This activity is designed to both teach about the language of Shakespeare and lead students through some practice activities that will prepare them to read his unique language.
Students love this activity!
Students will learn about how Shakespeare organizes subject, verb, and object differently than us. They will be asked to practice writing the way he does, and understanding the order.
Students will learn about the printing press and why spelling was not standardized. They will see the various ways Shakespeare's name was spelled and have fun respelling their own name.
Students will learn about letter substitutions in the printing press and then be asked to read an original copy of something printed during Shakespeare's time to decode the substitutions.
Students will learn the difference between thy, thee, thine, thou, and thy. They will then translate lines of Shakespeare using this information.
Overall, this is a fun way to help your students feel more comfortable with the Bard's writing! This requires no teaching on your part! They can do it with a partner.
To make this activity even better, please consider purchase my Shakespeare and the Printing Press Powerpoint. It contains illustrations and more information to enhance student's understanding of his language!