Here is a great way to interest high schooler's in Shakespeare again! Many student come to me saying they already hate Shakespeare, so there is a huge need for buy in. My old trick? Hook them with a possible "conspiracy theory" approach.
The documentary "Last Will. and Testament" 2013 (originally aired on PBS) is a thorough look into the reason some scholars and thespians continue to pursue the authorship question. With big names, scenes from big budget movies, and high quality production students remain the entire time, despite the incredible depth of the argument.
Use this tool to help students organize their thoughts and start a great whole class discussion. I also use the back to assess their ability to write an argument and support it with evidence.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
To supplement this look up recent news articles on the reassignment of authorship to include Marlowe as the co-author to several Shakespeare plays (happened in early 2017) such as this one