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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 2b, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Understanding Shakespeare and Launching A Midsummer Night’s Dream

For Teachers 8th Standards
A Midsummer Night's Dream takes center stage in a collection of 18 resources that explore not only William Shakespeare's appeal but also the question of authorship of the plays attributed to him. Eighth graders participate in read aloud...
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Shakespeare Videos

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Actors share insights into some of Shakespeare’s most famous characters, plays, and about Shakespeare himself. Each video in the Shakespeare English Exercises collection has interactive exercise as well as a transcript. Activities for...
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Autumn in High School

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Why do days grow shorter in the fall? Why do the shorter days cause leaves to change color and fall from trees?  What does Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 have to do with any of this? No matter the subject area, you'll find lessons to engage...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 2b: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Comedy of Control

For Teachers 8th Standards
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the anchor text in a three-unit module that has eighth graders examine how Shakespeare develops the theme of control. Young scholars look at why and how the characters seek control and the results of...
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EngageNY Grade10 ELA: Module 4, Unit 2

For Teachers 10th Standards
Shakespeare's Macbeth is the anchor text in a unit that asks readers to consider the role the director plays in the presentation of a work. After a close reading of the play, class members compare how the interactions between the main...
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EngageNY Grade 11 ELA Module 1: How Do Authors Develop and Relate Elements of a Text?

For Teachers 11th Standards
In this three-unit module, juniors examine literary and nonfiction text, observing how authors develop their central ideas. In Units 1 and 2, scholars practice close reading, annotating text, and evidence-based discussions and writing....
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA Module 4: How Do Authors Use Craft and Structure to Develop Characters and Ideas?

For Teachers 10th Standards
Nonfiction and dramatic text take center stage in a three-unit module that focuses on how authors convey and develop central ideas. In Unit 1, E. B. White’s “Death of a Pig” provides sophomores with an opportunity to analyze the...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 2b, Unit 2: Case Studies: “What Fools These Mortals Be”

For Teachers 8th Standards
In Module 2B, Unit 2 collection, eighth-graders finish reading  A Midsummer Night's Dream. They collect evidence of characters trying to control one another and examine how Shakespeare drew on the myth of "Pyramus and Thisbe" in his...
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EngageNY Grade 9 ELA: Module 1, Unit 3

For Teachers 9th Standards
Here's a fresh approach to Romeo and Juliet. Class members conduct close readings of key portions of the text, examine representations of the play in other media, like in Baz Luhrmann's film and Marc Chagall's painting, and participate...
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Crash Course Theater and Drama

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Forsooth! Here’s a collection that has everything you ever wanted to know about the theater and drama—everyone from Aristotle to Chikamatsu, from Moliere to Shakespeare to Williams. From Banraku to Zaju, every type from comedy to...
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Macbeth: A Collection Full of Sound and Fury

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Something wonderful this way comes with a collection of worksheets, lessons, activities, videos, apps, and PowerPoints for Macbeth. Double your resources and save yourself the trouble of curating materials for the Scottish play.
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 2b, Unit 3: Performance Task: Character Confessional Narrative

For Teachers 8th Standards
To conclude their study of A Midsummer Night's Dream, eighth-graders assume the voice of one of the characters in Shakespeare's play and craft a narrative in which the character explains their attempt to control or manipulate another...
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Understanding Shakespeare: "Sonnet 18"

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Give life to a study of sonnets with a plan that models a lovely and more temperate approach to literary analysis. The resource packet includes a carefully scaffolded plan, graphic organizers, a copy of the poem, and everything else...
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Shakespeare's Sonnets 29 & 130

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Use the ideas here for a Valentine's Day activity (or anytime you study sonnets) with your 11th graders. Demonstrate how to analyze a love poem by conducting a think aloud about Shakespeare's Sonnet 29. Then small groups analyze Sonnet...
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William Shakespeare- Mini Biography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Who was this guy anyway? Introduce William Shakespeare with a video biography that provides a brief overview of the Bard's life and works.
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Teaching Shakespeare: Sonnet 73

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
It's that time of year to consider how Shakespeare selects his images and structures his Sonnet 73 to develop the meaning of the poem. Class members examine the rhyme scheme, the indented lines, the conceit, and the images used in each...
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Author’s Craft: The Poetry of the Play

For Teachers 8th Standards
Feel the rhythm! Pupils begin reading Act 2, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as they continue to participate in a drama circle. With discussion, they examine Shakespeare's use of rhyme, rhythm, and meter, analyzing how...
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Elizabethan Sonnets

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Shall I compare this project to a summer's day? Perhaps not, but you might find your pupils making similar comparisons as they work on their own Elizabethan sonnets. The resource includes an assignment page, a clever student example,...
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Shakespeare Was A Black Woman

For Teachers 7th - 12th
"I all alone beweep my outcast state." After a discussion of the "Shakespeare in American Life" segment in which Maya Angelou's relates her reaction to Sonnet 29, class groups create and perform a scene about an outcast that includes the...
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William Shakespeare

For Students 9th - 12th
Is this an interactive resource I see before me? Fret not. Here's a resource filled with sound, and a bit of fury, sure to engage learners in a study of Shakespeare's Scottish play. User can view an interview with Shakespeare, examine...
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Figurative and literal language through the study of Shakespeare

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore figurative and literal language. They study literary devices through short pieces of Shakespeare's work. Then investigate Shakespeare's works and life.
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An Introduction to Sonnets

