An activity where students create their own Shakespearean insults and learn a little about the language. This lesson was designed to form part of an introduction to A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.
These sheets are all you need to create a challenging yet enjoyable lesson. Kids love this task as it enables them to legitimately insult one another whilst following thes elearning objectives:
1) How to write and Shakespearean phrases, use new vocabulary, use the grammatical structures and create word coinages.
2) Mastering the archaic vocabulary with their partners.
3) How to deliver short but effective lines dramatically, ad-libbing and varying according to context.
I've used this with boys studying 'Henry V' (English troops insulting French ones and vice versa) with girls students studying 'Richard III' (Lady Anne and Richard trade insults) - and for students of 'The Tempest'.
Students can, if they wish, adapt their language choices for a particular play. Caliban and Prosero's language is a mix of magical and eloquent for Prospero, with more nature-themed curses for Caliban, whereas the historical plays can bring in more historical, supernatural and military language.
A fun way into Shakespeare. Can be used for The Tempest and Romeo Juliet. Encourages students to explore the fun side of Shakespearean language and how it can be used for effect. Also looks at how important Shakespeare is to the development of the English language. Aimed at year 8 students, but can be easily adapted for older students.
A great list of insults to create a starter for introducing students to the language of Shakespeare. I get students to share them with each other and deliver them with gusto the ask them to create some of their own to have the own ‘battle of wits’.
This is the BEST way to introduce Shakespeare's language to children. They love it! I often start with a group of children who say they will never be able to speak Shakespeare's language and end with children wanted to take this resource home to use in their own time. The best part of the lesson is using this as a teacher vs pupil argument - the only time the children have permission to argue with you!
A set of twenty four Shakespearean insults with the play citation.
Not seen on the preview, but on the mock up of a display board: they are presented with aged paper as a background and the pack includes a Shakespearean Insults header page.
I have found them to be a really useful way of engaging students with Shakespeare. My students had lots of fun using Shakespeare quotes to insult eachother and me (in a light hearted way of course!)
I would suggest cutting the insults into individual strips for your display.
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ROMEO AND JULIET Shakespearean Insults
PLAY: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
LEVEL: middle school (junior high), high school (secondary)
COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9
This resource can be purchased as part of ROMEO AND JULIET Unit Teaching Package (by William Shakespeare).
Shakespeare can feel like a different language to students, and that can be a hindrance to them wanting to try. This activity is a great way to help them get more familiar with the language of the day when Romeo and Juliet was written.
Students will look at three columns of Romeo and Juliet vocabulary and combine them into some dashingly witty insults. And once they're having fun with that language, then we're ready to start reading Romeo and Juliet.
What's that, you say? You think we're peevish horn-mad jack-a-napes?
Watch it, we just might bite our thumbs at you! :)
Enjoy Romeo and Juliet!
Overview: In this lesson, students will learn how to create a 'Shakespearean Insult Generator' using Python
• Understand and use sequence in an algorithm
• Understand and use iteration in an algorithm (FOR and WHILE loops)
• Understand and use selection in an algorithm (IF, Else and Else if)
• Understand and use data structures in an algorithm (for example, Lists, Tables or Arrays)
A lesson for KS3 English which tackles the fascinating subject of Shakespearean insults and applies them in the context of characters from Much Ado about Nothing (or any other of Shakespeare's plays with a little editing).
Activities are differentiated by outcome and resource with additional literacy support materials within. All my lessons include printable work sheets/resources within the PowerPoint itself.
This single lesson is aimed at low ability KS3 students and focuses upon introducing Shakespearean words through insults in order to increase familiarity and confidence.
Lesson includes a PowerPoint, glossary and a worksheet.
This Shakespearean Insults Worksheet Pack contains some great insults and witty comments from five different Shakespeare plays, a ‘Which Character Said This?’ mini quiz (plus answers!) and a fun Shakespearean ‘insult generator’! It’s a great worksheet pack for exploring Shakespearean language and works well as an independent study pack or a whole class worksheet activity .
This is challenge to write a Shakespearean insulter.
This challenge involves basic manipulation of strings using the split() and strip() methods and handling of text files. I have included a copy of the PySimpleGUI library that allows students to add a GUI interface really easily. Just remove the .txt extension and add a dot to make it .py and import it, it shouldn’t be run directly. Other python files will need similar treatment, the file insults.txt is the data file and should be left as is.
Some extensions include asking the user for their name and personalizing the insults such as "Fred thou art a … " and issues about managing vowels can arise.
NB: The numbering system does not indicate difficulty or order of teaching, it just helps me keep track. Python files will have had their extension changed to facilitate uploading, usually I incorporate the original py ending into the filename so these can be distinguished from data files etc.
"Do you bite your thumb at us sir?" Ever wandered how to insult someone in Shakespearean? A great resource that guides student into flagging, noticing and assessing creative English language. Fantastic for extended essays and critique writing assignments.
Warning: This simplified word sudoku is for those who find the usual Valentine’s fare far too saccharine. It features 6 decidedly unsentimental Shakespearean insults:
1 Thou dost infect mine eyes! RICHARD III, ACT I, SCENE II
2 Light of brain! OTHELLO, ACT IV, SCENE I
3 Thou art a … plague sore! KING LEAR, ACT II, SCENE II
4 Foul fiend Flibbertigibbet KING LEAR, ACT III, SCENE IV
5 You bull’s pizzle. HENRY IV, Part I, ACT II, SCENE IV
6 Would thou wouldst burst! TIMON OF ATHENS, ACT IV, SCENE III
If your students like this kind of activity, please let me know and I will make more like it.
This William Shakespeare resource package is an introduction to Shakespeare’s rich, Elizabethan language. Looking particularly at songs from ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’
Professor Francis Bacon is your guide – and he has a large box crammed with (until now) unknown first drafts of songs Shakespeare featured in his plays. Unfortunately, each draft is, well, a bit of a mess and in real need of editing.
To almost quote Eric Morecambe, it’s the right words but not necessarily in the right order.
The songs featured here are from ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ and the focus is on the end rhymes of the songs. It’s a different activity for each song, but the invitation to young readers is to do the editing and in so doing, play with and engage with the language in an active, creative way.
As with a lot of Shakespeare’s work this presentation is littered with Shakespearean insults. So, don’t have young readers that are lumpish, guts-griping maggot-pies. Turn them into precious, honey-tongued editors!
As well as the presentation, this package includes all necessary texts for photocopying and editing. Ideal for solo, paired or group work.
Ideal for children in Upper KS2 and KS3.
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Shakespeare Insults Posters, Funny Shakespeare, Shakespeare Poster
Have some fun in your classroom by displaying these Shakespearean Insults Posters. Encourage your pupils to use Shakespeare to insult better!
10 Posters A4 PDF files
Suitable for introducing Shakespeare to KS2/3 students.
Task 1: Quiz (with sound effects) asking students to recognise the difference between Shakespearean English and modern English.
Task 2: Write parodies of some of Shakespeare’s most famous lines.
Task 3: Have a go at some Shakespearean insults.
An active on-your-feet starter activity to get students comfortable with Shakespearean language and the culture presented in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Assign students either Montague or Capulet and then they are issued an insult sheet. They then have to greet/insult as many people as possible.