Introduction to Shakespeare's Language - Vocabulary, Grammar, Iambic Pentameter

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Nouvelle ELA
Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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Are you looking for an interactive introduction to Shakespeare’s Language? This activity uses web resources, videos, and a FUN grammar presentation to kick off your Shakespeare unit. Students walk away understanding Shakespeare’s contributions to English, iambic pentameter, and that tricky thou/you.

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Your Shakespeare’s Language resource includes:

  1. Bell Ringer task
  2. Introduction to Shakespeare's Language activities (vocabulary, translation, iambic pentameter)
  3. Independent Practice Activity/Homework
  4. Answer Key
  5. Shakespeare's Grammar Presentation & Practice (.pdf - view in "Full Screen Mode" and click through like you would a PPT)
  6. Digital version (optimized for landscape)

What web resources are included?

Students watch two videos (3 min and 8 min) that are available on YouTube. One explains iambic pentameter with an interactive component and one discusses Shakespeare’s contributions to English vocabulary. Students also consult an online Shakespearean glossary. 

How did you make Shakespeare’s grammar fun?

The presentation goes more in-depth on various grammatical points (the use of pronouns, the formation of verbs, and key prepositions) and provides students with interactive practice exercises. Once students are “playing along,” they really get a better grip of each part of Shakespeare’s grammar.

Can I use these as Shakespeare stations?

You can move through these Shakespeare’s language activities as a class, set them up as stations, or have students complete them independently or in small groups. This resource includes suggestions for managing these choices.

What other teachers are saying:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This was such a great resource and a good way to introduce Shakespeare to my students before beginning our play.” -Erin B.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Great resource and ready to use. My students loved the hip-hop iambic pentameter.” -Gwen M.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This resource provided wonderful supplements to my Shakespeare unit, and it definitely helped prepare the students for reading the text. I appreciated the ease of use, as well as the interactive nature. A great resource I would recommend to anyone teaching Shakespeare, especially to students encountering it for the first time.” -Amanda A.

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Total Pages
25 + digital version
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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