High schoolers explore monologues of Shakespeare and the structure of the Globe Theatre. They participate in a Shakespeare phrase guessing game, examine a diagram of the Globe Theatre, and read and discuss monologues from Shakespeare.
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Shakespeare's Sonnets 29 & 130
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...
10th - 12th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Designed
Vocabulary Study: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Come, see, conquer the language in Julius Caesar with a resource that lists the SAT words that appear in Shakespeare’s play. Templates provide definitions and derivations, as well as famous lines. The packet also includes an AP style...
9th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Teaching Shakespeare: Sonnet 73
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...
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
A Need for Sleep: A Close Reading of a Soliloquy from King Henry IV, Part II
Gentle sleep eludes poor King Henry IV. Uneasy under the weight of his responsibilities, Henry contemplates the darkness of the night and in his soul. To develop their skill reading difficult text, class members engage in a close reading...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Shakespeare & The Renaissance: Activity Ideas
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.
3rd - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Why Shakespeare Loved Iambic Pentameter
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...
5 mins 7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Did Shakespeare Write His Plays?
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...
4 mins 6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable