Follow a scene from William Shakespeare’s original Othello to an interpretation of the scene as realized in Andrew Davies’s television adaptation. Here, Iago/Jago begins to hint of the possibility of an affair between Cassio and Desdemona, planting seeds of doubt … Continue reading

A guide to the story and to the players of The Merchant of Venice. Produced by WGBH/Masterpiece.

The Fridge Magnet Game is part of WPSU’s Blue Ribbon Readers, a collection of seven interactive games designed to help elementary school students gain reading comprehension competencies. The game provides practice with the monitoring and clarifying strategies. It requires students … Continue reading

Edgar Allan Poe was — as all people are — part of the time and place in which he lived. He was also a very sharp observer of the events and people he met, read about, or learned about by … Continue reading

Listen to Aunt Pearlie Sue as she translates a group of English words into Gullah. Gullah is a language. It was developed among Africans as a way to communicate with people from other tribes and Europeans. For years, people thought … Continue reading

Students will create a virtual storyboard to learn to plan the scene sequence of a media production. A storyboard is created to help the director set up the shots. In this activity, the student will click and drag the pictures … Continue reading

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories. … Continue reading

In matters of the heart, aspiring matchmaker Emma Woodhouse believes “A lucky guess is never merely luck. There is always some talent in it.” Is she right? Take the compatibility quiz and find out which of Emma’s men is the … Continue reading

Click on any of the major characters in Tess of the d’Urbervilles to learn more about how they fit in the story, and also about the careers of the actors who portray them. Produced by WGBH/Masterpiece.

Follow a scene from Tolstoy’s original novel, through Allan Cubitt’s adaptation of the scene in his screenplay to the final scene as filmed. How does Cubitt translate Tolstoy’s masterful prose? And how is the aristocratic world of Anna Karenina made … Continue reading

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