This fun active learning task is designed to ensure that students are familiar with vocabulary relevant to the play by William Shakespeare.
There are 33 words in the crossword. These include difficult words from the text, and keywords which students should know to enable them to discuss the play.
Words in the puzzle are.. assassinate, citizen, conspiracy, consul, corruption, democracy, dictator, empire, fate, forum, governor, honour, Ides, latin, motive, omen, oration, patrician, plebeian, politics, portent, power, republic, rhetoric, senate, senator, slave, soothsayer, tax, tragedy, tribune, triumph, and triumvirate.
Although students often see the puzzle format as a fun task, it is an active learning activity which helps them with spelling and comprehension of new words.
This activity could be used before studying the play if you feel the need to pre-teach vocabulary. You could also use as a summary task on completion of the play to help students remember key words. It is also the type of activity that you could use as a 'filler' on a day when you have nothing else prepared.
A word bank is supplied to support students. You could redact this to make the puzzle more challenging.
The solution is printed on the second page. Download the preview file to see the solution and the grid.
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