The goal of the educational outreach is to provide educators with the resources and support needed to make lessons on Shakespeare an engaging and exciting learning adventure for students.
The target audience is educators and students in elementary, middle, and high school.
The following standards are addressed in the educational resources for In Search of Shakespeare:
International Reading Association
Standard 1: Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.
Standard 2: Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience.
Standard 3: Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word-identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).
Standard 4: Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences and for different purposes.
Standard 5: Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing-process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
Standard 6: Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.
Standard 8: Students use a variety of technological and informational resources (libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
Standard 11: Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.
Standard 12: Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).
Standard 1: [The student] uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
Standard 2: [The student] uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing.
Standard 3: [The student] uses grammatical and mechanical conventions in written compositions.
Standard 4: [The student] gathers and uses information for research purposes.
Standard 5: [The student] uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process.
Standard 6: [The student] uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of literary texts.
Standard 9: [The student] uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media.
Standard 27: [The student] understands how European society experienced political, economic, and cultural transformations in an age of global intercommunication between 1450 and 1750.