TES English Ask Shakespeare

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Classroom resources index

This collection of resources was created to celebrate Ask Shakespeare Day which took place on February 2, 2011 but with Shakespeare’s Birthday on April 26 there are some fantastic resources to help celebrate the birth of the Bard!

General teaching resources

Shakespeare for all ages and stages

Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare 101 - Things to Do

Shakespeare’s Language

Shakespeare’s Sonnets - A Wordle

Key stage 3 teaching resources

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Activities Part One

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Activities Part Two

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - The Theme of Love

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - The Quarrel

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - A Wordle

Macbeth Plot Summary - The Simpsons

Macbeth - Woosh!

Macbeth - The Witches

Macbeth - Ali G Style!

Key stage 4 teaching resources

Macbeth - The Role of Lady Macbeth

Macbeth - The Role of the Witches

Macbeth - Relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth & Theme of Evil

Othello - A Wordle

Romeo and Juliet - RSC Education Pack

Romeo and Juliet - Character Sort

Romeo and Juliet - Conflict Scheme of Work & Resources

The Merchant Of Venice - Range of Activities & Tasks

The Tempest - Range of Activities & Tasks

Twelfth Night - RSC Education Pack

Key stage 5 teaching resources


Hamlet - Minds Under Stress

Hamlet’s ‘To be’ Soliloquy - A Wordle

King Lear - RSC Education Pack

King Lear - Themes and Imagery

Measure for Measure - The Low-life Characters

Measure for Measure - Literary Context and Critical Analysis

Much Ado about Nothing

Othello - Range of Activities & Tasks


Macbeth - Audio MP3 Podcast

King Lear - Audio MP3 Podcast


The Tempest - Drama Strategies

The Tempest - Bolsover School

Much Ado - In the Classroom

Much Ado - Brays Grove

Richard III - RSC Approaches

Richard III - Denbigh High

Romeo and Juliet - Out of the Classroom

Othello - Ways into the Text


What is Ask Shakespeare Day? 

On February 2, 2011 the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust asked Shakespeare organisations, enthusiasts and scholars and professionals worldwide to sign up and join us on the AskShakespeare panel through their twitter accounts. On February 2, 2011 this panel answered hundreds of fun and factual Shakespeare questions, offering advice and support to the teaching community.

To find out more, or if you would like to get involved with Ask Shakespeare, you will have to do just that and Ask Shakespeare!


Why February 2? Well we were looking for a day that would have meant something to Shakespeare and 2 February scores on two counts. On February 2, 1585 Shakespeare’s twins were baptized, Hamnet and Judith. And on February 2, 1602, Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, about twins Viola and Sebastian played at London’s Middle Temple.