Teaching Tip: Shakespeare's Relevance
Your students may think that Shakespeare's works have little relevance for today. Show them that many of the phrases Shakespeare used in his plays are still in use today. Here are some you can use to illustrate this point:
seen better days
the long and the short of it
at one fell swoop
as dead as a doornail
Have your students discuss the meanings of these phrases and how they may have used them. Then have the students find other Shakespearean phrases that are still used today.