Introduction to Shakespeare’s Language: Fun Activities to Help w/ Comprehension

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Do your students hate Shakespeare? Is that a stupid question? Perhaps the greatest obstacle between Shakespeare’s plays and student audiences is the unfamiliar language. Quite different from the language we use today, the Elizabethan English found in Shakespeare’s works presents a challenge to even the best readers. Now you can minimize the challenge—and the frustration—by introducing your students to the language of Shakespeare in a way that is fun, meaningful and memorable.

Through the lessons and activities in this packet, your students will better understand and appreciate Shakespeare’s work—and actually enjoy each and every step along the way!

This packet includes:

Glossary of Elizabethan Terms—a listing of frequently found terms in Shakespeare’s works that students can use to decipher meaning as they read as well as for class activities
Translation Practice Worksheet—includes a variety of lines from Shakespeare’s plays that students must translate into modern-day English
Completed Answer Key—to generally make your life easier
Shakespeare Song Tweets—a creative, fun activity in which students take lines from popular songs and rewrite them as Tweets using Elizabethan terms, with examples provided. You can also ask students to guess each others’ songs. Great as bell work or summary activity!
Extension Activity—in which students visit a web site that takes popular songs and cleverly rewrites them as Shakespearean sonnets. They then try their hand at writing their own.
Shakespeare Language Skits—a fun, memorable activity in which students choose from a list of scenarios, then work in groups to write and present a skit using Shakespearean language. Students won’t forget these skits—or the Shakespearean words they use!
Plot Planner—a graphic organizer students can use to develop their skits
Shakespearean Skit Rubric—to set clear expectations and make grading a breeze

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WAIT! READ BEFORE YOU BUY: This packet of activities and handouts can be used on its own or along with the Introduction to the Language of Shakespeare PowerPoint. This comprehensive PowerPoint includes additional background on key language differences, frequently encountered words, as well as plenty of practice and assessment opportunities. Buy BOTH THESE PRODUCTS AS A BUNDLE and save a bundle!
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I’ve done these activities with my own students who tell me they are among the most entertaining and memorable they’ve ever done in English class! More importantly, the activities help them to conquer their fear of Shakespeare and understand and actually appreciate his work. I hope you and your students enjoy them as much as we have!

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Keywords: Shakespearean language, Elizabethan language, Julius Caesar
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