Shakespeare Literature Circles Role Sheets

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 different parts of the text and different reading skills throughout any of William Shakespeare's immortal plays.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use all ten roles in larger groups, or choose the most helpful roles that you'll need for smaller groups
  • Encourage literature circles to present the results of their discussions in key parts of the plays
  • Adapt the lesson to plays or novels by different authors or in different genres
Classroom Considerations

  • Some roles require higher reading levels than others; consider differentiating the activity by assigning roles according to reading and skill level within your groups
Pros

  • Each role encourages learners to think critically about the text
  • Fosters both independent study skills and collaborating learning
Cons

  • None