, Hugh J., Plays - The Drama Magazine for Young People, 00321540, Apr2010, Vol. 69, Issue 6
Students will need ID and password for home access.

Romeo & Juliet. By: Shakespeare, Will, Scholastic Scope, 00366412, 9/7/2009, Vol. 58, Issue 1
An adapted version of the play in modern English
Students will need ID and password for home access.

Romeo and Juliet. By: Shakespeare, William, Plays - The Drama Magazine for Young People, 00321540, May2008, Vol. 67, Issue 7  Dramatized Classic (Upper Grades)
The greatest love story of all time… Adapted for round-table reading by Lewy Olfson
Students will need ID and password for home access.

Romeo and Juliet. Scholastic Action, 01633570, 2/6/2006, Vol. 29, Issue 9
Their families hate each other, but Romeo and Juliet are in love. Can they find a way to be together? Read our adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous play to find out.
Celebrate VALENTINE'S DAY with this classic tale of love and grief.
Students will need ID and password for home access.


Side by Side Modern English version

Study guide:


Cellphones - "the new paper and pencil" - Webinar

Cellphones as Instructional Tools

This webinar was streamed live on Thursday, July 23 @ 4 p.m.
Click here to view/download a video of this webinar (43MB|MP4) (60 mins)

Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation.
Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation in PDF format.

Cellphones have been called "the new paper and pencil" or "the new laptop," and they could be in the hands of as many as 10 million to 15 million schoolchildren in the next few years. For their instructional potential and ability to connect students to the Internet, mobile devices are quietly making their way into schools in the United States and abroad. What does your district, school, or classroom need to make this technology leap? Guests will discuss policy and implementation issues and offer practical curriculum ideas for every subject.

Related Content:
Elliot Soloway, professor, School of Information, School of Education, and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan
Liz Kolb, education technology instructor, University of Michigan and Madonna University; author, Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education
Ron Myers, principal, Trinity Meadows Intermediate School, Keller, Texas

Click here to view the on-demand event.
(This will require a free registration to view the Webinar.)


eBooks and eReaders in School

Here's a compilation of links and articles on eReaders and eBooks.

This LiveBinder site was created by Wendy Stephens and Carolyn Starkey for the Alabama Library Association Convention 2011. It is available at: 

Masters of the info universe

"(CNN) -- Librarians, information specialists, knowledge managers or whatever title a librarian might have -- their skills are in high demand. And, though you might not know it, they are everywhere.
And so in their honor during National Library Week, we enjoy the following tidbits of information...."


Michael Feinstein's "American Songbook" PBS

The Great American Songbook Archive began when Michael Feinstein was a boy.  He discovered the music of George and Ira Gershwin and began collecting; and for more than 30 years, he has amassed a collection, and encyclopedic knowledge about its contents, that is considered among the most extensive in existence.

Here is a list of just a few of the songs and stories behind the songs that we have sung to, played to, marched to, and cried to:


Resources for teaching poetry

Young Poets is a project of The League of Canadian Poets, Canada's professional poetry organization. We are a non-profit organization working to promote poetry in this country and to promote Canadian poetry around the world.

"What makes a good teacher?" -Hour One - Sunday Edition CBC

CBC- The Sunday Edition - April 10 - 2011 Show

"What makes a good teacher? How hard is it to communicate with students concerns about, for instance, cheating and other issues? How can a teacher excite, energize and engage young people in their hunger for knowledge?

Nick Mount is one of the best teachers in Canada. Students love him and crowd his lectures by the hundreds. Professor Mount, who teaches English at the University of Toronto, sees teaching as an act of ennoblement, an invitation to students to become part of an intellectual conversation. For Nick Mount and his students, the formula works."
(Interview with him starts at about 14min. mark)

A conversation about quality education in Hour One.

Lessons from PBS - Nature

Lessons on a variety of topics feature web-resources, lesson outline and streamable/downloadable video clips to enhance instruction.

The brief video segments can be used alone or in combination, to introduce a topic or to spark discussion among your students. The video segments can be adapted for any grade level. Stream the video segments from the playlist below, or scroll to the bottom of the page to find downloadable QuickTime versions of the videos.

Science Flash Games - High School features a number of short flash games, mostly for Chemistry, that include a detailed explanation of the principles involved.

Student-created "Element" videos (Chemistry)

The Chemical Heritage Foundation sponsored a contest asking students to submit an original video explaining or featuring an element. More than 1,000 students from 36 states submitted nearly 700 videos to It’s Elemental.  Click here to view the winners.

Teachers may want to sonsor their own independent film festival!
chemistry, elements, videos

Cloud Forests of Costa Rica

Canopy in the Clouds is designed to partner emerging professionals in science, photography, and cinematography to create the next generation of environmental outreach materials.

The project seeks to:

  • Promote conservation through educational media delivered in an innovative and engaging manner.
  • Inspire young scientists by sharing our passion and excitement for carrying out science.
  • Engage people in the beauty, biodiversity, and importance of tropical montane cloud forests from the perspective of the forest canopy.
Find out more, explore the forest, view teaching materials, etc.

Making use of ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink's mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

Recently RWT has posted a series short video demonstrations that focus on various features of the site.

For example: learn how to quickly find resources on the ReadWriteThink site for your grade level.