Introduction to Shakespeare: the plays
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Shakespeare as a performance
Penned for our 'Teaching Shakespeare' series of emails, Francis Gilbert outlines his ideas for getting students on their feet and/or thinking about the play as a living performance.
Match the famous lines
Penned for our 'Teaching Shakespeare' series of emails, Francis Gilbert created this quiz of famous lines to get students to appreciate how much Shakespeare they know (without knowing it!) and start to see how and why Shakespeare forms part of their 'cultural capital'. A Whizzy matching version is attached.
Shakespeare on show
Encourage creative responses to any of Shakespeare's plays with a series of group activities that accommodate different learning styles. This will work best if you're looking for revision activities on your class play.
Students script a scene from one of Shakespeare's well-known plays - without realising it's Shakespeare they are re-creating!
A practical approach to teaching Shakespeare's plays. Not a scheme of work as such, but a list of ways in to a Shakespeare text.
The tragedy of Ophelia
Varied activities including a symbolism, image and sequencing task. (Film version needed for task 3.)
Rank these elements of Shakespearean tragedy against the plays you are studying. Available also in an interactive sequencing activity.
Romeo and Juliet - the balcony scene. An interactive sequencing exercise.
Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Sort Juliet's speech into the correct order.
Comedy, tragedy or history
Put Shakespeare's plays into their correct category. Could even work at A/AS level.
How well do you know A Midsummer Night's Dream?
Fill in the gaps and circle the correct word or phrase to complete the plot summary.
Macbeth: the witches' spell - the extract
Romeo and Juliet - the balcony scene
Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? The extract and questions.
Twelfth Night - the fight scene
Macbeth: The witches' spell
Fill in the missing ingredients.
All the world's a stage - complete the grid
All the world's a stage word search
A series of adaptable questions, suitable for any SATS scenes.
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Dear Miss Midsummer ...
One of the lovers writes to an agony aunt at the end of Act 1 Scene 1 … write their letter!
Hamlet: Inspector Smallbrain's crime scene report
Make notes about the deaths and write up an official report.
Hamlet: How they all die
Complete the grid with all the gory details.
Witchcraft in Shakespeare's day
A useful introduction to the context of the play.