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Designed for AP English, this presentation begins with the definition of a sonnet, information about the various types of sonnets, as well as a history of the sonnet. Viewers then have an opportunity to apply their knowledge and...
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My Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Curriculum Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
No one knows the whole story surrounding Julius Caesar's death, but William Shakespeare's version of the event is certainly entertaining. A curriculum guide designed to accompany Julius Caesar makes the text even more engaging by...
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Shakespearean Sonnet Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Stanzas, quatrains, couplets. Rhyme scheme, iambic pentameter, volta. Class members conclude their study of Shakespearian sonnets with a project designed to demonstrate their understanding of the key elements of this fixed form of...
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Sixth Grade Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Study some of the most prominent poets and works of poetry in history with a language arts poetry unit. From Virgil to Shakespeare to Dickinson to Angelou, the resources present biographies and examples of poetic elements to the sixth...
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Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Shakespeare

For Students 9th - 12th
For this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, high schoolers respond to 14 multiple choice questions based on various Shakespearean sonnets. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Shakespeare

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay choice questions based on various Shakespearean sonnets. Students may also access an online quiz on the sonnets using the link at...
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Shakespeare's Ugly Women

For Teachers 12th
Spark some provocative discussions about attractiveness and the Elizabethan view of women. What is Shakespeare trying to say about female beauty in Sonnet 130? Do you see anything like this today in modern songs? Writers then come up...
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The Winter’s Tale: Sonnet Strategy

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Combine poetry and reading comprehension with an engaging writing assignment. Readers of The Winter's Tale craft a sonnet in the voice of one of the characters in Shakespeare's play.
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Why Shakespeare Loved Iambic Pentameter

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Spice up your traditional approach to teaching poetic structure with a wonderful animated video, which not only covers such terms as foot, meter, verse, but also stresses Shakespeare's unique use of iambic pentameter to convey emotion...
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Did Shakespeare Write His Plays?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Can we test whether lines ascribed to William Shakespeare were actually written by someone else? Science and linguistics join forces in this fantastic TED-Ed video to help us investigate the theory of whether history's greatest writer...
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Merely Players

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Disguises and role playing are the focus of a resource that uses Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and Henry IV, Part I, to demonstrate how we all play many parts in our lives; how we all are “merely players.” The many...
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Shakespeare Limericks 2

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
These fun limericks all point to a Shakespeare play. You fill in the blank with the title of the play each limerick points to. A creative way to get your readers thinking!
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Why Should You Read Shakespeare's "The Tempest"?

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Why should you read a story about a magician, his daughter, a slave, a monster, a sprite, a witch, and a prince? Find out what William Shakespeare's The Tempest all about and why it is still a worthy read, despite being written over 400...
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Much Ado 2: Fun to Play

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Audiences around the world love Shakespeare. A video and set of accompanying tasks, part of the Shakespeare English Exercises series, discusses how audiences in Japan react to Shakespearean plays. The exercises after the video help check...
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It’s a Wonderful Life: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
George Bailey learns that it truly is a wonderful life when he discovered how many lives he has touched—not to mention how many new generations of lives the story touches every year. A study guide on It's a Wonderful Life  introduces...
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Introduction to Shakespeare's Macbeth

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Since brevity is the soul of wit, your class is sure to enjoy the humor in this brief, student-produced introduction to the Scottish play. The presentation includes a few background notes, a plot summary, information on the major...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 2

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Ta DUM, ta DUM, ta DUM, ta DUM, ta DUM. The force will be strong in the hearts of your young Jedi as they use their lightsabers to strike the accentted syllables in lines from Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New...
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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Allusion

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Consider the biblical allusions in Emily Dickinson's poetry with the seventh of ten lessons in a language arts unit. Learners read "A little East of Jordan" and "Come slowly - Eden!" and discuss the allusions to the original Old...
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POETRY from The Poetry Foundation

For Students 7th - 12th
From Seth Abramson to Fay Zwicky, from William Shakespeare and William Butler Yeats to Monica Youn and Al Young. If you’re looking for poems and/or poets, chances are this free resource, designed for your smart phone or tablet, has what...
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Complexities of the Sonnet

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Discover and identify how William Shakespeare created complex systems within his sonnets using both words and the structure of the poem. To begin the instructor will review the basic structural elements, characteristics, and style of...
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Compose an Original Sonnet

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Two sonnets, both alike in structure, are now the foundations of an assignment that asks young poets to examine the prologue to Romeo and Juliet, as well as "Sonnet 16," and then to craft their own following the rhyme scheme and rhythm...
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Sonnets

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Explore the concept of rhyme scheme within a Shakespearean sonnet. After writing out their favorite (appropriate!) rap song and explaining why they like it, middle schoolers define a rhyme scheme. Afterward, they examine a Shakespearean...
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Reading Shakespeare Sonnet 116

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students examine Shakespearean sonnets as it pertains to the bard and the poet. In this reading Shakespeare lesson, students read Sonnet 116 and review the structure of a sonnet and how it works. Students share their thoughts on love and...
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Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? (Sonnet 18)

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day" provides readers with an opportunity to practice their close reading and analysis skills as they find evidence in the sonnet to respond to a series of discussion questions.
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Listening to Poetry: Sounds of the Sonnet

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate how sound influences meaning in poetry by listening to sonnets. They write an analysis after listening to and reading sonnets.
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Much Ado About Shakespeare

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Lesson ideas to introduce pupils to the life, language, and works of William Shakespeare.
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Straight Outta Stratford-Upon-Avon - Shakespeare's Early Days: Crash Course Theater #14

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Who would've guessed that a boy from the sleepy town Stratford-upon-Avon would grow up to become one of the greatest playwrights of all time? Scholars only know a few details about Shakespeare's early life, but that information is the...
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Fact Sheet: Shakespeare

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When it comes to William Shakespeare, there seem to be more questions than answers! Using the fact sheet, pupils uncover information about the Bard's home and family life, as well as his schooling and career. Readers also learn about his...
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"All the World's a Stage" by William Shakespeare

