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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!

 

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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Early Modern English vs Modern English

This resource outlines the major differences between the English Shakespeare wrote – what language historians call Early Modern English – and the English we speak today, Modern English. Includes a short practical activity to deepen understanding, and an answer sheet.

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Swear Like Shakespeare

Get your tongue around Shakespeare’s language with this simple insult generator and develop an understanding of dramatic conflict. An additional vocabulary sheet helps with words no longer in use.

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Macbeth in Context in Spanish

Looking for relevant historical context to the time when Shakespeare was writing Macbeth? This is a short and handy one-page timeline.

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Macbeth in Context in French

Looking for relevant historical context to the time when Shakespeare was writing Macbeth? This is a short and handy one-page timeline.

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Macbeth in Context EFL

Looking for relevant historical context to the time when Shakespeare was writing Macbeth? This is a short and handy timeline including relevant vocabulay.

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Macbeth in Context

Looking for relevant historical context to the time when Shakespeare was writing Macbeth? This is a handy timeline including quotes from the play.

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