Teaching M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Bergeland, John

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser;


This literature review seeks to reveal identifiable trends that indicate effective methods for achieving learning targets through the use of Shakespearean texts. Thirty studies concerning the use of these texts in the classroom context were reviewed and the methods were classified into three categories based on the Common Core English/Language Arts Reading Anchor Standards: Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas. The results indicated that activities involving performance-based pedagogy should be implemented when learning targets concern literary analysis. Activities involving close reading should be implemented when learning targets concern linguistic analysis. This project also highlights the need for more rigorous data collection for the purposes of bolstering the educational literature and instructional application.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis