The great bard would be 449 this year (23 April) and still the sound of his iambic pentameter beats out from pages in every English classroom. England’s most famous playwright continues to inspire and enthral with his worlds of tragedy, love and betrayal. We have hand-picked some of the best secondary Shakespearean content in celebration of the literary legend’s birthday.
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Shakespeare – the man
- From birth to death, an extensive and interactive lesson plan collection to trace the scribe’s life.
- Kinaesthetic fun to will facts about William into students’ memory.
- Turn students into super sleuths with this fun Shakespeare treasure hunt.
- A brief introduction to the life of the great playwright, from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
- How much do your students know about ‘the man’ of Jacobean theatre? Find out with this Interactive whiteboard quiz (PPT).
- Guide students from his birth to his theatre, his beautiful prose to his profound insults with this high pressure, race against the clock, research task.
- Remember the bard and walk the boards with this beautifully presented introduction to the man, his style and his world.
- Get students writing to inform and writing to entertain as they become tour guides of the Globe.
- Go back in time to the Globe in its prime, what do students see, feel and hear?
- Introduction to the structure, companies and practices of Elizabethan theatre.
- Extensive presentation on Shakespeare’s linguistic techniques from TESEnglish.
- A fun exercise to de-mystify Will’s words, is each quote from the caped crusader or the sonnet scribe?
- Understand his rhythm, rhyme and style with this guide to sonnet writing.
- Do your students know their Shakespeare from their Eminem? Check with this quick true or false quiz.
- Explore Shakespeare’s insults with some creative language fun.
Playing Shakespeare today
- BBC Class Clips video exploring costume design for 1980s Romeo and Juliet: when skinhead meets rude boy.
- Mirror metaphors are the focus of the set design in this production of Hamlet, from BBC Class Clips.
- A performance scheme of work; sour faces, Shakespearean insults and stage fighting.
- Shortened and simplified script of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for SEN students.
- Adaptation activity for higher ability students- how will they adapt one of Shakespeare’s plays for their contemporary peers?
- Watch extracts of performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and interviews with members of the cast.
- Videos from looking at modern adaptations of Shakespearean classics Romeo & Juliet, and Coriolanus.