ALEX Learning Activity


Shakespeare's Insults

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Natalie Martin
System:Talladega County
School:Charles R Drew Middle School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1104
Shakespeare's Insults
Digital Tool/Resource:
Shakespeare Pro app
Web Address – URL:

The Shakespeare Pro app gives the user access to the text of Shakespeare's complete works, a concordance, a glossary, portraits, quotes, and links to other Shakespeare websites and current news regarding Shakespearean events.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
38 ) Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on Grade 12 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. [L.11-12.4]

a. Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. [L.11-12.4a]

b. Identify and correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech (e.g., conceive, conception, conceivable). [L.11-12.4b]

c. Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage. [L.11-12.4c]

d. Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary). [L.11-12.4d]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.12.38- Identify the meaning of an unknown word or phrase.
ELA.AAS.12.38a- Use context clues to determine the meaning of a word or phrase that may have multiple meanings.
ELA.AAS.12.38c- Identify reference materials and their purposes; demonstrate the ability to use reference materials to find the pronunciation of a word or determine its meaning.
ELA.AAS.12.38d - Verify the meaning of a word using a dictionary.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
16) Present content designed for specific audiences through an appropriate medium.

Example: Create and share a help video for a senior's center that provides tips for online safety.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • create and share a presentation designed for specific audiences through an appropriate medium.
Students know:
  • of the many mediums available to share content, some are more appropriate than others in given circumstances.
Students are able to:
  • design and present content designed for specific audiences through an appropriate medium.
Students understand that:
  • understanding your audience is as important as the content you are sharing or presenting.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
29) Create an artifact to solve a problem using ideation and iteration in the problem-solving process.

Examples: Create a public service announcement or design a computer program, game, or application.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • create an artifact to solve a problem.
  • revise the created artifact once feedback is received from stakeholders.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • ideation
  • iteration
  • problem-solving process
Students know:
  • that problem solving is a process to find the best solution.
  • that through ideation and iteration, the final product or artifact may be a more polished or appropriate solution.
Students are able to:
  • gather initial data about a topic.
  • informally propose a solution.
  • gather feedback on informal proposal.
  • design a solution to a chosen problem.
Students understand that:
  • problem-solving is a process.
  • products or artifacts may undergo many revisions after data is reviewed and feedback is received.
Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • collaborate with other students to create a presentation.
  • explain and define in today's English 5 insulting quotes from various Shakespearean works.
  • communicate the information effectively to the class.
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

Students will create a presentation (iMovie or Garageband) to be shared with the class. They must choose the type of presentation (or the teacher could assign groups to do each type), use the Shakespeare Pro app to identify various insults, choose 5 to analyze and explain in common English (wording of today as opposed to Shakespeare's English), then create the presentation. Students will include images which are associated with each insult, Shakespeare himself, or the work from which the insult came.  

Assessment Strategies:

Students will share the product with one other team for peer review before sharing with the entire class. The peer review will be used to make improvements and/or changes.

Advanced Preparation:

All student and teacher iPads must have the Shakespeare Pro, iMovie and/or Garage Band app installed.

Variation Tips (optional):
Notes or Recommendations (optional):
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