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We’ve Got Everything You Need to Teach Online Classes

We see you, teachers. We see the extra work you’re doing to create online lessons, teach your classes remotely, and empower students to learn in this new normal. You are not alone, and we want to help.

The SparkNotes Team understands that students sometimes struggle to engage with classic literature, especially Shakespeare’s works. These struggles are even more heightened in this new age of online classes and social distancing. We want you to have access to a number of tools to ignite your students’ interest and help them dive deep into meaningful works of literature. Our SparkTeach materials are specially designed with you and your students in mind, and can be used in the digital classrooms you’ve created. 

We’ve curated an early sample of student activities from our future SparkTeach program—you can find it right here. Simply open the material you’d like to use and click the “download” button in the upper righthand corner. We have both PDF and Word versions of all materials. You will find suggestions for how to use these in your classroom, and we encourage you to adapt as wanted.

As always, we also have trusty SparkNotes resources for more than 500 books and plays, and regularly update our site with brand new literary content and study support. We hope the resources listed below make teaching a little easier.

To learn more about our future SparkTeach program, check out SparkTeach.com.

We’ve got you covered…

Awesome new resources for your online classroom

No Fear Shakespeare translations for all of the Bard’s most famous plays, and No Fear Literature for famous classics like The Scarlet Letter, A Tale of Two Cities, and more

Full book and section quizzes for all of our SparkNotes (you can find these in the Further Study section of every guide)

Brand new lists of Allusions for our most popular titles (see the Macbeth Allusions section here!)

Suggestions for Further Reading, Study Questions, and Essay Topics included with all our titles (check out the Further Reading, Study Questions, and Essay Topics for The Scarlet Letter)

Encourage your students to take a study break or take one yourself with these beautiful coloring sheets from Millie Marrota and Lulu Mayo

Download the NOOK app to enjoy completely free, brand new content! Indulge your love of quick and easy comfort food with Good Housekeeping‘s Kids Bake and Instant Pot cookbooks, and find amazing style inspiration in issues of Better Homes and Gardens and Esquire. Plus, you’ll get digital copies of The Secret Garden and A Tale of Two Cities—all when you download the NOOK app.

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