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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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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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Shakespeare’s Idioms – Quoting Shakespeare

Although Shakespeare wrote his plays and poems some 400 years ago, many of his expressions are still familiar to us today – we regularly speak Shakespeare without realising it.  Take a look at this short text by journalist Bernard Levin, “On Quoting Shakespeare”.

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Shakespeare’s Interesting Idioms

Shakespeare introduced many idioms and phrases to the English language, which have become almost proverbs by now. Here is a small selection of these, plus some activities to understand and use them in the correct context for language learners (CEFR B2).

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