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Top 8 Works of Shakespeare for High School Classes


It is important that students are exposed to one of the greatest writers in the English language. These plays are some of the most widely used in high school classes.

1. Romeo and Juliet

Definitely a great play to introduce William Shakespeare to students. They enjoy the love story and pine over the tragic ending.
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2. Hamlet

Brooding, depressed, self-absorbed: terms to describe Hamlet or the teenage years? The themes of this play touch on some important topics for adolescents and adults.
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3. Julius Caesar

Taught in connection with Roman history, Julius Caesar is much more than dry historical drama. Students enjoy the political maneuvering and never forget the 'Ides of March'.
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4. Macbeth

Can Lady Macbeth get the blood off of her hands? Mixing the supernatural with treachery, death, and deceit, this play is sure to please.
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5. A Midsummer Night's Dream

Due to a recent movie starring many stars, this play has rebounded in popularity. Students enjoy the buffoonery of the peasant characters and the interplay of the lovers with each other.
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6. Othello

Shakespeare's play about a moor who while he loves his wife Desdemona is easily swayed into jealousy by his friend Iago. A great way to begin interesting moral discussions with students.
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7. Taming of the Shrew

This choice has become much more popular since "10 Things I Hate About You" was released a few years ago. Students will enjoy the humor and the intrigue.
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8. The Merchant of Venice

So many quotes famous quotes come from this play including the proverbial 'pound of flesh'. Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" allows students to discuss many topics including the relationships between Christians and Jews and the social structure of the times.
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