Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, is not for young children. Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad includes the full text of the play with audio capabilities so students can hear the play performed as they read. The play features drunk travelers washed upon an island by a tempest, and plots to murder several characters. All is well in the end, though, in this "Brave New World that has such people in't."
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- text analysis
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
Shakespeare fans will be enthralled with the clear commentaries and awesome audio. Others will at least find the exploration somewhat interesting.
The depth and breadth of resources offered here is truly impressive. Teens will explore others' ideas and get inspired to generate their own through social discussion.
Tutorials available in the About section are thorough and can also be accessed by clicking the "?" on any screen.
What's it about?
SHAKESPEARE'S THE TEMPEST FOR IPAD includes the full text of the play, audio of the play performed by actors on the London Stage, and tools and resources to promote social reading and discussion of the play. Teens can annotate the play within the app and share their notes with a study group or Facebook group, if desired. They can also read commentary from Shakespeare experts. The app includes links to even more resources to help students better understand and appreciate The Tempest.
Is it any good?
This well-developed resource brings a college-course discussion and lecture to the iPad. The commentary, offered by more than 20 professors from institutions like Bryn Mar, University of Notre Dame, Harvard, and more, actually exceeds what students would encounter in an undergrad course discussion facilitated by one instructor. There is also commentary from actors who have brought the characters to life on stage. Students can take notes while reading the commentaries or reading the play or annotate directly within the text. They have the option of sharing their notes with a study or discussion group. Students can also create a customized MyPath selecting specific parts (or roles or themes) within the play to view for essay writing, test preparation, or part rehearsal.
Families can talk about...
Encourage teens studying The Tempest in school to explore the resources and commentary as a supplement to their class discussions.
Talk about the family relationships in the play -- Prospero and Caliban; Prospero and Miranda -- and how similar or different the relationships are to others.