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players" ... and so begins one of English literature's most quoted plays. Scholars watch a visual interpretation of William Shakespeare's poem "All the World's a Stage" from As...
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Comedies, Romances, and Shakespeare's Heroines: Crash Course Theater #16

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
As a writer, Shakespeare took the genre of comedy to a new level. An informational video outlines the characteristics of Shakespeare's comedies and romances and explains how the plays differed from others during the period. Additionally,...
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Acting Out with Shakespeare: Lesson 2

For Teachers 6th - 9th
As part of the study of Shakespeare’s sonnets, class members study the structure as well as the rhyme scheme and meter of this strict form. Young poets then create their own sonnet.
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Practice with Poetry

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 is the focus of a reading comprehension exercise that asks readers to answer to five questions using evidence drawn from the poem to support their response.
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Preparing for Poetry: A Reader's First Steps

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine denotation and connotation in language, and paraphrase a poem. They read and analyze a sonnet by iam Shakespeare, analyze the attitude and tone, paraphrase a poem, and create a thesis about a poem based on textual evidence.
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Supernatural Shakespeare and Macbeth

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"A drum, a drum! Macbeth doth come."  The withered and wild witches of Shakespeare’s Scottish play launch an examination of the fantastical elements in Act I, scene iii, paying particular attention to the action, imagery,...
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Discussion Questions for Shakespeare's Julius Caeser

For Students 9th - 12th
Do not let Julius Caesar be Greek to your pupils. Rather, make the play a dish fit for hungry minds. Encourage your class members to lend their ears to a series of rich discussion questions so that they can become masters of the play, as...
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Book Titles from Shakespeare

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Many titles of books borrow from other pieces of literature and are often alluding to something within that work. Help your scholars see the ties between different literary masterpieces, especially Shakespeare's plays. Titles of books...
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William Shakespeare: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Welcome to the Globe Theater! Use this PowerPoint presentation to introduce your class to William Shakespeare, his plays, and the theater his plays were performed in. Just basics are provided here, but it provides a nice overview or...
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M.C. Bard: Hip-Hop and Shakespeare

For Teachers 11th - 12th
What is poetry? Does hip-hop qualify as poetry? Do Shakespeare's monologues qualify as poetry? Class members grapple with these questions as they examine the poetic elements and themes presented in different texts. Groups of four study...
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Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet - As You Like It

For Students 7th - 9th
Enhance your lesson on Shakespeare with this poetry activity. After reading lines 139-167 from As You Like It Act II, Scene 7 (provided on the first page), middle schoolers work on a graphic organizer to paraphrase each part of the poem....
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Stratford 1: Shakespeare, Glove Maker

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Shakespeare did not go to university, and that may have been the best decision he ever made. A video, part of the Shakespeare English exercises series, describes the famous playwright's early years in Stratford-Upon-Avon, sharing details...
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William Shakespeare

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
After watching a three-minute video detailing the life of William Shakespeare, scholars take part in several activities designed to show what they know about the famous writer. Learners read a series of eight sentences and put them in...
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Shakespeare: Nonverbal and Verbal Communication

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Define nonverbal communication and view "The Shakespeare Sessions" for examples of nonverbal communication. Groups read through the dialogue of a scene and assign appropriate gestures, movements, and mannerisms to events and characters....
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Playing with Puns

For Teachers 12th
"O pun" the door on this activity. Have your pupils compare the puns and word play in scenes from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to those in Gary Blackwood’s The Shakespeare Stealer. Warm up and introductory activities, as well as...
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Shakespeare Had Vampires?!

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Contrary to the title, William Shakespeare did not include vampires in his plays, but this quiz covers the untimely deaths that many characters do meet. Match characters to their dying words in a multiple-choice format.
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Great Quotes from Shakespeare

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Well-known words from Shakespeare's plays are often quoted, but do you know what play those words come from? Show off your knowledge by choosing the correct play for each quote given. Mostly multiple-choice, a few questions are...
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First Lines from Shakespeare

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
You may know famous quotations from Shakespeare's plays, but do you know how the plays start?All twenty-five questions in this helpful resource consist of the opening lines of a Shakespeare play for which you choose the title. Test your...
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Time for Shakespeare

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Memorable quotes regarding time in Shakespeare's plays are identified in this quiz. The quote is given and the learner chooses which play it is from. A collection of timeless words indeed.
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Who Says What in Shakespeare?

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Use quotes from characters in a multitude of Shakespeare plays to identify the speaker. Some of the questions have hints about the play they come from. Ten multiple-choice questions challenge the Shakesperean reader.
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Songs from Shakespeare's Plays

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Match the lyrics of songs found in Shakespeare's plays to the work they came from. Bonus: sing the songs! You do get to choose from four titles in this multiple-choice quiz, and no, you do not have to sing the songs if you don't want to....
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Name That Shakespeare Quote!

