Crossword puzzle based on Shakespeare's life and work.
As an introduction to Shakespeare, how about setting students an assignment to research his life independently? Use the crossword puzzle (word bank and clues) as a skeleton to the research. At the end of the research, students should be able to explain why each word in the puzzle is important (and solve the puzzle). This is an active learning methodology, designed to stimulate students' interest, without the teacher having to do all of the work.
Each of the 34 words used in the puzzle is a key word in the study of Shakespeare. They include names of family members, contemporary playwrights, historical background, genres, and titles of some of the more famous plays. I have removed the preview because a buyer suggested that his students might find it, and this would give them the full solution.
The puzzle could also be used as an assignment after completion of the a study unit on Shakespeare.
The solution is included. There is a word bank to assist students. You could redact this to make it more challenging.