Shakespeare's Language: What's the Meaning?

You needn't be an actor to stage this exercise in reading comprehension. Kids examine Jacques's "All the World's a Stage" speech from Act II, scene ii, of As You Like It, and explain the literal meaning of the figurative language. There are only three stages, rather than seven, to this worksheet.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • The exercise can be used to model how to interpret figurative language or as an assessment
Classroom Considerations
  • The exercise assumes readers have experience translating Shakespeare's figurative verse into literal language
  • Designed to address Common Core standards
  • An answer sheet is included
  • None
Common Core