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Which play contains which words? Learners match a quote from one of four play titles. Several questions are fill-in-the-blank, though most are multiple choice. A challenging quiz for your experienced Shakespeare scholars!
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Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream - Comprehension Questions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 89 short answer questions based on acts 1-5 of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Relationship Role Plays from A Midsummer Night's Dream

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Connect a scene from a class play to events in your middle and high schoolers' own lives. First, they act out a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream in pairs. They work to role play a scene as an extension of the one they have read,...
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More Than Mud and Cooties: The Poetry of World War I Soldiers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Poetry is not just for romance. Teach middle schoolers about soldiers' experiences during World War I with poetry written by the soldiers themselves. The lesson includes a simulation activity, a graphic organizer activity, and a...
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Shakespeare Literature Circles Role Sheets

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Tired of those blank stares after your class reads a particularly complex passage from a Shakespearean play? Help high schoolers untangle that prose with a literature circle activity. Ten different roles prompt class members to focus on...
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Shakespeare Notes I: The World in Which Shakespeare Lived

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Who was William Shakespeare? Although your class will surely have heard of him, how much do they know about the time in which he lived? The Renaissance, cosmology, scientific theories of the time, etc. are all introduced here....
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War and Leadership in Shakespeare’s Henry V

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
“Compared to war all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance.” “War is not healthy for children and other living things.” These two views of war, embodied in George Patton’s statement and Lorraine Schneider‘s famous 1966...
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"Music Be the Food of Love:" Found Poetry with Shakespeare and Hip-Hop

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Lines from Shakespeare and from hip-hop artists provide learners with an opportunity to examine the literary devices these artists use to express their ideas about love. Groups use the provided lines to craft found poems, and then the...
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Fact Sheet: Writing Plays

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who were some of the popular playwrights of Elizabethan England? Using the provided fact sheets, scholars research playwrights, explore three different types of plays, and learn about censorship in Elizabethan England. 
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Shakespeare's Tragedies and an Acting Lesson: Crash Course Theater #15

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Who doesn't love a play where most of the characters die? Such deaths are a defining characteristic of many of Shakespeare's tragedies, the topic of an informational video on the Bard and his works. Along with outlining the plot elements...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Days 8 and 9

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How does an author's choice of artistic medium influence an audience? What about how an author chooses to transform original source material? These are the questions class members grapple with as they compare scenes from episode IV...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 4

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Class members have an opportunity to compare how a film and a play handle the same source material by viewing the opening chapters of George Lucas's Star Wars: A New Hope and acts I and II of Ian Doescher's play, William Shakespeare's...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 6

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How can a screenplay create meaning and drama in ways that other forms of writing cannot? That is the question class members must answer as they compare the cantina scene of the screenplay for George Lucas's Star Wars: A New Hope with...
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Shakespeare in Love: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What word has two syllables and means a ray of moonlight? If young readers guessed moonbeam, they are correct! With the Shakespeare in Love study guide, participants test their guessing skills in an exciting game of Shakespeare Taboo...
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Writing Informative Text: Did Shakespeare Write Shakespeare?

For Students 7th Standards
William Shakespeare penned some of the richest and most fascinating works of literature—or did he? Middle schoolers read three brief informative passages and conduct additional research to evaluate the claim that Shakespeare did not...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Days 13 and 14

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How important are sound effects in films? In stage plays? In radio programs? To gain an understanding of the impact of these special effects, class members watch a short video spoof of the sound in a scene from Star Wars: A New...
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English Theater After Shakespeare: Crash Course Theater #17

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Shakespeare may have been one of the greatest playwrights of all time, but many masterful dramatists came after him. An interesting video describes English theater after the Bard, particularly focusing on the works of Ben Jonson and...
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Get Outside and Have a (Mystery) Play: Crash Course Theater #10

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In the Middle Ages, theater left the church of moved outside to a secular stage. An interesting video describes the transition from pulpit to public venue, discussing common plot lines and other aspects of medieval drama. Animated...
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Emmett Till: A Classroom Sonnet

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Who is Emmet Till? An important historical figure, your kids will be shocked by his story! Discover the details of his life and collaborate to write a crown of sonnets in the style of Marilyn Nelson.
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Shakespeare & The Renaissance: Activity Ideas

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Looking for ways to implement the words and works of William Shakespeare into your curriculum? This list of activity ideas is a great starting point, as it covers a wide range of grade levels and a wealth of online references to explore.
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Shakespeare and The Globe

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
A PowerPoint fill-in-the-blanks exam that tests learners knowledge of the life and times of William Shakespeare? Why not? The presentation could be used as a general review or as an introductory activity to assess prior knowledge.
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Shakespeare Quiz 1

For Students 7th - 12th
In this Shakespeare worksheet, students identify the characters in the novels written by the famous author. Students complete 20 short answer questions.
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Shakespeare Quiz 3

For Students 7th - 8th
In this Shakespeare Quiz 3 worksheet, students answer 20 trivia-style questions about Shakespearean plays, then scroll down to check their answers.
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William Shakespeare 1564-1616

For Teachers 7th
Providing a colorful and informative review of information relating to William Shakespeare, this would be a good tool to use as an introductory activity or as a model for student projects. There is an incomplete list of Shakespeare's...
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Shakespeare's Macbeth: Fear and the "Dagger of the Mind"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read and analyze Shakespeare's play, 'Macbeth.' They analyze how Shakespeare uses metaphors, imagery and dramatic cues to demonstrate Macbeth's response to fear, and perform without words a scene dramatizing Macbeth's response...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 3

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
To make the point that there are many forms of language, each with its own purpose, class members select 10 lines from Doescher's play, translate these lines first into contemporary English and then into "SMS/Tweet." 
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Shakespeare’s Sonnets

For Students 9th - 12th
In this poetry analysis worksheet, students respond to 21 short answer questions about Shakespeare's Sonnets 29, 116, and 130.
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Reading Shakespeare: Analyzing a Theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

For Teachers 8th Standards
After finishing Act I, scene 1 from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream class members study the theme of control as it relates to the play, and start an Evidence of Control note-catcher worksheet.
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Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting - Romeo & Juliet Part I

For Students 9th - 12th
Thinking about using Romeo and Juliet with your honors or AP class? Consider showing this video as an introduction and overview to Shakespeare, Elizabethan theatre, and the play. The narrator's obvious scholarship, fast pace, and quirky...
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Reading Shakespeare: Understanding Shakespeare’s Language

