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319 resources with the keyterm william shakespeare

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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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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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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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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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Macbeth Study Questions: Act II

For Students 10th - 12th
Give your class this comprehensive reading guide for Act II of Macbeth. The act is divided into scenes, and questions are marked with specific line numbers for easy reference. Readers recount plot events, delve into the characters, and...
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Macbeth Study Questions, Act 3

For Students 10th - 12th
Encourage a deeper analysis of Macbeth with this study guide. Created for Act Three, this set of questions requires the readers to revisit the text and use specific examples in their answers. With these questions, readers are explaining,...
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What a Character! Comparing Literary Adaptations

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What do Robert Downey Jr., Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Fritz Weaver, Roger Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daffy Duck have in common? Why, it’s elementary, my dear Watson! They all have portrayed Sherlock Holmes. Literary detectives...
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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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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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Romeo and Juliet Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
True, I talk of projects, projects which are the children of engaged brains, begot of fantasy, full of substance, wonder, and imagination. Conclude a study of Romeo and Juliet with projects 'twill serve to synthesize and demonstrate...
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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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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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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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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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Anticipation Guide for Much Ado About Nothing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Is falling in love easy or hard? Challenge your class to consider seven statements about love and relationships before reading Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Then, as you work your way through the play, revisit the sheet to record...
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Measure for Measure: DRTA Strategy

For Teachers 10th - 12th
“The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?” Prediction, verification, judgment, and extensions of thought are all part of a Directed ReadingThinking Activity (DRTA) developed for Measure for Measure. The rationale, assessments...
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Characterization in Hamlet

For Students 10th - 12th
Before you start Hamlet with your class, provide your class with this two-page graphic organizer. Then, as your class reads the play, they can record character traits and specific quotes as they develop characters like Hamlet, Queen...
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Themes and Motifs in Macbeth Act Three

For Students 11th - 12th
As your class reads Act III of Macbeth, give them this two-page worksheet. Focusing on themes and motifs, they record quotes from the act that represent each of the topics provided such as ambition or manhood. 
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"Whose (Is)land is This?": topics in Immigration and The Tempest

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Class members compare the ways the subject of immigration is treated in The Tempest, Act I, scene ii, Act II, scene i and Act III, scene ii with patterns in American history. After tracing their own family’s journey, a series of...
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Macbeth: Act IV Study Questions

For Students 7th - 12th
The value in this Macbeth study guide is that it asks readers to not only chart events, but to also consider the significance of those events. The worksheets could be used as preparation for a full class discussion or the basis or a...
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Macbeth Study Questions, Act V

For Students 11th - 12th
What do we learn from Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking? As readers dive into Act V, provide them with this reading guide. Questions are provided for each of the eight scenes of Macbeth to help readers make sense of specific lines of text. 
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Measure for Measure: Anticipation Guide

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Be bold and never fearful! Tempt your scholars with an Anticipation Guide for Measure for Measure. Before reading Shakespeare’s problem play, class members label a series of statements as either true or false in their opinion. (It’s okay...
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Romeo and Juliet-Different Time and Place

For Teachers 9th
Encourage your class to make Romeo and Juliet their own. Groups of three to four people choose an alternative setting and create a soundtrack and costumes before acting out one scene. Not many directions or explanations are given, but...