Shakespeare research can be fun! In this activity, students enjoy researching the time period and background of Shakespeare as they assume various roles and tasks outlined by the RAFT cards. RAFT (Role, Audience, Format, Task) is a differentiated writing strategy that helps students understand their role as writers for specific audiences (not just for their teachers!).
Students are grouped by number to research a topic pertaining to Shakespeare (e.g. his life, the Elizabethan era, the Globe Theatre). They then share their work by creating their choice of digital presentation (PowerPoint, iMovie, Prezi, etc.). This activity focuses on the research; directions for creating the multimedia presentation are not included; however, a checklist is provided highlighting the requirements for organizing the research into a presentation.
• Colorful RAFT poster
• RAFT cards with “top 10” list to help students organize their research: 10 cards include assigned role, audience, format, and topic plus three research points to start with; 2 additional cards are blank for you or students to create your own
• Student directions, handouts, & checklists
• Teacher answer guides for RAFT card starter questions
• 22 pages total
This product includes suggestions for differentiation and is aligned to CCSS for grades 6-10. It also aligns to grades 11-12 standards, but it is best suited for students new to Shakespeare’s background (or as a review for older students).
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CAN'T GET ENOUGH SHAKESPEARE?
Alas, neither can we! But don't worry, we have some great activities to get your students excited about the Great Bard. Take a look at our Sonnets Lesson Plan, Shakespeare's Birthday Party Task Cards & Activities, and Introductory Shakespeare Bundle.
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