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CERCA Now: Shakespeare


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Try our QuickCERCAs

Additional reading practice, comprehension checks, and discussion questions in under 15 minutes!

CERCA Now Shakespeare 1


Meet William Shakespeare

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CERCA Now Shakespeare 2


Shakespeare’s Other World

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CERCA Now Shakespeare 3


Romeo and Juliet Has No Balcony

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Custom Lessons

Did you know that you can create your own Close Reading & Writing Lessons in ThinkCERCA? 

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Why is William Shakespeare's work still taught and performed today?

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How does "A Midsummer Night's Dream" use a magical setting to talk about real issues?

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Why are there questions about the true origins of Shakespeare's work?

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Direct Instruction Lessons

Try our leveled direct instruction lessons for key skills and concepts. Audio support and comprehension checks are included.


Determining and Tracing a Central Idea Through Details

CERCA Slides

Ready-made interactive lessons providing 1+ weeks of instruction for remote, hybrid, or traditional classroom environments. View our growing list of 60+ CERCA Slide sets.

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Poetry About Ourselves

This set of Cerca Slides is underpinned by the key question, “How do writers use poetry to tell stories about their own lives?”

Students explore point of view, sensory details, and figurative language by analyzing autobiographical poems. Then, students write their own poems on topics ranging from influential figures in their lives to explorations of memory.

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