Teaching Shakespeare: Plays, themes and genre

Collections of resources to teach Shakespeare organised by theme, genre and individual play

Heather Imrie

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Earlier this year we published a blog post introducing the new Teaching Shakespeare area on the TES Resources site. This new hub includes education materials from the British Museum, the British Film Institute and Into Film, the V&A museum and the Royal Shakespeare Company, with some of the best teacher-made content from TES Resources too. The aim is to provide teachers with quality, relevant and interesting resources to tackle Shakespeare in an engaging way. 

We explored cultural approaches and context last month, so this post offers an overview of the remaining three sections and an insight into how these resources could support your teaching or inspire you in the classroom.


From appearance and reality to leadership and power, help students to engage with some of the universal themes in Shakespeare’s work and understand how it can still be relevant today.

See how plays can be linked by specific themes, such as family and love, and by broader topics like war and conflict and magic and the supernatural.


Explore some of Shakespeare’s plays in the context of genre conventions and the traditions they represent. Tackle comedyhistory, and tragedy with a view to challenging pupils' perceptions and questioning their understanding.


Discover a diverse range of creative materials for teaching a selection of Shakespeare’s most widely-taught plays, including Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

From The Tempest, Henry V and Macbeth, to OthelloThe Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing, these collections emphasise practical approaches and encourage students to make connections between texts.

Quick links

Teaching Shakespeare website

What is Teaching Shakespeare?

Primary Shakespeare teaching ideas

Teaching Shakespeare: Cultural approaches and context 

Teaching Shakespeare and historical enquiry