For Teachers 8th Standards
Pupils participate in a drama circle to read aloud Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. They work with partners to discuss Shakespeare's use of language and analyze how specific lines of dialogue within the play help propel the...
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Launching A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Universal Appeal of Shakespeare, Part 2

For Teachers 8th Standards
As scholars prepare to read Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, they first read the article "Shakespeare's Universal Appeal Examined" and analyze its central idea. Next, pupils complete Frayer Model worksheets to develop a deeper...
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Listening to Poetry: Sounds of the Sonnet

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students experience and enjoy the sounds of poetry. They erform sound experiments with sonnets and closely read and analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare. Students write an analysis of how sound affects meaning in a sonnet chosen from the...
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Comparative Close Reading Poetry Analysis: "All that lives must die..." - Shakespeare

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" and Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death . . ." are the focus of a series of close reading exercises that help learners develop their skill reading challenging text....
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Henry IV, Part I: Does Father Know Best?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
“Yea, there thou mak’st me sad and mak’st me sin/In envy that my Lord Northumberland/Should be the father to so blest a son--.” Henry IV, Part I, provides the text for a series of exercises that ask class members to examine the...
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The Shakespeare Stealer: Novel Study

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Have you ever been stuck between a rock and a hard place? That is where Widge, a character of The Shakespeare Stealer, finds himself. Readers find out how Widge handles his situation by answering comprehension questions, completing...
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Vengeful Verbs in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
It's time for pupils to read, examine, and contemplate literature to explore the difference between vivid and generic verbs. Pupils distinguish between the two types of verbs as they read the ghost scene from Shakespeare's Hamlet. They...
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Twelfth Night

For Students 9th - 12th
Bring literature to life! While many classes read about works from William Shakespeare, an immersive resource makes scholars part of it. Learners each take a part and participate in the acts, taking a cue from actor directives. 
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Origin of Life

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Aristotle explained the idea of spontaneous generation, a concept which lasted almost 2,000 years before scientists proved it wrong. Scholars learn about the history of our understanding of the origins of life. They read examples of...
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Shakespearean Sonnets

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Introduce writers to Shakespeare and the sonnet. They write a Shakespearean sonnet after reading some examples. They understand Shakespearean meter and form after reading Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day." They then...
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Crash Course in Shakespeare

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce kids to Shakespeare with a packet of activities that has kids examine sonnets as well as scenes from various plays. They even get to translate scenes into modern language and then perform their work.
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Sonnet Explication

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Young scholars analyze close readings of poems, looking up words in the dictionary, and discussing the major parts of dictionary definitions, including word origin and parts of speech. They examine sonnets, then compare/contrast their...
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Rewriting Shakespeare

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Have your learners play around with Shakespeare's language. In this plan, small groups examine and rearrange soliloquies from Othello, noting how the language changes and morphs. All groups have a chance to change each soliloquy, making...
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Shakespeare Limericks 3

For Students 9th - 12th
While this Fun Trivia online quiz has little educational merit, the idea of writing limericks to describe Shakespeare's plays is not only fun, but also has academic value. It's worth taking a look!
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Programs for Shakespeare's Plays

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students design theater programs which show their understanding of William Shakespeare's plays. They design original art to include in the programs.
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Shakespeare 2000

For Teachers 12th
Comparing the more modern film Ten Things I Hate About You to The Taming of the Shrew leads to an understanding of how Shakespearean plots can be applied to modern-day situations and characters. As a culminating activity, groups select a...
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Shakespeare 2000

For Teachers 12th Standards
Young thespians can try their hand at writing a script and acting out a scene, while gaining a deeper understanding of the universal topics presented in Shakespeare's wide array of plays. Begin the lesson by conducting a compare and...
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Shakespeare: First or Last Lines

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Decipher which Shakespearean plays these lines open or close. All that is given in the question is the line along with whether it is an opening or closing line. Four choices of play titles are available to pair with quotes. How well do...
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So Foul and Fair a Play

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students watch various interpretations of Shakespeare's Macbeth in film. In groups, they examine the setting, characters, music and sequence. They compare and contrast the various films and discuss the differences. They write an essay on...
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Shakespeare's Plays in the Movies

For Students 11th
Quite a few movies are somewhat based on Shakesperean plays. Can you match them correctly? The title of a movie is given with four Shakespeare play titles to choose from for each question.
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Shakespeare Limericks: Fun Trivia Quiz

For Students 9th - 12th
Play around with limericks with this resource! This quiz asks participants to identify the name of the play that goes with each limerick. Although it might not be the best tool for your class, the idea is creative. You could create a...
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The Best of Shakespeare...Henry V!

For Students 10th - 12th
Check your readers' understanding of Shakespeare's famous historical play, Henry V. Basic, reading-comprehension questions cover the plot of the story.
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Shakespeare Stealer: Design a Set

For Teachers 5th - 8th
In groups, learners design sets for the play, "Shakespeare Stealer." They sketch a scale model of a set and present it to the teacher, who will choose which group gets to design the entire set. 
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Allusions to Shakespeare in Popular Culture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Send your high schoolers on a scavenger hunt through popular culture (music, television, video games, movies) to find allusions to Shakespeare. They must each provide three to share with the class, and the one they present cannot have...
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Stomping and Romping with Shakespeare

For Teachers K - 3rd
Did you know that Green Eggs and Ham is written in iambic pentameter? Model the rhythm of language using Dr. Seuss’s tale. Direct class members to march about the room tapping their right foot on the first syllable and stomping their...
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Shakespeare Play Summaries in Four Words

For Students 9th - 10th
This online interactive quiz on 10 Shakespeare plays is unlikely to be useful for your class; however, you could use it as a basis for your own assignment that asks class members to come up with four words to describe an entire work. An...
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Think You Know Shakespeare?

