5 Days with William Shakespeare: Teachers can use this set of passages and activities in a number of ways, in class, as assignments, or as an independent study: there are 5 biographical passages about William Shakespeare covering his background, his childhood, his life as a teen and young adult, his early writing career, and his last years. They average around 350 words in length. Each passage stands alone and can be used individually or as warm-ups or bellringers for a five day period. If used as a warm-up, each passage can be read and the activities on the right panel be done within 10 minutes or so. The biography is also included in one continuous text of three pages if the teacher wishes to use it in that format. There is a page of short essay questions that can be used as additional assignments or on a test. This product is aligned for Common Core Standards for grades 9 and 10 but I think it would be appropriate for grade 11 as well and even gifted students in grade 8.
Answer keys are included for all the biographical exercises and a teacher’s guide is included as well. A list of aligned Common Core standards is included.
The Shakespeare biography was written by me and I used a number of very good biographies and reputable websites. The photos are all in the public domain.
I have the following introductory resources about four of Shakespeare's plays. These will provide students with a background on the play, its history, and a brief look at Shakespeare's life:
An Introduction to Hamlet
An Introduction to Julius Caesar
An Introduction to Macbeth
An Introduction to Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Movie Critique Activity
Was William Shakespeare Really Shakespeare?
Shakespeare Poster Templates Set of 22
This resource and the Posters Template set, along with the Was William Shakespeare Really Shakespeare unit are available in a discounted bundle:
Looking for a resource about Shakespeare for younger students? Please have a look at: William Shakespeare
designed for students in grades 4-6.
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