This lesson is intended as an introductory activity to spark interest, but also allows students to practice making inferences and increase fluency with Shakespeare’s language.
The original idea for this lesson came from the Folger Shakespeare Library's "Tossing Lines" activity in which students toss a beanbag around and when the bag comes to them they shout out their line. The first year I taught this, that's all I did. The kids had fun, it piqued their interest, and they enjoyed seeing "their" lines in the story.
The second year, I refined the plan a little more and added a writing/comprehension activity. Download the preview to see the step-by-step instructions.