For Students 10th - 12th
If you teach a Shakespeare class, this online interactive quiz may be useful as it tests readers' ability to identify the source of 15 quotes from numerous plays.
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Shakespeare's King Lear

For Students 10th - 12th
Did your class just finish reading Shakespeare's King Lear? Test them with these ten multiple-choice questions covering the play. It's a fairly easy, simple quiz.
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Shakespeare Character Analysis Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th
Engage your class in character analysis of any Shakespeare character with this worksheet. Class members pretend that they are reporters and imagine responses that their chosen character would supply for 14 pre-determined questions. While...
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Women in Shakespeare's Plays

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Readers match the name of a female character from a Shakespearean play to the correct play that woman is in. Strong, mostly central female characters are covered.
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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

For Students 11th - 12th
Prove your recall for exact words and numbers with this quiz based on Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night. Though not long, these 10 questions are rather detailed.
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Shakespeare's Macbeth

For Teachers 10th
After reading Act II of The Tragedy of Macbeth, give your class this prompt to complete. One other question is listed along with information regarding the divine right of kings. A full plan is not written out here, but the prompt is a...
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The Second Half of the Play

For Students 10th
Just as the title says, this quiz covers the second half of William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, specifically Acts IV and V. Multiple-choice questions focus on the events and characters.
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"O Beware, Sir, of Jealousy:" Passion and Jealousy in Othello and the Sonnets

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine the difference between Othello's jealousy and his passion. They create tableaux or living pictures to examine the difference between the two as presented in four of Shakespeare's sonnets. They discuss their findings in...
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Twelfth Night

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Whether you choose to include Twelfth Night in your course or whether Shakespeare's comedy has been thrust upon you, be not afraid to incorporate an interactive resource into your study of Shakespeare's tale of loss, love, and identity....
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“Speak, I Charge You”: Macbeth On Your Feet, Not In Your Seat

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
“Is this a dagger which I see before me . . .” As part of a study of Macbeth, class members engage in a series of activities that get them up and moving. Individuals practice, then deliver, a line from the Scottish play. The entire class...
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Shakespearean Comedy on Film

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This lesson plan will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a...
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Women’s Roles in As You Like It

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
“There is nothing that becommeth a maid better than soberness, silence, shamefastness, and chastity, both of body & mind.” This line, from Thomas Bentley ‘s The Monument of Matrons published in 1582, typifies the way women were...
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Poetry Creator | Verses

For Students 2nd - 8th
Construct from a canvas of words, lyrical expressions that your budding poets can share and post.  Based on refrigerator magnet poetry, creative writers can develop their poetry independently, or from a given prompt from their instructor.  
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Man of La Mancha: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It's the end of the sixteenth century in the middle of the Spanish Inquisition when a group of prisoners decides to dramatize the story of Don Quixote. A study guide provides a summary and other important information about the play Man...
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Meter and Sonnets

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In order to fully grasp the poetry of William Shakespeare, it's essential to study the sonnet and its meter and rhyme. Eight slides introduce basic terms like meter, foot, iamb, trochee, spondee, etc. Pair this presentation with a sonnet...
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Hamlet by William Shakespeare

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Even younger kids can understand Shakespeare. Help clear up the confusion surrounding the events in Shakespeare's Hamlet with this easy-to-follow presentation. It provides a basic overview of the issues Hamlet faces throughout the play...
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William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: Fate Versus Free Will

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students relate legends of lucky objects such as a rabbit's foot and principles of Feng Shui to fate and free will concepts that are expressed in Shakespeare's play, "Julius Casear". In small groups, they redesign the palace of Casear to...
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Shakespeare Goes to the Show

For Teachers 8th Standards
Use this lesson plan in your Romeo and Juliet unit. Middle and high schoolers compare, contrast, and critique the written version of the play with modern stage and film adaptations through an oral presentation. Several discussion...
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Much Ado 1: A Beautiful Trick

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Two people hate one another, and then fall in love. The common romantic movie formula first appeared in the play Much Ado About Nothing. As part of the Shakespeare English Exercises series, a video uses the popular play to help teach...
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Juliet 2: Feisty, Funny and Determined

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
One of the reasons Romeo and Juliet remains popular over time is the fact that teenagers relate to the main characters. A lesson, part of the Shakespeare English Exercises series, discusses the character of Juliet. While watching the...
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The English Renaissance and NOT Shakespeare: Crash Course Theater #13

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Believe it or not, Shakespeare wasn't the only British playwright to rise to fame during the Renaissance. Writers other than the Bard make up the content of a video about British theater during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 12

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Class members compare the final 30 minutes of Lucas's Star Wars: A New Hope with Act V of Doescher's play, William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope and consider how the choice of media influences viewers' impression of the...
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Mark Antony’s Oration from Julius Caesar

For Students 9th - 12th
"And Brutus is an honourable man." Or is he? Readers of Shakespeare’s tragic Julius Caesar are asked to identify the rhetorical devices Mark Antony uses in his funeral oration and to explain how these devices influence the audience to...
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Love or Lust? Romeo and Juliet Part II

For Students 9th - 12th
"Do you believe that fate is inescapable, or that people forge their own lives?" This is the essential question at the heart of Romeo and Juliet, according to the narrator of a series on Shakespeare's tragedy. Short but dense, the video...
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"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 15

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
To conclude the study of the play, William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, class members craft an in-class essay comparing Doescher's adaptation to George Lucas's film, Star Wars: A New Hope.
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Writing About Literature Shakespeare and Plutarch

