Richard III

Explore Shakespeare's Richard III includes a variety of activities and discussion questions to stimulate students' reactions and responses to this history play. The complexity of background information, the quick shifts of action, and the large number of characters makes this play appropriate for high school students who need a challenge.
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Shakespeare's Richard III

Bibliography and other literature dealing with the themes of Richard III

Ideas of Political Order and Government

Selections from:

Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan.
Jefferson, Thomas. The Declaration of Independence.
Locke, John. Two Treatises of Government.
Machiavelli. The Prince.
More, Sir Thomas. Utopia.
Plato. The Republic.
Voltaire. Candide.

Villains in Young Adult Novels

Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War. Dell, 1986.
Crutcher, Chris. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. Dell, 1995.
Duncan, Lois. Killing Mr. Griffin. Dell, 1990.
Golding, William. The Lord of the Flies. Putnam, 1954.
Hobbs. Will. Downriver. Atheneum, 1991.

Professional Resources

Gibson, Rex. Teaching Shakespeare. Cambridge University Press, 1998.


Jeanne M. McGlinn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, teaches Children's and Adolescent Literature and literacy courses for K-9 certification candidates. She is the coordinator of the Classroom Materials Column of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and a frequent reviewer for this journal as well as The Alan Review and Voice of Youth Advocates. She is currently working on a book-length study of historical fiction writer, Ann Rinaldi.

James E. McGlinn, Chair and Associate Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, teaches methods of teaching and reading courses. He has taught high school English, and his research interests currently focus on motivating and increasing the reading achievement of students in middle school.


W. Geiger Ellis, Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia, Department of Language Education, received his A.B. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and his Ed.D. from the University of Virginia. He has been active in teaching adolescent literature, having introduced the first courses on the subject at both the University of Virginia and the University of Georgia. He developed and edited The ALAN Review from 1978 to 1984. His research has had heavy emphasis on the content of literature instruction.

Arthea (Charlie) J. S. Reed, Ph.D. is currently president of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN). She is the author of three books in the fields of literature and teaching: Reaching Adolescents: The Young Adult Book and the School, Comics to Classics: A Guide to Books for Teens and Preteens, and Presenting Harry Mazer. In addition, she is the author or co-author of numerous books in the fields of foundations of education and teaching methods. She was editor of The ALAN Review for six years and has co-edited the Penguin/Signet Classic teacher's guide series since 1988.

In May 1996, Dr. Reed retired after 17 years as a professor of education and six years as chairperson of education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. After nearly 30 years in teaching at the elementary, secondary, and college/university level, she is now pursuing a new career in education as Executive Director of Development and Education for Northwestern Mutual Life in Asheville, N.C. Dr. Reed and her husband Don live with their two dogs and a cat on a mountaintop in Fairview, NC

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