I've taught Literature for almost 15 years now, in private and public secondary schools, to all levels of students. I've taught everything from Wordsworth, Yeats and Frost to Arthur Miller, William Golding, George Orwell and John Steinbeck. Shakespeare is a favorite, as well as the classics.
Essentially, as a teacher fresh out of university, I was horrified by the lack of assistance I was given by my fellow teachers. They went so far as to lock all loose papers in filing cabinets and steal each others notes but not share them! Teaching is hard enough - so why should one have to re-invent the wheel? The units and resources I've listed here are things I've personally taught or was prepared to teach.
Teaching Shakespeare to un-engaged public school teens can be akin to trying to cutting down an oak tree with a cabbage..... so when it takes, when their uninspired eyes register and understand a concept, the world is possible! To bring light to the darkness and to inspire the uninspired is why we all teach in the first place. This is, and continues to be, a 'shining moment'.
An undergraduate degree in English Literature and a masters degree in education.
I teach primarily in secondary (high) schools, and mostly in the top level Literature and English classes. I do have experience with classes as low as year 7 (12 year olds), but it honestly has been almost 14 years since I taught at that level.