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
The Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay acknowledges a writer's excellence in adapting material found in another source. What do your class members know about adapted resources? Find out with an assessment that asks readers to compare...
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Ophelia, Gertrude, and Regicide - Hamlet II

For Students 11th - 12th
In Part Two of a video course in Hamlet, narrator John Green looks at the gender dynamics in the play. He presents Ophelia and Gertrude as powerful characters and argues that these women do have options that affect the course of the...
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Does Art Imitate Life?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Write what you know, sound advice for any writer and something many famous authors are known to have done. Use these materials to explore how Shakespeare's life influenced his plays. This resource is packed with readings, video segments,...
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All the Globe’s a Stage: Shakespeare’s Theatre

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
“All the world’s a stage,” exclaims Jaques in As You Like It, but it is the structure of the Globe stage and how that structure influenced Shakespeare’s plays that is the focus of an on-line research project. Class members visit a series...
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Shakespeare Crossword Puzzle

For Students 6th - 7th
In this William Shakespeare crossword activity, students read 26 clues about the life and writings of this famous playwright. Students insert their answers into this difficult crossword puzzle.
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"Tear him for his bad verses:" Cinna the poet and Shakespeare's Sonnets

For Teachers 10th Standards
Poor Cinna, the poet. His dream of “things unlucky” certainly comes true as the mob tears him apart, at first because they mistake him for Cinna, the conspirator, and then continue to “tear him to pieces for his bad verses.” As part of...
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Preparing for Poetry: A Reader's First Steps

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students complete poetry analysis using William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130" as a part of a study of figurative language. In this Shakespearean language lesson, students define literal and figurative language and practice paraphrasing and...
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Reading Poems Aloud: Sound and Meaning

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Poems are meant to be read aloud, so why not spend a whole class on poetry reading? This resource offers ideas and a basic outline for a poetry reading activity, as well as a list of suggested poems to read. The resource suggests that...
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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: 'You Kiss by the Book'

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this analysis lesson, students recognize the use of poetic conventions as a principle of dramatic structure after analyzing the sonnetShakespeare created for the first meeting...
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Playing with Shakespeare's Language

For Teachers K - 6th
Students can understand Shakespeare's language using comprehensible input and dramatic play.
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Reading the Play

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students read the play "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare. In groups, they identify the instances of similes, metaphors and personification. They use the Internet to compare and contrast the events in the play with historical facts....
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"Exploring Shakespeare" An Introduction of Character and "Hamlet"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the literary terms "round character" and "characterization" through the play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare. They view and discuss examples of clip art, video, and comic strips, and describe the character traits. ...
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Poetry Group Activity

For Students 10th - 11th
In this Romeo and Juliet worksheet, students complete a group project by creating a poem on an assigned topic relating to themes found in Romeo and Juliet.
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Breaking News: Chinese Writer to Have Shakespeare's Face

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students explore current events by completing a list of worksheet activities. In this William Shakespeare lesson, students identify a resident of China who wishes to undergo plastic surgery to give himself the face of William...
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The Authorship of Shakespeare: “The Shakespeare Shakedown”

For Teachers 8th Standards
Was Shakespeare really the author of all those plays and sonnets? Pupils conduct a close reading of "The Shakespeare Shakedown," by Simon Schama and identify evidence the author uses to support his claims. Finally, they engage in...
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Suits of Woe: Grief and Loss in Hamlet

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
“Thou know’st ‘tis common; all that lives must die/Passing through nature to eternity.” Grief, and the response to grief and loss, is the focus of a series of activities that uses Hamlet as a launchpad. Groups examine Act I, scene ii to...
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The Tempest: Anticipation Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Begin your unit on William Shakespeare's The Tempest with a helpful anticipation guide. Learners read ten statements that connect to the play's literary themes, and note whether they believe the statement is true or false.
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Reading Shakespeare: The Play within the Play

For Students 8th Standards
Scholars continue reading the Greek myth "Pyramus and Thisbe," analyzing why it was written into Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Next, they complete a Venn diagram to compare the two texts. 
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Analyzing How Shakespeare’s Play Draws upon Greek Mythology: Part 1

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars read the story "Pyramus and Thisbe," analyzing word choice, tone, and meaning. They then try to find the gist of the story and discuss how Shakespeare used the myth in his play A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Analyzing How Shakespeare’s Play Draws upon Greek Mythology: Part 3

For Teachers 8th Standards
How do the narrative and play versions of the myth "Pyramus and Thisbe" affect meaning? Scholars reread Act 5, Scene 1 from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and compare its structure to "Pyramus and Thisbe." Next, they use a...
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Personal Narratives: Learning from Lessons Life Teaches Us

For Teachers 7th Standards
"First Appearance," Mark Twain's tale about overcoming stage fright, serves as a model of a personal narrative and gets young writers thinking about milestones in their own lives. After examining student models and considering the...
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Launching the Module: The Universal Appeal of Shakespeare, Part 1

For Teachers 8th Standards
Class members participate in a gallery walk, viewing images of Shakespeare and his plays. Additionally, pupils complete a T-chart to consider the advantages and disadvantages of learning about Shakespeare with images and text.
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Leaving the Play: All’s Well That Ends Well

For Teachers 8th Standards
How does Shakespeare develop the theme of control in A Midsummer Night's Dream? Using the resource, scholars analyze the theme of parental control in the play and in the Greek myth "Pyramus and Thisbe." Next, they talk to partners to...
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Analyzing the Resolution of the Play: World Café Discussion

For Teachers 8th Standards
It's time to get active! Scholars participate in a World Cafe protocol to promote discussion and leadership. They get out of their seats and move from group to group to discuss key questions related to their read-aloud of Shakespeare's A...
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The Merchant of Venice: Anticipation Guide

