The Tempest: Introduction and WebQuest

Contributor: Emily Love. Lesson ID: 10701

"Heart of gold." "Break the ice." Did you know William Shakespeare can be credited for both? His works might seem intimidating, but this WebQuest will prepare you to study Shakespeare's The Tempest!


Literary Studies

learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


As you watch the video below, try to answer the following questions:

  • Why might many people be surprised to see a cast of adults with learning disabilities performing the works of Shakespeare?
  • How do the performers feel about performing these famous works of literature?

Actors With Disabilities Take Center Stage at the Globe Theatre from Elisabeth Brentano:

The works of Shakespeare are well-known around the globe.

Many students find Shakespeare's plays to be confusing or overwhelming because of the dated language and complicated historical references. Furthermore, Shakespeare's plays were written to be performed and not read, which means you have to work harder to visualize the scenes and imagine the action when reading.

Hopefully, as you watched the Blue Apple Theatre group, you were inspired to take on the challenge of Shakespeare's work, because you are going to begin reading and studying The Tempest, by William Shakespeare.

You will need to obtain a copy of the play, and the recommended version for this unit is The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare). Additionally, the unit requires a good deal of discussion with your teacher or parent, because Shakespeare deals with complex — and sometimes controversial — topics.

To begin this unit, you will conduct a WebQuest to learn more about the life and work of Shakespeare; specifically, his play, The Tempest.

A WebQuest is like a digital scavenger hunt. You will receive a series of questions along with a set of links to websites and videos, sort of like clues. You have to use the links to answer the questions.

On a real scavenger hunt, you can only use the clues provided. The same is true with a WebQuest. You cannot go online in search of answers from other sites. Some of the clues are easier to figure out than others, so you will have to practice careful reading to find answers to all of the questions.

When you are ready to hunt, continue on to the Got It? section to prepare for the quest!

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