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In the drop down boxes above you can select resources for language teaching or for English teaching in general, or you can choose resources that fall into a particular category, i.e. whether they are play-related, deal with the historical context of Shakespeare’s life and times, introduce Shakespeare’s language, or invite creative responses to topics around Shakespeare and his works. Or you can simply browse our entire bank of fun and flexible classroom resources!

 

Close Reading: The Tomb Scene

Introduce your students to close reading as they look deeply at Romeo’s motivation in breaking into Juliet’s tomb. Students will then get on their feet and perform the scene, based on what they have learned. Teacher instructions and student worksheet included.

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Annotating Macbeth

Have students work together as we dig deeper into the text of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. This three page resource walks students through how to annotate, what to look for, and provides examples of some annotated text.

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Timeline – Shakespeare’s Life and Times

A one page visual representation of the major events in Shakespeare’s Life and Elizabethan England. Designed for printout on A3/Legal paper.

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The Macbeths’ Marriage

The Macbeths are one of the happiest couples in all of Shakespeare, at least at the beginning of the play. Let’s take a look at a short bit of dialogue between them before Duncan’s arrival at the castle and find out in a close reading activity what the way they speak reveals about the state of their marriage and the state of their mind.

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Translating Early Modern English into Modern English

Translate some of Shakespeare’s lines into Modern English to understand the differences between Elizabethan English, also called Early Modern English, and the English we speak today. Fits with the info sheet on Early Modern English vs Modern English.

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Shakespeare’s Language of the Theatre

Shakespeare wrote specifically for the theatre and this activity looks at location, emotion and action in an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet. Good to develop an understanding of writing for the specific context of an Elizabethan playhouse.

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