Dive into prose that makes Shakespeare come alive today. Even though Shakespeare gets a bad rap in high schools for his complex plots and antiquated language, a quick peek into the rhythm of his words reveals a poet deeply rooted in the way people spoke in his time- and still speak today. Why do Shakespeare’s words have such staying power? David T. Freeman and Gregory Taylor use this Ted Ed talk to uncover the power of iambic pentameter. After the video, students can take an eight question quiz over the concepts in the talk, and then participate in a guided discussion about Shakespearean elements and poetry verse.