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All resources regarding: IELTS 8.5-9.0

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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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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