Perhaps the greatest obstacle between Shakespeare’s plays and student audiences is the unfamiliar language. Now you can minimize the challenge by introducing your students to the language of Shakespeare in a way that is fun, meaningful and memorable.
This comprehensive bundle—including a 28-slide PowerPoint and packet of truly engaging activities and handouts—will empower your students to better understand and even appreciate Shakespeare’s work, AND actually enjoy each step along the way! It includes two products, each sold separately on TPT:
Introduction to Shakespeare’s Language: Fun Activities & Printables Packet
• 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!
• Sonnet 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 language they use!
• Skit Plot Planner
—a graphic organizer students can use to develop their skits
• Shakespearean Skit Rubric
—to set clear expectations and make grading a breeze
Introduction to the Language of Shakespeare PowerPoint
on Shakespeare’s language style
• Key differences
between modern and Elizabethan English
• Frequently encountered words
, their definitions, and translation practice examples
• Glossary of Elizabethan Terms
(can be used with handout above and/or enlarged to be used as a poster)
• Practice examples
for students to build comprehension and confidence while you to assess progress
• Shakespeare Skit Activity
—can be used with handouts from activity packet (above)
—to walk the entire class through the skit activity and your expectations
Now you can buy both these products together and save a bundle!
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 PowerPoint and activities will 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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