It's all about the words! Words! Words! Go, Bard, go!
Students have just finished their work on "illuminating" Shakespeare's sonnets. Teeth-grinding patience was needed as Microsoft's PowerPoint was wrastled to the ground. All fawning adulation to Prof. Stephen Booth from Berkeley, and Joseph Scotese from Whitney Young Magnet School. This page and the illuminated texts are best viewed using Microsoft Internet Explorer, not Firefox.
Folger Shakespeare Library
My School

The Tempest
Lesson Plan
Primary Source Study
Illuminated Sonnets
Sonnet 105
Sonnet 9
Sonnet 52
Julius Caesar
Lesson Plan

Borrowing from Mr. Scotese's ideas on using PowerPoint to illustrate the words of the sonnet to unlock their meaning, I worked for 2 weeks with my students to "illuminate" twelve sonnets chosen at random. See what happened!
I spent most of my time here at the Teaching Shakespeare Summer Institute working with amazing people, creating lesson plans, and reading really old books. What an intense, wonderful month!
Or at least check out his digs at Stratford-upon-Avon!