William Shakespeare's Identity Theft: Authorship Debate Websearch

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8th - 11th, Homeschool
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Just like the video I watched many years ago that was supposed to expose the huge secret of Shakespeare's true identity, this assignment sounds a little more exciting than the reality. Not to say it isn't cool. Just not life-changing.

You get basic Shakespeare biography notes taken while watching a PBS or BBC (probably) video. Since I no longer have the video, I can't tell you for sure, but the notes and an quiz and here, so you could always just present using your computer.

The best part is really the 10-question authorship debate websearch. While it uses three sources, the main one is a little wacky. Then again, many of the folks who claim alternative authors are a little out there. However, the debate has been around a long time, and such a debate does not exist for most important figures around Shakespeare's time, so it's a legitimate concern.

Even if your school has moved to no longer reading Shakespeare, this is still an interesting and relevant investigation to research, considering Shakespeare's importance as an influence to other writers. Often used as extra credit or homework, since it was difficult to use a lab day to possibly disprove the importance of an author the kids would rather avoid. Since everyone likes a good conspiracy theory, give this download a try.
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