Teaching Shakespeare: Cultural approaches and context

Heather Imrie
11th March 2016
Teaching Shakespeare, cultural approaches, context, planning, assessment, KS3, KS4, post-16, GCSE, A-level, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13

Bring Shakespeare to life in the classroom

Back in January, you might have seen our blog post introducing the new Teaching Shakespeare area on the TES Resources site. It is the culmination of our partnership with some of the UK's most high profile cultural institutions and is aimed at providing teachers with quality, relevant and interesting resources to tackle Shakespeare in an engaging way.

Find education materials from the British Museum, the British Film Institute and Into Film, the V&A museum and the Royal Shakespeare Company, plus the best teacher-made content from TES Resources too. 

As explained in our previous post, there are five different sections to explore and here, we've picked out two strands to highlight in further detail so you can see the wealth of materials on offer and how they could support or inspire your teaching.

Cultural approaches to teaching Shakespeare

Design - Focus on costume, set and stage design and the role of the designer with materials from the V&A and the RSC that show how directors and designers interpret Shakespeare.

Film - Browse resources from the BFI and Into Film, which reflect on silent Shakespeare, films inspired by Shakespeare, historical clips and how the Bard's work is adapted for screen.

Objects and images - Explore Shakespeare through object-led enquiry with artwork and historical artefacts from the British Museum and the V&A.

Performance - Watch actors, directors and designers talk about performance in videos from the RSC and V&A, plus compare productions and analyse key soliloquies and monologues.

Teaching Shakespeare and context

Shakespeare's life - Who was Shakespeare and how did he live? Investigate context and find an introduction to the playwright here. 

Shakespeare's world - Learn about Elizabethan society from politics and popular beliefs to fashion and the theatre. 

Shakespeare's sources - Examine some of the classical and contemporary materials Shakespeare drew on for inspiration.

Shakespeare's language - Resources and lesson plans to support pupils so they can discover the richness of Shakespeare’s poetry and prose.

Find out more

On the Teaching Shakespeare site you can read more about this collaborative project and the partners we've been working with.

Keep an eye on the TES Resources blog in early April when we'll be following up with a post on themes, genre and plays, plus don't forget we also have teaching Shakespeare ideas for new GCSE specs.


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