Writing Informative Text: Did Shakespeare Write Shakespeare?

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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 write the works for which he is credited.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Design a cross-curricular project between social studies and language arts to connect the historical research and writing elements
  • Incorporate into a unit on one of Shakespeare's plays
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed for seventh graders, but possibly more appropriate for high schoolers
  • Lexile® level 1140L
  • Helpful for both an informative writing project and when working on writing arguments
  • Teacher's guide contains writing rubrics and instructional tips
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