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Is justice blind? Is love blind? Before beginning The Merchant of Venice, readers decide whether they agree or disagree with statements that encapsulate key elements of the tragic comedy. The class then predicts whether Shakespeare will...
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MTV and Othello

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After reading Acts III and IV of Othello, give your class a fun, interactive, music-related activity. Begin by asking students about songs they have heard in movies or plays. Let them look up the lyrics online and ruminate about the...
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Hamlet Meets Chushingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read texts, view film and video and conduct research in an analysis and comparison of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and the Kabuki piece "Chushingura". They focus their analysis on the theme of revenge.
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Julius Caesar Movie Pitch Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Groups craft a pitch, in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, for a film version of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The proposal includes names and images of actors and actresses they would cast in the major roles, costumes...
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Shakespeare Analysis

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders focus on the Shakespearian sonnet as a form and analyze the sonnet in terms of structure, the particular rhyme scheme of the quatrains and the rhyming couplet, the rhythm of iambic pentameter, as well as any figurative...
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Playing with Puns

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the wit of characters in two plays. In this drama lesson, students read The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary L. Blackwood and Twelfth Night by Shakespeare. Students analyze the puns used in both plays and write essays that...
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The Shakespeare Crowd

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students study the life and times of Shakespeare. They read and analyze one of his plays and use the Internet and videos to gain an understanding of how Shakespeare engaged his audiences, then and still today.
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All that Glitters...with William Shakespeare

For Students 10th - 12th
This Fun Trivia online interactive quiz could be useful if you teach a Shakespeare class; however, its use is limited given that it covers numerous plays and specifically requires identifying works based on quotes referencing gold and...
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Spenser, Shakespeare, and the "Blazon": Lesson 4

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students discuss the meaning and tone of Shakespeare's Sonnet 130.  In this sonnets lesson, students compare Spenser's sonnets to Shakespeare's.  Students discuss specific words that add to the humor in Shakespeare's sonnet, paying close...
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Merely Players

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
“. . . one man in his time plays many parts,/His acts being seven ages.” Jaques famous speech from Act II, scene vii of As you Like It sets the stage for an examination of the roles people play. Class members not only consider the roles...
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Why Should You Read "A Midsummer Night's Dream?"

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Set the stage for a study of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with an engaging animated video that is sure to stoke the interest of readers as it gets to the bottom of the key themes of the comedy. The narrator's arguments...
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Mark The Bard!

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with a packet of cross-curricular literacy lessons and activities centered around two of the Bard's most popular plays, Macbeth and The Tempest. Class members look for evidence of...
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Henry V: Study Guide

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Shakespeare did more than write timeless literary works—he coined words such as moonbeam, fortune-teller, and even eyeball! A study guide for Henry V introduces key words the Bard first used with a fun vocabulary activity, part of a...
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Why Should You Read "Hamlet"?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Romeo may appeal to more romantic students, but the broodier teenagers in your class are bound to relate to the melancholic, inward-facing Hamlet. Show an enthralling video that summarizes plot elements, characterization, and the...
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Shylock: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It only takes one actor to make or break a show. A study guide for Shylock describes a one-man show based on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Lessons connected to the play encourage scholars to create their own scripts based on...
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Beckett, Ionesco, and the Theater of the Absurd: Crash Course Theater #45

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Life doesn't make sense, so theater shouldn't make sense either. A video about the theater of the absurd, the 45th installment of the Crash Course Drama and Theater series, discusses the unique movement in theater history. An overview of...
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Pericles: Study Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Everyone loves a great riddle, right? Everyone except for the characters in Shakespeare's Pericles, who will be killed unless they answer the king's riddle correctly. With the study guide, scholars use words coined by Shakespeare to play...
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Merry Wives of Windsor: Study Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What does the character Falstaff mean when he says "I was beaten myself into all the colors of the rainbow"? Using the Merry Wives of Windsor curriculum guide, scholars unlock meaning by paraphrasing lines from the play. Pupils also...
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Richard II: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Shakespeare loved to write plays about famous kings. A study guide for Richard II explores the drama surrounding the reign of King Richard while reinforcing important language arts skills. After attending a performance of the play,...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 11

For Teachers 9th Standards
The rules for capitalization are strict and inflexible—until you experience the fluid beauty of an Emily Dickinson poem. Ninth graders test their existing knowledge of language arts conventions with the many bent grammar rules in "I Felt...
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The Tempest: List-Group-Label (After Reading)

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Collaborate with your class after reading William Shakespeare's The Tempest with a group labeling activity. As you note key concepts or words from the play on the board, class members suggest associations and connections to each one, and...
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Name That Poem

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students identify and describe different types of poetry and discuss the relationship between the purpose and characteristics of the poems. For this poetry lesson, students are introduced to the main types of poetry. They use a worksheet...
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Working with Shakespeare, the Poet and Dramatist

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the work of William Shakespeare. They survey the elements of comedy and tragedy and read plays and poems. They discuss the texts they read and recite poetry. They dramatize poems with movement and sounds and write poetry...
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M.C. Bard: Hip Hop and Shakespeare

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars compare lyrics from hip hop songs with monologues from Shakespeare's plays, and perform both for the class.
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New York City: Passionate About Shakespeare

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students explore Shakespeare as part of American culture. For this Shakespearean culture lesson, students view video clips about modern theater.  Students read excerpts from Shakespearean plays and other commentaries.
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Shakespeare Shows

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study, interpret, perform, and present various Shakespearean works adapted for middle school Students. They choose a scene from one of the plays covered in this teaching unit to reenact with a group.